Compass UK & Ireland has become the first major food foodservice company to join the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), the organisation committed to voluntary codes of conduct regarding the sourcing and labelling of all seafood products.
Compass said that by joining the SSC, it now had to ensure that all fish products are sourced with environmental responsibility in mind, and that this is made clear on products with food labels. Compass joins retailers and brands such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Birds Eye UK in supporting the coalition.
SSC coordinator Katie Miller said: “Having Compass Group UK & Ireland join the SSC is fantastic as more people across the UK will be eating responsibly sourced fish. Compass is leading the way for other major foodservice businesses to step up their public commitments to seafood sustainability.”
The coalition is a partnership of UK businesses aiming to ensure that all fish and seafood sold in the UK comes from sustainable sources. Compass’s commitment to the SSC was described by the organisation as “a huge step for the SSC codes’ recognition”.
With more than 60,000 workers, Compass is the UK’s largest foodservice company and works on sports events, military bases, schools and care homes across 15,000 locations in the UK. Compass Group’s head of corporate responsibility Duncan Gray said: “We’re proud to now be members of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition and extend our dedication to only using fish that is sourced responsibly across our business.”
The company said it welcomes the recent news that North Sea cod has been certified as sustainable for the first time in 20 years, adding that it remains concerned about certain stocks such as sea bass.
Ecovia Intelligence Comment
Compass is one of a growing number of operators making a commitment to sustainable seafood. Retailers and foodservice operators are under pressure from stake-holders to provide more transparency in their supply chains. Expect to see other operators follow its lead.
Developments in sustainable seafood are regularly featured at the Sustainable Foods Summit. The Latin American edition of this executive summit will be hosted in São Paulo on 18-20th September, whilst the Asia-Pacific edition will take place in Singapore on 28-30th November.
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Source: Fish Update / Ecovia Intelligence (15/08)