Sobeys Inc. Responsibly Sourced Seafood Commitment
Seafood is an important component in our company’s offering to help customers Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. It has been an integral part of Sobeys’ heritage and Maritime roots stretching back over one hundred years.
Our commitment is straightforward. Sobeys will actively manage our complete assortment so that we will not sell any seafood species’ that have major sustainability issues associated with them.
Supporting our overall commitment to sustainability, Sobeys wants to ensure that seafood is available to meet the needs of customers today and in the future. We understand that protecting the long-term health of ocean ecosystems is important to ensuring the continued viability of the species we source as well as to supporting the economies of the communities we source from, many of which are in Canada.
Sustainable Seafood Working Group
Sobeys continues to work diligently to transition to sustainable sources. The company has assembled an internal team that includes national and regional experts as well as non-governmental partners. The group meets regularly to identify and focus on opportunities for improvements.
Sobeys regularly communicates our responsibly sourced seafood program to the supplier community. We continually gather sourcing information such as species, tonnage, geographical location of harvest, and fishing gear type from suppliers for the seafood they supply for our company.
This information has and will allow us to understand the state of our current assortment as we work with the industry to improve where and how products are caught or farmed.
We believe that the people working to catch, farm and process seafood must do so under accepted global standards for safe and fair working conditions. Sobeys will require that suppliers operating in countries at risk for social compliance issues, provide independent audits as proof that their operations meet our expectations.
We will continue to partner with the non-governmental organizations to gain objective, science-based assessments on the seafood we sell.
We will not source species listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered by the International Union of Concerned Scientists (IUCN), nor will we source from high-risk fisheries that lack an improvement plan or from suppliers known as harvesting through illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing. Sobeys does support the seafood industry on Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) and Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIPs) to improve the environmental performance of these sources. Sobeys recognizes FIPs and AIPs as important initiatives in developing responsible supply chains. We support procuring from both comprehensive and basic FIPs as outlined in the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solution’s Guidelines for Supporting Fishery Improvement Projects, and we are committed to only sourcing from FIPs that demonstrate true progress. FIPs must consistently achieve a minimum of a “C” rating in accordance with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s Fishery Improvement Project Ratings.