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Sustainable Seafood


Compass Group, in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, has developed purchasing standards for sustainably farmed shrimp. To sell farmed shrimp to our company, suppliers must verify – via independent, third-party audit – that they are meeting these purchasing standards. (The standards equate to a “good alternative” ranking under the sustainability criteria of the Seafood Watch program.) Suppliers must also document for Compass Group an independently traceable process that assures the shrimp delivered to Compass Group were produced according to the purchasing standards.

We believe these corporate purchasing standards can eventually be supplanted by a rigorous international certification program for aquaculture operations that reflects the same sustainability criteria used by the Seafood Watch program regarding:

1. Use of marine resources
2. Risk to wild stocks from escapes
3. Risk of disease and parasite transfer to wild stocks
4. Risk of pollution and habitat effects and,
5. Effectiveness of the management regime.

(2009) Compass Announces Results of Landmark Policy to Purchase Sustainable Seafood

(2006) Compass Group Announces Landmark Policy to Purchase Sustainable Seafood 

(2012) We reached an all time peak of realizing a 71% by weight sourcing level deemed sustainable by Seafood Watch. This was a 20% increase from our 2011 level. More importantly, we exceeded our goal to transition unsustainable aquaculture from an annual target of 500K lbs set in 2010 to sourcing 900K lbs in 2012.

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