WALMART HQ ‘Sustainability Summit’: “Our goal is to build transparency and continuous improvement with the seafood supply chain”

The world’s #1 retailer Walmart (owner of Asda in the UK) convened last week a “Sustainability Summit” at its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Around 75 suppliers in total attended the sustainability summit, along with representatives of the Global Aquaculture Alliance [GAA]’s Best Aquaculture Practices [BAP] program, the Marine Stewardship Council [MSC], the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute [ASMI], the Aquaculture Stewardship Council [ASC], and the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative [GSSI].

Read: Walmart recognizes suppliers’ efforts at sustainability-focused meeting (Seafood Source, February 6, 2018): https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/walmart-recognizes-suppliers-efforts-at-sustainability-focused-meeting

[…] “Our goal is to build transparency and continuous improvement with the seafood supply chain, so that we can build confidence and provide for our customers now and in the future,” Eastham [Mark Eastham, Walmart’s senior manager for sustainability] said.

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Other recent global efforts by Walmart to improve the sustainability of its seafood include:

  • A collaboration with Japanese suppliers and nonprofits to launch Japan’s first FIP, with the aim of improving the sustainability of the sea perch fisheries in Tokyo Bay.

  • The launch of its seafood initiative in the United Kingdom, the U.S., and Canada in 2016, in fiscal year 2017, the expansion of its initiative to Brazil, Mexico and Central America, with ongoing efforts in all the above markets expand sustainable seafood offerings and efforts by working with suppliers to gain greater transparency into their seafood sourcing.

  • Achievement of 100 percent of Walmart and Sam’s Club fresh and frozen, farmed and wild seafood being sustainably sourced in accordance with Walmart’s Seafood Policy, based on supplier-reported data in the U.S.

  • Achieving a 99 percent Best Aquaculture Practices certification rate for its farmed supply chain in 2016, with the remaining one percent of farmed suppliers committing to obtaining certification within the year.

  • Reaching a 35.9 percent Marine Stewardship Council or Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative certification rate for the retailer’s U.S. wild seafood suppliers, with the remainder of its suppliers involved in FIPs, with plans in place to achieve sustainable certification.