North Atlantic, Inc. and Subsidiary Bali Seafood International Commit to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Formal pledge to environmental and social responsibility under SDGs among first from seafood companies
Portland, Maine (May 15, 2017) – Today, North Atlantic, Inc. and its subsidiary Bali Seafood International announced their commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These commitments mark the first by a U.S. seafood company to be published with the UN’s Voluntary Commitment Registry in advance of the upcoming UN Ocean Conference.
Adopted in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of international development objectives aimed at poverty elimination, environmental stability, and global peace and prosperity. The 17 goals, each with specific targets–169 in total–are to be met over an ambitious 15-year timeline.
Recognizing the strong linkages between multiple SDGs and the companies’ work in Indonesian artisanal fishing communities, North Atlantic, Inc. (NAI) and Bali Seafood International (BSI) have solidified a time-bound commitment touching on three specific SDGs.
The Ocean Conference Voluntary Commitment Registry is geared toward SDG 14 in particular, which aims to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” As such, the first three committed deliverables from NAI/BSI fall directly under the targets of this ocean-focused Goal.
With a target date set at 2020 to align with SDG 14 timelines, NAI/BSI will work to build and operationalize up to four integrated fishery centers to support the sustainable management and use of nearshore fisheries in Indonesia’s eastern archipelago, thereby providing a platform to trial and scale their private sector-led investment model for environmentally and socially responsible fisheries.
To support SDG 14’s strong emphasis on ensuring legal fishing around the globe, NAI and BSI are also committing to collecting data from every vessel in their supply chain by 2020 through either passive tracking units or e-log catch documentation. This information will be used to support real-time stock assessment, fishery controls, and community-based enforcement.
Beyond SDG 14, NAI and BSI will work towards targets under SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), particularly the ambition to halve global food waste by 2030. By establishing fishery centers with cold storage and processing directly in artisanal fishing communities, NAI/BSI aim to eliminate the estimated 40-60% waste in produce value inherent to the current system.
Finally, recognizing the collaboration required to achieve the SDGs, NAI/BSI is turning its eye to SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) and seeking to strengthen its partnerships on all of the above objectives going forward.
“The mission of the Sustainable Development Goals directly echoes that of North Atlantic and Bali Seafood. From supporting local community development to ensuring product traceability and legality, our business values are perfectly aligned with this effort,” said Gerald Knecht, President and Founder of NAI/BSI. “Achieving the SDGs will absolutely require cooperation across stakeholders and sectors, but we also recognize our individual responsibility as a company to align our strategies with the Goals. We’re proud to be amongst those leading the seafood industry to contribute to this common vision for the future.”
“We’re proud to work with a company so thoroughly committed to advancing the goals set by the United Nations,” said Bill Wall, Distributor Division Director at FishWise, a nonprofit sustainable seafood consultancy that has partnered with North Atlantic, Inc. to help them identify the SDGs they are most well-positioned to positively influence. “We look forward to collaborating further towards successful outcomes for all deliverables.”