The Standards and Blue Economy Report is a pioneering effort that assembles and comparatively analyzes an information and analytical base covering some major marine and freshwater sustainability-oriented certification initiatives.

GLOBALG.A.P. received a positive rating as part of this comparative analysis. According to the report (p.48), “Given the rigorous nature of health and safety regulations related to seafood, retailers secure a double advantage of strengthening health, safety and sustainability goals through a single compliance effort.”

GLOBALG.A.P. welcomes such independent studies as they bring more transparency into the complex and unique seafood supply chain. Dr. Kristian Moeller, CEO GLOBALG.A.P., said, "Seafood supply is complex and unique. Both stakeholder and consumer awareness are crucial for understanding the differences between the two main sources of seafood, namely fisheries and aquaculture, and how this difference translates for the consumer. When it comes to comparing the various schemes, the most important aspect to consider is transparency, as this study has shown right from the start. Only through transparency can the information provided be considered reliable. Although schemes enter the aquaculture sector into the same category, they are quite often very different and it is this differentiation, which is the key message of the study, that is of great value for us." 

The State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) project was founded under the auspices of the UNCTAD/IISD Sustainable Commodity Initiative and is implemented by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST).

To read the report in full, download it here.

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