10-14 June 2019 | Shangri-La Hotel | Bangkok, Thailand


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Pre-Conference Workshop: The Future of Pre-Competitive Collaboration

Sunday June 4, 2017 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

This year’s workshop will look at how pre-competitive strategies are working in seafood and how they can be used to address new challenges and barriers to the uptake of sustainable practices in the future. The goal of the workshop is to give industry stakeholders, and the broader sustainable seafood community, a better understanding of how to apply pre-competitive strategies to their own work. The workshop participants will also explore an opportunity to collaboratively develop a pre-competitive work stream impacting sustainable seafood. Below are three topics that will drive the dialogue:

Sea Pact: Building an Effective Model of Pre-Competitive Business Collaboration

Dealing with complex sustainability issues within the seafood supply chain often requires a tremendous amount of resources, including investments in time and finances to create change. Very rarely do we see wild-caught fishery or aquaculture resources exclusively affecting just one company. So how do we make an impactful sustainable difference in the resources we source? Learn how nine like-minded, but competing North American seafood companies use their collective power to improve the fishing and fish farming systems they procure from.

Individual efforts can be dissipated across numerous projects going in different directions, and are falling far short of what’s needed. It is much more efficient and effective to work on global seafood sustainability issues together rather than trying to solve these complex intertwined issues independently. The Sea Pact model allows multiple businesses to come together and think and act a little outside their normal individual business sphere as part of a collective association of progressive seafood companies that are dedicated to improvement within the industry.

In this session we will examine and discuss this pre-competitive collaboration model- and assess how Sea Pact member companies that compete in overlapping business markets deal with the challenges of working together with their direct competitors. Success here is measured by combined efforts and joint accomplishments that are working to influence change and lead by example within the industry.

From Competitors to Ocean Allies: Corporate pre-competitive platforms for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Most of the large companies in food service have sustainable seafood commitments and are working with the NGO community to shift purchasing in favor of high performing or improving fisheries and aquaculture. But when a business sector bands together, or business across sectors band together, the rate of change can be more impactful sending a stronger expectation throughout the supply chain and to resource managers for seafood from legal and environmentally & socially responsible sources.

This session will share examples of pre-competitive success from the food service, sectors in supporting fishery, aquaculture and human rights issues. It will include a look at the market share/leverage of these sectors by commodity. Importantly, it will also solicit from the panelists the immediate and long term challenges that the private sector faces in achieving their sustainable seafood commitments and in continued engagement in support of improving fisheries and aquaculture, ultimately presenting an appeal to the broader sustainable seafood community.

Rationalising the Differences: How to Efficiently Drive Sustainable Production in a Global Marketplace

As demand grows for sustainable seafood, so does the number and variety of requirements being placed on producers and the supply chain. Here we question why engaging with sustainability can be difficult in the context of conflicting requirements, including different (cultural or other) understandings of sustainability. Do differing requirements placed on producers disincentivise the uptake of sustainable practices? Are investors and seafood businesses considering supply chain risks and mitigation in their decision making? How can we best align market signals in a way that promotes engagement whilst recognising different approaches, requirements and perspectives globally? This session will focus on the opportunity to develop a pre-competitive approach and identify opportunities to align global seafood demand and the uptake of sustainable practices.




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