• Purchasing & Supply Chain - In Practice

     Our Commitment to Purchasing Sustainable Seafood 

    Global seafood consumption has doubled since 1973, and experts estimate that by 2020 there will be an additional demand of 32 million tons of seafood, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Meeting this demand can impact ocean ecosystems, but changes in fishing practices are helping to create a growing, viable, sustainable supply of seafood.

    Some fishing practices deplete fish populations, damage habitats, and pollute the water. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program defines sustainable seafood as seafood from sources, whether fished or farmed, that can maintain or increase production without jeopardizing the structure and function of affected ecosystems.

    Seafood Watch® helps consumers and businesses make choices to support healthy oceans. Their recommendations indicate which seafood items are a "Best Choice" or "Good Alternative," and which ones you should "Avoid."

    To support responsible choices and minimize impact on the environment and fisheries, in 2008, ARAMARK made a commitment in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program to transition our seafood purchases in the US to sustainable sources by 2018.   

    Together with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and our suppliers, we have been driving toward this commitment. Since 2008, we have made measurable progress in our purchase of sustainably sourced seafood. We have increased our purchase of Seafood Watch® approved seafood from our largest distributor from 17 percent in 2008 to 30 percent in 2012. Much of this progress is within the frozen fin fish category, which represents about 62 percent of our total purchases from our largest distributor. To date, 74% of our frozen fin fish purchases meet the Seafood Watch® “Best Choice” and “Good Alternative” recommendations.

    We’re now in the process of identifying the next phase of our transition to sustainable seafood so that we can meet our 2018 goal. We continue to work with our suppliers to phase in fresh seafood from sustainable sources. To support our front-line employees and raise awareness about the issue of sustainable seafood among our clients and customers, we’ve also expanded operator guidance and consumer marketing materials.

    "ARAMARK’s commitment, along with similar commitments from other businesses, is helping to transform the marketplace. By creating more demand for seafood from sources that protect the health of ocean ecosystems, we can improve fishing practices around the world,” said Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, Director of the Seafood Watch® program.