The Global Food Traceability Center partners with the global food industry to trace products throughout the supply chain in order to improve food safety, diminish risk, and reduce health and economic consequences to the food system. The GFTC collaborates with key stakeholders in the agri-food system to address research gaps, deliver objective advice to its partners, and provide expertise about global food traceability issues for private benefit and public good.
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The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) is a platform bringing together over 40 partners from across the seafood sector worldwide. It was set up in 2013 as a collective, non-competitive approach by industry, NGOs, the FAO and governmental organizations to address the growing confusion in the certification landscape. In October 2015, GSSI’s partners launched the Global Benchmark Tool to reinstate confidence in supply and promotion of certified seafood by recognizing credible certification schemes using the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF), the FAO Guidelines for Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine/Inland Capture Fisheries, and the FAO Technical Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification (FAO Guidelines).
Global Traceability has, since 2012, operated a cloud traceability platform that allows supply chain partners to connect and share product data. The collaborative software allows for supply chain mapping and greater visibility over the supply chain process. Global Traceability has over 85,000 businesses operating on the platform, including global players like Unilever.
Having originally focused on traceability in the timber industry, Global Traceability has in recent years moved into seafood traceability by establishing partnerships with certification schemes including the Marine Stewardship Council and Aquaculture Stewardship Council, as well as major seafood industry stakeholders. With its experience in traceability, certification management, and compliance, Global Traceability can red-flag IUU fishing and enable a more transparent seafood supply chain.
Globalfood Networks has developed an all-inclusive trade and traceability system, in which all aspects of the trade in food products (including public and private trades, forward and reverse auctions, matching based on product profiles) are combined seamlessly with comprehensive modular traceability for both vertical and horizontal components of the supply chain. The system does not require the development of novel data transfer algorithms between sourcing and a traceability platforms and fees are determined by transaction value on the seller’s side only (1.5% or less, depending on annual trade volume). Globalfish.net is currently available, and virtual tours are available upon request.
The GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard operates under a third-party accredited certification system. To claim certified status at point of sale, all stages of production must be certified: feed, seedlings, farming, and post-harvest activities. GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification requires the Integrated Farm Assurance All Farm & Aquaculture Modules, the Chain of Custody Standard, and the Compound Feed Manufacturing Standard. The voluntary Responsible Operations Standard Add-on for feed mills supplying to GLOBALG.A.P. certified farms adds social, environmental, and marine sourcing sustainable criteria to the compulsory food safety requirements and good manufacturing practices.
Greenpeace’s Ocean Campaign focuses on ocean threats including industrial fishing, bycatch, human rights at sea, habitat impacts, and works to improve fishery management. Greenpeace evaluates U.S. retailers on traceability and other sustainability issues through its Carting Away the Oceans reports, and assesses canned tuna brands through its Tuna Shopping Guide. Greenpeace released Sea of Distress, its first evaluation of seafood sustainability among U.S. foodservice management companies and broadline distributors. Greenpeace is working to address transshipment at sea, inadequate observer coverage, insufficient monitoring, and control and surveillance regimes, which the organization has identified as major barriers to traceability efforts. Greenpeace also houses an IUU vessel blacklist on its website, which combines evidence from its own investigations with a compilation of official listings from around the world.
The HKSSC offers a practical and collaborative way to demonstrate good sourcing practices by its members committing to voluntary codes on responsible seafood sourcing.
Buyers and sellers come together to find solutions to shared challenges. HKSSC members drive the agenda with the support of a Secretariat. Expert groups are engaged to ensure sourcing practices tackle pressing issues such as illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, overfishing, traceability, harmful fish farming practices and risks to human health.
Intact Systems is a software company that specializes in providing integrity management solutions for control and certification bodies, standard setters, and businesses that perform internal and supplier audits. Its main product, Ecert, collects and evaluates data about products across the supply chain, facilitating better traceability to enhance the quality and safety of products and services. Ecert allows users to pull from a vast verified database in order to understand their full supply chain and verify data about products and suppliers.
Integrated Monitoring offers realtime visibility with video monitoring, catch reporting and GPS tracking, enabling fishermen to stay connected while at sea. They focus on streamlining and downscaling data, to ensure faster data transfer. In select markets, they also offer an integrated electronic logbook: providing a single, streamlined data entry process for reporting of catch to the company, national and transnational (RFMO) regulators.
For information on what philanthropic, government, and international agencies are funding initiatives around the world to better seafood traceability and counter-IUU fishing practices, please use the Funding the Ocean map.