WWF Releases Latest Sustainable Seafood Procurement Policy Scorecard | WWF Hong Kong

WWF Releases Latest Sustainable Seafood Procurement Policy Scorecard

04 July 2019

According to the latest “sustainable seafood procurement policy scorecard” released by WWF-Hong Kong today (July 4), seven out of nine major supermarket groups in Hong Kong have stepped up their commitments and actions to supply sustainable seafood for customers since the last scorecard announced in August 2018. Ranking of score shows AEON as the best performer for the second year in a row, in the 2nd place is YATA who has risen from 5th place in the preceding year, while 759 store in the 3rd place same as in the 2018 study. Moretide Investment Ltd (Kai Bo) remains the lowest on the ranking table, while Dah Chong Hong Holding Limited (DCH) shows no improvement since the last edition.
Out of the 6 key performance areas measured by the scorecard, there is good progress made by the industry in areas of “setting sustainable seafood targets and promotion” as well as “proper labels with detailed information”, indicating that supermarkets in Hong Kong are actively pursuing sustainable purchasing in terms of seafood procurement at different levels.
Analysis of the results reveals that AEON, CitySuper and YATA have introduced concrete plans to introduce more sustainable seafood and set up clear targets of increasing the provision of sustainable seafood.  In addition, some supermarkets, such as 759 store, have implemented seafood labelling on frozen seafood products with detailed information in order to ensure customers are purchasing seafood from reliable, safe and sustainable source.
‘In Hong Kong, seafood sourcing is concentrated in supermarket chains owned by 9 supermarket groups. Their purchasing practices play a significant role in promoting sustainable seafood for consumers in Hong Kong.   We are glad to see supermarkets reaching the “good” grading band for the first time this year since the study first started in 2017.   With the business sector’s increasing commitment to sustainable seafood and higher public awareness of its importance, we encourage taking from the ocean in a responsible way so that we can enjoy continuous supply of seafood in the future.   WWF will continue to engage in dialogue with supermarket groups to further enhance the procurement policy in Hong Kong to catch up with the global movement.’ Jovy Chan, Project Manager of Footprint, WWF-Hong Kong said. 
The scorecard measures 6 key performance areas surrounding seafood procurement, including  ‘avoid selling threatened species’, ‘setting sustainable seafood target and promotion’, ‘no harmful chemicals (including antibiotics)’, ‘proper labels with detailed information’, ‘eliminate alleged human rights abuse’ and ‘public announcements’. WWF collects updated information from supermarket groups regarding sustainable seafood procurement policy in the past one year.  Responding supermarket group is rated on each performance area on a scale of 10, with 10 as the full score. Average score across all performance areas are generated for each supermarket group to give an overall ranking.
Hong Kong is the second largest per capita consumer of seafood in Asia, and the eighth largest in the world. The seafood choices made in Hong Kong have significant impact on the fisheries resources of the nearby South China Sea and those of oceans around the globe. As one of the most important sources of daily commodities, including seafood, supermarkets in Hong Kong play an important role in promoting sustainable seafood. WWF has been actively engaging supermarket groups to establish sustainable seafood procurement policy since 2016.  
The full report of “Sustainable Seafood Procurement Policy Scorecard” is available at : http://awsassets.wwfhk.panda.org/downloads/supermarket_scorecard_2019.pdf