Sodexo Will Only Reel In Sustainable Wild-Caught Seafood by 2015

Sodexo Will Only Reel In Sustainable Wild-Caught Seafood by 2015

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Food service company Sodexo has partnered with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and plans to source all of its wild-caught seafood from sustainable fisheries by 2015.

Sodexo, which serves food and manages facilities at 6,000 offices, schools, hospitals and other locations in North America, currently purchases about 10 million pounds of wild caught seafood a year and another 10 million pounds of farmed seafood a year.

By 2015, Sodexo plans to source all of its wild-caught seafood from fisheries that have been certified by the MSC. The non-profit organization's certification process uses third-party fishery assessments, and more than 2,800 seafood products carry the MSC's label.

About half of Sodexo's seafood comes from MSC certified waters, but the seafood does not carry the MSC label, and the chains of custody are not certified. The company's new commitment is to have all of its fish carry the MSC label and for all of the chains of custody to be certified.

The partnership with the MSC is one of many steps that Sodexo has taken toward sustainability. The company has also realized the savings possible by switching to recycled paper napkins and helped create the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops, an effort to optimize the supply chains for certain crops.

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[Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of Sodexo's seafood purchases and certification goals.]