of our total whole fish purchased in 2018 was traceable to its source
The increase in traceability is attributable to our focus in 2018 on working with our suppliers to improve our data collection and identify origins of the seafood we source.
Identifying the precise sources for fish and seafood is difficult. For pet food, which primarily uses fish by-products, traceability is even more challenging as the typical traceability mechanisms for whole fish do not suffice. So why do we use fish by-products in our pet food? All of Nestlé Purina’s pet food products follow complete and balanced recipes that meet the nutritional needs of dogs and cats at each life stage and for many health conditions.
Over 500 Nestlé Purina animal experts are behind the creation of our recipes to provide perfectly balanced pet nutrition. Some of these recipes include the use of fish by-products, which are nutrient-dense. Fish by-products are parts of a fish that remain after the fish fillets are removed for the human food supply chain. In addition to being nutritionally beneficial, the utilization of fish by-products represents an environmentally and socially responsible practice, by using all the protein sources of a fish while not competing with the human food supply.
Austria, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Faroe Island, France, Island, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States.
Overfishing is a key challenge facing all of us. Nestlé reviews all the species caught to ensure that no critically endangered or endangered species of fish according to the (, which specializes in tackling labor abuses in supply chains, and , which aims to offer workers a voice – to tackle this challenge by developing an innovative training solution using a new showcase fishing vessel.
We funded a Verité training program on responsible recruitment in Cambodia, bringing together civil society, recruitment agents and government around the topic of pre-departure training. This was aimed at designing an intervention program that could leverage the capacity of civil society to reach workers coming to Thailand.
We have also worked with Verité, the and to provide training to vessel owners, captains and workers on topics including safe living and working conditions and responsible recruitment.
To further improve conditions in our supply chain, we have banned transhipment at sea (transferring goods from one vessel to another while in transit), a significant risk factor for labor abuses. We are now working with our suppliers, who have committed to delivering on this.
The abuse of labor rights in the Thai seafood industry is a serious challenge. Issues such as trafficking, forced and underage labor, lack of grievance procedures, workplace conditions, and poor wages and benefits need to be addressed urgently. Working with partners, such as Verité, Issara, the Royal Thai Government and the Seafood Taskforce, and our suppliers, we have been taking action to eliminate these challenges from our supply chain.
Verité collected information from fishing vessels, ports, mills and farms in Thailand. Following , we developed and launched an action plan (pdf, 655Kb), with a dedicated manager based in Thailand to oversee its implementation.
Among the actions implemented was developing a training program to educate vessel owners, captains and crew members on living and working conditions onboard boats, and on workers’ rights. To support this, in 2017, in collaboration with our supplier Thai Union, Verité, the Royal Thai Government and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, we created a new training vessel. Using a previously impounded fishing vessel, we developed a showcase boat, designed to International Labour Organization standards, that demonstrates acceptable conditions. Training began in 2018, and by the end of the year, 116 boat owners and crew had received training.
We have also audited more than 10% of the vessels in the Thai seafood industry so far against the Seafood Task Force limited scope UL (Underwriters Laboratories) auditable standard.
We have also partnered with Issara, a worker voice organization that has been assessing the Thai seafood supply chain to provide workers with access to remediation mechanisms, such as helplines, smartphone messaging apps and through Facebook.