M&S makes supply chain commitment

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced it will require all fishing boats supplying the company to be certified by the Responsible Fishing Scheme by 2021, in a bid to address mounting concerns about over-fishing, welfare, and human rights violations in the global fishing industry supply chain.

The multinational company said it has become the first retailer to make a worldwide commitment to the RFS initiative, which is operated by the Seafish industry body and requires fishing vessels to comply with a series of best practice standards covering staff welfare, environmental protection, and care for their catch.

Under the commitment all fishing boats supplying M&S will have to either be independently certified by RFS by 2021 or have a time-bound plan for securing certification.

“The commitment from M&S is another huge boost for RFS and it further marks the intent of the UK seafood industry to be recognised worldwide for its work on reducing social and welfare issues,” said Tom Pickerell, technical director at Seafish.