Chicken of the Sea’s Commitment to Sustainability
September 27, 2012
Chicken of the Sea takes pride in our long-standing commitment to operating a socially and environmentally responsible business. Our sustainability efforts begin when the seafood is caught and extend all the way through processing, packaging and delivery to our consumers.
We recently released our first corporate sustainability report, which is a result of a yearlong third-party assessment that examined practices throughout our entire organization and supply chain.
As part of this process, we identified four key areas for improvement:
- Data collection systems for carbon, waste and water throughout our facilities – We realized we are responsible for 75,600 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, with freight transportation accounting for 78 percent of our total emissions. We are committed to vigorously working with our freight vendors to improve these emissions and support our vendor’s own sustainability initiatives.
- Supporting the product life cycle for all of our products, from responsible fishing practices to using recycled-content packaging materials – In 2011, we focused on collecting robust data to create a baseline to measure future progress. In 2012, we are using this information to identify opportunities to reduce our environmental impact and implement new management systems.
- Supply chain management – We underwent a thorough review of our supply chain, which led to a new Supplier Code of Conduct. We are continuing to develop a more formalized auditing plan for our supply chain, which will be introduced within the next two years.
- Sustainability expectations for Chicken of the Sea employees – We are working to more closely integrate sustainability expectations into our employee engagement activities.
Our sustainability assessment is the first step in what will be an ongoing and long-term effort to better communicate with our consumers on issues of social and environmental responsibility. We look forward to openly sharing our sustainability challenges and opportunities in the coming years.
For more information and to read our 2011 Sustainability Report, please visit the Sustainability section of our website.