GSSI – Benchmarking and the Certification Landscape
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 the in the supply and promotion of certified seafood by recognizing credible certification schemes.
Since, the tool has seen strong support with many certification schemes signing up to be benchmarked. Between July and December 2016 three of them had already gone through the public steps of the process. The Alaska RFM Program was the first to achieve recognition, with Iceland RFM following in November and the closure of MSC’s public consultation in December. More programs are entering the benchmark process as food service companies and retailers like Ahold Delhaize expect GSSI recognition to become the norm when sourcing certified seafood.
Attendees will have the unique opportunity to discuss key questions with a panel of high level experts from across the supply chain: How is GSSI changing the way our industry deals with certification and how will it drive improvement? Steering Board members will share their vision for GSSI’s future and how they expect this multi-stakeholder partnership to promote change towards a more sustainable seafood sector.