5 October 2022

Why sustainability is important to us

sustainability

According to findings released by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), people around the world are growing more concerned about the state of the world’s oceans and more aware than ever of how their buying habits may contribute to this growing threat.

Research by Globescan* found that 90% of the respondents are concerned about the state of the oceans, with issues such as pollution, over-fishing, and illegal or prohibited fishing troubling them most. The same respondents believe that it is important to eat seafood from a sustainable source and they are primarily motivated by protecting the oceans for future generations.

Our commitment to our customers

Atlantis Foods is committed to operating in a way that is both economically and ecologically sustainable, starting with responsible sourcing that respects the ocean habitat as well as the human capital involved in the process.

Our MSC/ASC certified products comply fully with the MSC/ASC Chain of Custody Standard, which ensures that those products are traceable and separated from non-certified products. We also submit to an annual audit to demonstrate our commitment. The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) upholds strict requirements for responsible aquaculture that encourage seafood producers to minimise the key environmental and social impacts of aquaculture.

WWF-SASSI

In 2012, we joined the WWF-SASSI Retailer/Supplier Participation Scheme by committing sustainable seafood procurement through their large network. We are one of only two suppliers that willingly submit ourselves to the scrutiny of WWF-SASSI Retailer/Supplier Participation Scheme aside from well-known retail and hospitality brands.

Collaborating with WWF-SASSI enables us to make sustainable choices and add our voice to the global call for suppliers to improve their sustainability too, including their fishing methods. This seventh edition of the WWF-SASSI Retailer/Supplier Participation Scheme report focuses on progress made by South Africa’s top seafood vendors that have been working towards a sustainable seafood supply chain. It also reflects on the long-term impacts of climate change on our collective oceans and local seafood supply chain.

This combined 2020/2021 report showcases seafood traders’ public commitments when it comes to procuring and selling sustainable seafood. In turn, their commitments create a strong market incentive for large and small-scale fisheries to improve their practices, and suppliers can ensure that they are buying from responsibly managed fisheries. Since 2014, Atlantis Foods has improved our commitment target from 51% to 71%, and we are dedicated to increasing this number more in the immediate future.

“Changes in fish stocks necessitate changes in how we manage sustainable fishing and procurement practices. Through our continual collaboration with WWF-SASSI, our partnership with MSC and ASC, and our partner factories’ MSC and ASC certification, we continue to strive to make positive choices. Atlantis Foods Group is committed to continue our sustainable seafood initiatives and practices.” – Vincent Lederle, Atlantis Food Group

*GlobeScan carried out research in 23 countries, involving 25,000 people about attitudes to seafood and ocean health.

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