Aldi joins Ocean Disclosure Project

Aldi UK & Ireland has become the latest retailer to join the Ocean Disclosure Project Photo: ODP Aldi UK & Ireland has become the latest retailer to join the Ocean Disclosure Project Photo: ODP

Demonstrating its commitment to sustainability and transparency, Aldi UK & Ireland has become the latest retailer to join the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP).

The German-based discounter has published a seafood disclosure, containing a list of the fisheries from which the company sourced seafood for its own-label wild-caught seafood products in 2018, alongside information on fishery management, catch method, and environmental impact.

Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi UK, said, said that improving sustainability and reducing environmental impact is a key focus for the company. "We are proud that 100% of our primary fresh, frozen and canned fish is already responsibly sourced in the UK," he said. "We are delighted to be part of the ODP and will continue to work with our suppliers towards ensuring all of the fish and seafood in our own-label products is sustainable.”

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership started the ODP in 2015 to provide a source of information for responsible investors, seafood consumers, and others interested in sustainable seafood. To date, twenty other companies in North America and Europe have participated, including Aldi US, which published its first disclosure earlier in 2019.

Other ODP participants include UK retailers Asda, Co-op Food, Lidl UK, Morrisons and Tesco, and North American retailers Publix Supermarkets, Walmart US, Walmart Canada, Giant Eagle and Meijer.

"We are pleased to welcome Aldi UK & Ireland to the Ocean Disclosure Project," said Tania Woodcock, ODP project manager. "Aldi UK & Ireland's participation in the ODP means that most seafood retailers in the UK are now transparent about their wild-caught seafood sourcing."

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