Sysco has announced an expanded commitment to improve by 2025 the sustainability of its seafood procurement practices and standards in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Through its continued collaboration with WWF, Sysco will expand the current responsible sourcing program for its U.S. broadline business to also include sourcing for its specialty and Canadian broadline business, as well as increase the purchase of certified responsible seafood. It also adds new commitments to prohibit the sale of endangered species, advance its traceability work and help address deforestation.
Specifically, Sysco’s commitments include achieving by the end of 2025 sourcing 100% of its top 15 wild-caught Sysco Portico Brand seafood species groups from fisheries that are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC); engaging with suppliers of Sysco Portico Brand farmed shrimp products to ensure supply chains are traceable to the farm’s geographic location and address issues of deforestation or conversion of natural ecosystems; and working with WWF to adopt key traceability principles and build on the work of the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability.
Neil Russell, Sysco’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and chief communications officer, said: “Together with WWF, we will continue working to implement sustainable sourcing practices that advance the health of fisheries and fishing communities around the world.”
Sysco has held a partnership on seafood sustainability with WWF since 2009. The company’s commitments during this time have resulted in its sourcing over 700m pounds of more sustainable seafood, securing the livelihoods for more than 100,000 people, and improving protections for species and habitats worldwide.
“Sysco has been a leader in its industry and the global movement to ensure more sustainable seafood production worldwide,” said Caroline Tippett, senior director of seafood markets at WWF. “Due to its direct engagement, Sysco has influenced global supply chains, markets and fisheries to engage in the journey towards producing more responsible seafood. We greatly commend Sysco’s continued commitment to this movement with its new, even more robust 2025 commitment goals. These efforts help safeguard the natural environment, the livelihoods of people who depend on these resources, and support the future stability of the seafood industry as a whole.”
To learn more about Sysco’s commitment to sustainable seafood, read the Sysco and WWF Seafood Sustainability Report.