The Food Marketing Institute Board of Directors adopted a new policy at its recent January meeting stating that FMI members support programs to promote a sustainable seafood supply. To achieve this goal, FMI encourages the following:
1. Learn about the issues that relate to seafood sustainability and how they can be applied within companies.
2. Utilize sustainable seafood resources available from FMI and others to educate company and store associates.
3. Consider the sustainability of the seafood supply in the development of procurement policies.
4. Explore sustainable seafood certification programs.
FMI will work in partnership with the seafood industry, environmental organizations and other experts to develop guidelines to promote the long-term viability of the world's seafood supply.
This policy grew out of an initiative by the FMI Sustainable Seafood Working Group, part of its Sustainability Task Force, formed in 2007 to identify issues that can be resolved on an industry-wide basis. The Working Group is developing guidelines to help companies create seafood sustainability programs. It is seeking common standards and practices, consulting with groups such as the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, composed of the world's leading environmental organizations.
Visit www.fmi.org/sustainability/ for a complete list of FMI's sustainability resources, including extensive research on consumer attitudes about sustainability issues.