Sodexo announced the launch of a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable seafood program in early April. The program will commence at some of the most recognized institutions that Sodexo serves in North America.
The locations selected for Sodexo’s program are in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and include: National Geographic, National Academy of Sciences, National Aquarium, The Brookings Institution, International Monetary Fund, Gannett, Marriott International, Sodexo Headquarters (Rio Café), Marymount University, The University of Mary Washington and George Mason University. The program is expected to reach more than one million consumers, and help Sodexo raise awareness about its North American commitment to seafood sustainability. It also demonstrates the positive role consumers can play in contributing to the health of the world’s oceans by the seafood purchasing choices they make.
Sodexo’s latest effort actively promotes nutrition health and wellness while also supporting local fishing communities and the estimated 200 million people directly or indirectly employed by the seafood industry. It contributes to ensuring the survival of ocean stocks for future generations.
“Sodexo’s commitment to seafood sustainability is significant and is helping to transform the global seafood market to a more sustainable basis,” said Kerry Coughlin, MSC Americas Region director. “By obtaining MSC Chain of Custody certification and displaying the MSC eco-label, Sodexo is assuring consumers the seafood they are purchasing is the seafood identified, comes from a MSC certified sustainable fishery and can be traced from their plate to that fishery.”
Sodexo specifically calls for the sourcing of sustainable fish and seafood as part of its Better Tomorrow Plan and through its partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices.Sodexo is working with its suppliers and distribution partners to phase out seafood that is not certified by one of these bodies.