Certifications: Not just food safety anymore. Certifications now validate supply chain activity across our 3 main areas of focus. 1. Food safety and quality 2. Social Impact and Fair treatment of labor and staffing 3. Appropriate engagement and stewardship of the natural resources (fisheries) which support the livelihoods of the entire industry.
Over the last decade, the seafood industry has evolved in terms of looking to validate its claims (to avoid bad faith in competition). We have been at the head of the pack at NAI, assessing, embracing, critiquing, and when we have found gaps - creating our own - certifications. We are deeply knowledgeable in applicable certifications as they relate to the wild catch space, and often act as consulting experts for our retail partners as they navigate the forest of potential certifications as they craft sustainability messaging and sourcing policies.
Our combined experience informs our perspective that commercial considerations (cost, complexity, and resource access) are not "another" variable to consider, but need to be part of the solution set as they approach adoption and market acceptance. As of this writing, we particularly align our work with the following certifications as best-at-what-they-do. We hope to co-develop best-in-class over time.