New Guidance for PAS 1550 – Implementation is Imminent

This code of practice was developed by PEW, EJF (Environment Justice Foundation) and WWF to combat Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and social abuse challenges on board fishing vessels. It is estimated that Illegal fishing is costing the global seafood industry an estimated 10-23.5 Billion US Dollars  every year.

To help combat this situation, these NGOs have worked tirelessly with industry and key supply chain stakeholders to put in place a set of systems, that if followed, will mitigate these risks by enhancing the traceability and transparency of where seafood sourced and sold within the supply chain actually comes from.

EJF has a wide network of contacts within the UK retailer sector and will use its influence to ensure that the key principles of this PAS 1550 code of practice are incorporated into the responsible sourcing policies for their supply chains.

In May 2019 Marks & Spencer and Waitrose added their names to the EJF charter to sign up to their ten principles of global transparency, which the implementation of this PAS 1550 will support.

Marks & Spencer and Waitrose & Partners have become the latest major retailers to sign the Environmental Justice Foundation’s Charter for Transparency. They join the Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Tesco in making a commitment to ensure their seafood supply chains are free from illegal fishing and human rights abuse. This is a significant and unifying step forward, says EJF: together these five companies represent the vast majority of grocery sales in the UK. ( May 2019)

RS Standards welcome these initiatives and have the expertise and experience to support businesses with their supply chain mapping and risk assessment, helping them  develop fully transparent and traceable supply chains in line with global best practice.

Mike Platt

Lead Partner