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Global Action Plan for Sustainable Fish & Seafood Sourcing
by METRO AG Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (Private sector)
Fisheries play a significant role in feeding our planet. Never before has responsible and sustainable fishing been so important for ensuring the well-being of people and the environment. Increasing demand for protein is putting pressure on fish stocks, while poorly managed aquaculture has a negative impact on the environment.

As fish is an important element of the companys business, METRO Cash & Carry takes responsibility at various stages of the value chain. METRO Cash & Carry develops measures to promote responsible fishing in accordance with the customers needs, nature and people working in the seafood industry.

METRO Cash & Carry aims to improve its sustainable fish assortment by consistently requiring transparency and continuously optimizing the environmental and social aspects of fishing.

METRO Cash & Carry has identified its twelve major fish and seafood species. 80% of these species will be sourced from certified providers by 2020 according to one of the following certification standards:

- ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council)
- European Organic Certification
- FOS (Friend of the Sea)
- GAA BAP (Global Aquaculture Alliance Best Aquaculture Practices)
- MSC (Marine Stewardship Council)

or according to another certification standard that has been recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI).
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
December 2020
Achievement of action plan
Staff / Technical expertise
Knowledge sharing and technology transfer to encourage sustainable practices
Other, please specify
Sharing of best practice within the within the seafood industry and the wider food sector
Basic information
Time-frame: May 2017 - December 2020
METRO AG Wholesale & Food Specialist Company
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Veronika Pountcheva, Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility, veronika.pountcheva@metro.de, +492119693192
Duesseldorf, Germany
Other SDGs
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