Commitment to traceability
While subsidiary Sea Value commits to traceability, Wales Group does not. The company has an opportunity to set a time-bound target to achieve fully traceable operations and supply chains. Furthermore, Wales Group can commit to the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) and support the implementation of robust traceability systems in the seafood industry.
Traceability system for seafood products and aquaculture feed ingredients
Subsidiary Sea Value has a system in place for consumers to trace its canned tuna products. However, Wales Group does not disclose information about how it traces and verifies the origins of seafood products. Robust traceability systems contribute to reducing social and environmental risks in a company’s operations and supply chains. The company therefore can improve in this area by to presenting its traceability system, including the key data elements collected and the mechanisms used to verify information along the supply chain.
Risk-based approach to IUU fishing
Subsidiary Sea Value provides information about how it mitigates risks for IUU fisheries across its operations and supply chains. Wales Group, however, does not disclose how it conducts IUU risk assessments as well as due diligence processes to identify and mitigate these risks across its operations and supply chain.
Disclosure of the origin of its seafood and marine feed ingredients
Subsidiary Sea Value discloses an overview of the part of its portfolio that is Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified or comes from fisheries that are in Fishery Improvement Programmes (FIP). Wales Group can improve its performance by disclosing, at the group level, an overview of the seafood products it sources, including information about species, geographic location, and management status.