Sustainable Seafood

ARAMARK On...Sustainable Seafood

Background:
Some fishing practices harm our oceans - depleting fish populations, damaging habitats and polluting the water. Informed consumers can help turn the tide by purchasing sustainable seafood. Sustainable seafood comes from sources, either fished or farmed, that can exist over the long term without compromising species’ survival or the surrounding ecosystem. 

ARAMARK’s Position:
ARAMARK understands the importance of protecting the environment and implements sustainable business practices that positively contribute to the environments in which we operate. Being good environmental stewards is important to our employees, our customers and the communities in which we live and work.

That is why ARAMARK has made a commitment to help preserve the world’s oceans and fisheries through a partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, which will guide company practices of supply, purchase and consumption of sustainable seafood. Through Seafood Watch, the Monterey Bay Aquarium recommends which seafood to buy and which to avoid, helping consumers become stronger advocates for an environmentally friendly seafood supply.

As part of this new partnership with the Aquarium, ARAMARK has made a commitment to shift its seafood purchases in the U.S. toward sustainable sources over the next 10 years. 
ARAMARK has begun working with suppliers, chefs and managers to:

  • Identify and encourage the purchase of seafood species listed on the Aquarium’s Seafood Watch “Best Choices” and “Good Alternatives” lists, and discourage purchase of species on the “Avoid” list;
  • Regularly seek operator feedback and Aquarium research to ensure that seafood recommendations are progressive yet achievable;
  • Distribute as appropriate the Aquarium’s consumer pocket guides to customers; and 
  • Raise public awareness about the partnership and the issue through a variety of communications efforts.

The expertise and knowledge ARAMARK gains from the Monterey Bay Aquarium will guide business practices and influence consumer behaviors, helping strengthen our commitment to the environment.

Did You Know?

ARAMARK has ranked as a Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles for five consecutive years.