Category Archives: Fair Trade

FAIR Trade USA & the ASC partner to pilot the Fair Trade “add-on” to some ASC-certified farms; of ASC’s Improver Programme

Fair Trade USA, the leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the leading certification and labelling program for responsible aquaculture, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pilot Fair Trade USA’s requirements in some ASC-certified fish farms, it was announced on October 9, 2018.

Through this collaboration, the organizations will implement Fair Trade USA’s innovative model of responsible business and conscious consumption in certified fish farms adhering to the robust environmental and social criteria of the ASC standard. The pilot will also examine how the Fair Trade program can work as a ladder towards ASC certification within the framework of ASC’s newly formed “Improver Programme.”

Chris Ninnes, CEO of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, signs MOU with Julie Kuchepatov, Seafood Director of Fair Trade USA, to pilot Fair Trade USA’s requirements in some ASC-certified fish farms.

The Fair Trade model enables sustainable livelihoods for fishermen around the world while empowering them to improve their communities via the Community Development Fund – additional income earned for every pound of Fair Trade Certified™ seafood sold.  To date, there are nine Fair Trade Certified seafood supply chains and several more in the pipeline.

ASC distinguishes fish farms that operate to the highest social and environmental standards. ASC standards are created in a transparent, multi-stakeholders process and are reviewed at regular intervals to ensure that the requirements remain robust, reflecting best global practices. With the launch of ASC’s Improver Programme, producers can now receive guidance on how to improve their farming methods. The goal of the program is to leverage market forces by attracting producers at all stages on the journey towards sustainability to drive improvements in those areas where the biggest change can be achieved.   Continue reading FAIR Trade USA & the ASC partner to pilot the Fair Trade “add-on” to some ASC-certified farms; of ASC’s Improver Programme

SUSTAINABLE crop certification “could do more to help world’s poorest farmers”; 84,853 certs covering >1 million farms mapped

Continue reading SUSTAINABLE crop certification “could do more to help world’s poorest farmers”; 84,853 certs covering >1 million farms mapped

“TRANSPARENCY is a qualifier for an increasing proportion of consumers… if you don’t tell your story somebody else will for you!” – Asda on seafood & transparency

Continue reading “TRANSPARENCY is a qualifier for an increasing proportion of consumers… if you don’t tell your story somebody else will for you!” – Asda on seafood & transparency

LCA & ‘true’ vs. ‘hidden’ environmental / social costs of food production: ‘The true value’ of sustainable foods once ‘externalities’ are removed

Continue reading LCA & ‘true’ vs. ‘hidden’ environmental / social costs of food production: ‘The true value’ of sustainable foods once ‘externalities’ are removed

“SIMPLY put, building transparency is the right thing to do” in the seafood supply chains – Blueyou Case Study

Continue reading “SIMPLY put, building transparency is the right thing to do” in the seafood supply chains – Blueyou Case Study

TUNA: Launch of First Ever Dual Certified Fair Trade and MSC Seafood Product

PS May 8, 2017: Below is the text of the Blueyou PR issued February 14, 2017, posted retrospectively to the Seafood Intelligence news database for archival purpose:

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Launch of First Ever Dual Certified Fair Trade and MSC Seafood Product

Male | Zürich | Oakland. Horizon FisheriesBlueyou Trading and Fair Trade USA have partnered to launch the first ever seafood product, canned skipjack tuna, that carries both the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Fair Trade Certified™ labels. Fishing communities from four islands in the Maldives, which have caught skipjack tuna using traditional pole & line gear for centuries, are now receiving this unique recognition for being both sustainably managed and socially equitable. The fishery, which includes a fleet of 25 family-owned vessels that are based in the Laam Atoll in the Southern part of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, has been MSC certified since 2012, indicating it meets the organization’s rigorous standards for environmental sustainability.

“We are proud to be the first MSC certified fishery to now also carry Fair Trade Certified™ label, which reflects our company’s policy and long-standing commitment towards a socially responsible and fair partnership with fishermen, island communities and our factory workers in the Maldives,” says Adnan Ali, Managing Director of Horizon Fisheries in the Maldives, the local project partner and exclusive manufacturer of the Fair Trade tuna.

International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) is pleased to see one of its founding members involved in this project “Through the certification, Horizon Fisheries is further demonstrating its commitment to the fishing communities they work with and providing consumers with the opportunity to buy tuna that meets the highest environmental and social standards on the market,” states Alice Miller of IPNLF.

The Fair Trade project was developed in joint partnership with Blueyou Trading, a global trading and service company for sustainable seafood solutions. For every Fair Trade Certified canned tuna product sold, a 3 percent premium goes directly back to the fishermen for investment in important community projects, like education, improved access to drinking water, and healthcare. The fishing community was also required to meet a set of rigorous social and environmental standards to earn the certification.

“Our objective with Fair Trade has been to recognize the unique dedication of Horizon Fisheries to work with traditional coastal tuna fisheries and partner with local communities for value chain improvement. The fishermen are landing their catch right at the factory’s jetty where tuna is being processed into cans – this is as direct and transparent a tuna supply chain can get,” says René Benguerel, Managing Director of Blueyou Trading.

The tuna is processed by the company’s 845 permanent and temporary workers and exported to markets in Europe and North America. Through a Fair Trade workers fund – funded by Blueyou Trading – all factory workers at Horizon Fisheries benefit from this project in addition to the local fishing communities. “Fair Trade should not stop at a manufacturers’ door. We believe that all local actors of our supply chain should benefit from the program,” explains Benguerel. “Social responsibility and adequate participation of local stakeholders in global value chains should become a key topic of the sustainable seafood movement in the future.”

For Fair Trade USA, the non-profit organization that launched the first Fair Trade CertifiedTMseafood two years ago, the achievement is another milestone in the program’s short history. “We’re thrilled to celebrate the world’s first fishery to obtain dual certifications from both MSC and Fair Trade USA. Our partners on the ground, as well as the fishermen themselves, worked incredibly hard to meet Fair Trade’s requirements, and we’re excited to see that hard work come to fruition,” says Ashley Apel, Seafood Program Senior Manager at Fair Trade USA.

Certified products will first be launched in Germany and Switzerland by the German company Followfood under its brand followfish in early 2017. “We have a longstanding partnership with Blueyou and Horizon Fisheries and we are extremely happy to offer the first Fair Trade and MSC certified seafood product to our clients. Our company has always been pioneering market trends and we believe that Fair Trade should be the future benchmark for all seafood products harvested by small-scale producers and communities worldwide,” states Jürg Knoll, Managing Director and Founding Partner of Followfood.

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The dual certified products can be expected in the US in time, as more fishers become involved and volumes continue to grow.  Blueyou and Horizon have secured an agreement with Rema Foods, the leading importer of private label canned tuna in the US. “Rema Foods is looking forward to offering our customers this groundbreaking product in the US.  It’s imperative that we all do our part to protect our seafood resources and the fishermen that bring us this wonderful resource,” says Rema Foods CEO, Robert Feuerstein.

SUSTAINABILITY, transparency & trustworthiness of seafood ecolabels: MSC & ASC come top for several categories – Mileu Centraal ranking

Continue reading SUSTAINABILITY, transparency & trustworthiness of seafood ecolabels: MSC & ASC come top for several categories – Mileu Centraal ranking

RECOMMENDATIONS on responsible aquaculture made by The Responsible Business Forum Working group – June 2015 meeting: Incl. “Consider a Fairtrade-type certification for (feed) fisheries.”

Continue reading RECOMMENDATIONS on responsible aquaculture made by The Responsible Business Forum Working group – June 2015 meeting: Incl. “Consider a Fairtrade-type certification for (feed) fisheries.”

ANOVA Food launches the “world’s first Fair Trade-certified seafood”… Tuna; Through Safeway Inc. in Northern California, Portland & Seattle

After four years of development, Anova Food recently began importing the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ seafood. Beginning with wild-capture tuna from small-scale fishermen in Indonesia, this program is the first of its kind to address both social and environmental responsibility in fishing communities across the globe.  The world’s first Fair Trade fish will debut in Safeway stores in their Northern California, Portland and Seattle divisions in March. As additional supply becomes available, the tuna will be introduced in other operating areas. Continue reading ANOVA Food launches the “world’s first Fair Trade-certified seafood”… Tuna; Through Safeway Inc. in Northern California, Portland & Seattle