Publix Super Markets and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.
Description/achievement of initiative
Darden will create an alliance of companies, NGO's and other groups to support the launch of three targeted FIPs to help combat illegal fishing, enhance productivity and reduce negative impacts.
Darden serves a wide variety of foods, but seafood is the single largest item in Darden's overall ‘food basket,' making up more than 30 percent of the total food we buy. However, demand for this healthy, affordable protein to feed a rapidly growing global population is fast outpacing supply. For Darden, this is more than a social and environmental concern; it's a core business issue. Darden has a vested interest in ensuring that the supply of seafood remains available, affordable and meets high quality and safety standards.
Darden believes that wild fisheries and aquaculture will be essential in meeting the growing demand for seafood and that both methods can be conducted sustainably and in ways that preserve and enhance ecosystems. Darden has both an opportunity and obligation to help make this sustainable fisheries vision a reality, and is working to do so within company operations and by leveraging their influence in the larger seafood supply chain.
This commitment adds to Darden's long history of contributions to support sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.