Sodexo partners with Marine Stewardship Council

June 9—Sodexo has signed a worldwide agreement with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to promote MSC-certified seafood across the 80 countries where it operates.

By committing to source sustainable fish and seafood, Sodexo will contribute to reversing the decline of living marine resources and will help protect marine biodiversity, according to a company press release. The partnership is part of Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow Plan, which is the company’s roadmap for sustainability. The company’s five-part seafood strategy includes maintaining a wide variety of species in Sodexo’s catalogues and menus, banning species at risk and implement control measures for others, using eco-standards or labels, setting up supply for sustainable aquaculture and developing sourcing according to a collaboration with WWF.

“Sodexo is the first foodservices company to have a worldwide agreement with MSC for wild caught fish,” Damien Verdier, Sodexo group executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said in a press release. “Under this initiative, Sodexo will continue to work for a collaborative climate to improve fisheries management, promoting awareness of sustainability issues and encouraging suppliers, partners and clients to participate in the MSC program and support sustainable seafood practices.”

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