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At Organic Ocean, we believe that sustainability consists of three intersecting dimensions – environmental, economic, and social and that all three are essential for seafood to be deemed sustainable. Too often the industry and public measure sustainability based only on environmental impact and while that is certainly important, without the other two our commitment to sustainability would not be complete.
Organic Ocean strives to supply seafood that meets an environmental or social responsibility standard, and it is our goal that 100 percent of our items meet this sustainability criteria. This involves working and partnering with MSC, Seafood Watch, Ocean Wise, and Fair Trade. In addition, Organic Ocean was an early member and continues to participate in the 1% for the Planet program through which Organic Ocean has supported a stream keeping program conducted by high school and university students. Working with government and NGOs, Organic Ocean is actively addressing key environmental issues including ocean plastics, ghost gear, stock/resource rehabilitation, and the development and support of responsible aquaculture. For those few items that do not meet our sustainability criteria, we will continue to work with industry, government, and NGOs to improve the sustainability of these species. Finally, we believe in the philosophy of continuous improvement and support fisheries and aquaculture initiatives that are engaged in credible improvement projects. In 2020, Organic Ocean was named one of the top 25 Sustainable Seafood companies in North America. For a more in-depth look at Organic Ocean’s sustainability policy please click here.
Through an uncompromising adherence to environmental and quality standards, Organic Ocean provides its customers the assurance that they are receiving all-natural seafood free of therapeutants, treatments, chemical additives, that is supplied in recyclable or compostable packaging and with truth in labeling confirmed through independent third-party DNA authentication. Our commitment to traceability means that we provide up-to-date data on where our products are sourced from right here on our website.
Organic Ocean was one of the first seafood suppliers to be named a Certified B Corporation in August of 2018. B Corps use the power of business to achieve positive social and environmental outcomes. When we source products outside of our own fleet, we seek social audits to ensure that the seafood we source is not associated with social injustice, child labour or Illegal, Unreported or Unregulated (IUU) fisheries. We believe that diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to being a balanced and successful company. With over 50 percent of our employees from countries outside of Canada, we have established a diverse and multicultural family, all of whom receive extended benefits and fair wages. We are also committed to investing back into the communities in which we work, live, and do business. That is why we created “Until We Are All Fed” where with every purchase through our on-line fish market, we donate food for two nutritious meals to people who need help right now.
In 2016, the United Nations developed 17 goals that became a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success established to reduce poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. By 2030, members of the United Nations, including both developed and developing countries, intend to solve the challenges of the three dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, social, and economic, as well as important aspects related to peace, justice and effective institutions.
As an Industry leader, Organic Ocean recognizes that we can play a vital role in helping our nation in reaching these ambitious goals.
For more insight regarding Organic Ocean’s contribution and focus on these SDG’s, please click on any of the colour-highlighted boxes in the grid below.