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Our Goals

The Alliance has long-term goals that help guide our work with the Global Hub to drive improvements in the environmental and social performance of global commercial seafood production. 

2030 ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY GOAL

By 2030, at least 75% of global, commercial seafood production is environmentally responsible or making verifiable improvements.

2030 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY GOAL

By 2030, the seafood movement is 1) well informed on social responsibility *, 2) partnering with and amplifying the work of human and labor rights leaders and other experts and, 3) implementing best practices. 

The Alliance’s goals align with other global goals including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, and the One Health Approach

2030 ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY GOAL PROGRESS

As of June 2022 **, 36% of global commercial seafood falls into the category of responsible or improving when measured with the Certification and Ratings Collaboration (CRC) Data Tool ***, this is an increase from 34% in 2021 and 34% in 2020. 

In addition, 7% is unsustainable and 57% is unassessed. 

It is important to note that these numbers may change for a variety of reasons such as the addition of new data sources, changes in the percentage of seafood produced, or improvements to production practices. Most notable in the 2021 data set is the addition of BAP certification to the Data Tool and sizable increases in the FIP and AIP volumes and a 16% decrease in unassessed production.

* The Alliance definition of social responsibility includes 1) human rights as outlined in the International Bill of Human Rights, 2) labor rights from the 8 ILO core labor conventions and ILO Work in Fishing Convention (C188), and 3) community development indicators (as outlined in the SRA).

** The CRC Data Tool, last updated on June 30, 2021, is based on FAO and RFMO data from 2019.

*** Learn more about the CRC Data Tool on their webpage. You may contact CRC through that portal with any feedback or questions.

Responsible and Improving – Responsible and improving includes the CRC Data Tool categories of Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program green and yellow rated seafood; ASC, FairTrade USA, BAP Farm Standard, and MSC certified seafood; and Fishery and Aquaculture Improvement Projects (FIPs and AIPs)

Unsustainable – Unsustainable production is rated ‘Avoid’ by Seafood Watch

Unassessed – Unassessed production includes seafood that is in assessment or does not fit in the other categories above

2030 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY GOAL PROGRESS

We have a ways to go before our social responsibility goals are realized, however, we are making progress toward a more informed seafood movement and partnering and amplifying the work of human and labor rights leaders. 

As of July 1, 2022, we have: 

  • Held a Discussion Series in March-April 2022 with human and labor rights experts and the Alliance Board to have open and honest conversations and share ideas for a path forward that is beneficial to both the human and labor rights groups and to the Alliance. In our short time together, we succeeded in surfacing tensions and themes and identifying possible next steps for co-creating future projects. 

ALLIANCE PROJECTS DRIVE TOWARD THE 2030 ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY GOALS 

HOW OUR GOALS HELP TRANSFORM THE SEAFOOD INDUSTRY

Progress against the Alliance’s environmental and social goals supports businesses’ sustainability and responsibility efforts in the following ways:

  • Responsible and improving seafood production will increase
  • Worker productivity and retention will rise; reforming practices will help to address labor shortages
  • Companies will make progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals, including a better understanding of the role of women in seafood work
  • There will be an increased recognition and loyalty of investors and consumers: both ends of the “buyer” chain
  • The quality of governance will improve, making it harder for bad actors to do business 
  • Supply chain resilience will increase, including reduced vulnerability to shocks in the system (like pandemics)
  • Transparency about company and supply chain practices will improve
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