CPF targets unregulated fishing in Asia

Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has joined the campaign to end Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) not only in its own supply chain, but also to convince suppliers across the region to undertake sustainable practices in line with global standards.

CPF has set 2020 as its target for implementing 100% sustainability auditing of critical suppliers for environmental, human rights, and labor issues, specifically for fishmeal suppliers.  Fishmeal, one of the ingredients used in the company’s shrimp feed production, is the only linkage between the company and the ocean.

To achieve the goal, fishmeal suppliers will be obligated to use sustainable practises in the supply chain as well as at the origin of raw materials. In 2019, CPF’s fishmeal from Vietnam, India, and the Philippines will partially come from certified fishmeal factories under the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organization Responsible Supply standard (IFFO RS).   At present, 100% of the fishmeal used at its operations in Thailand is already certified.

Dr Sujint Thammasart, DVM, CPF’s chief operating officer for aquaculture, said IFFO RS certification will guarantee transparency and sustainability in CPF’s fishmeal supply chain. In addition, it will set a new standard for the company’s businesses across the world.