Our Commitment Runs Deep
Diamond Harvest & Ocean Jewel Retail Sustainability Policy
For our wild seafood products, we are committed to sourcing MSC certified products. For our farmed seafood products, we are committed to sourcing BAP or ASC certified products. As of March 2022, measured by combined dollar sales, 93% of our Diamond Harvest and Ocean Jewel products sold were in line with these commitments. We are committed to working proactively with our customers, suppliers, industry experts and rating agencies with the goal of increasing the percentage of third-party certified products sold through the Ocean Jewel and Diamond Harvest brands. Export Packers will regularly update this policy to show our progress towards this goal.
Preservation is the only way to guarantee the future of the environment and our oceans. As leaders in the fish and seafood industry, it is especially important to play a guiding role.
Our sustainability policy is how we make preservation a reality. It’s practical so we can set achievable goals, and it’s relevant so we can contribute in a meaningful way.
For us, sustainability is a simple commitment: We will only procure and sell fish and seafood caught using methods that protect the long-term health of our oceans and their inhabitants, or farmed in a way that does not have a negative impact on our environment. Sustainability is doing what’s possible – and doing what’s right.
How we put our commitment into action
You can trust that Diamond Harvest and Ocean Jewel products are sustainable because we only sell or procure abundant species that are robust in numbers – species resilient to over-fishing, based on science and facts endorsed by recognized industry experts. We have partnered with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Ocean Wise, Global Aquaculture Alliance/Best Aquaculture Practices (GAA/BAP), and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), recognized as industry leaders in sustainability. And every possible step is taken to avoid fish acquired through illegal, unreported or unregulated catches.
A traceable “chain of custody” means the journey from the ocean to your dinner table is documented.
Where we stand on wild-caught species
Because of the nature of our business, we rely on suppliers for wild-caught species. In matters of sustainability, a great deal depends on their commitment. We choose like-minded partners who incorporate fishing techniques that minimize the number of unwanted species caught in nets by accident. And they support fishing techniques that pose the least risk to the environment.
Where we stand on farmed fish and seafood
Of course, fish farming – also known as aquaculture – is a critical source of fish and seafood. And it gets more important to the industry as years go by. But here, too, sustainability must be held up as a standard. We help establish and promote that standard by making sustainability a factor when choosing business partners.
How we turn the tide
When species are identified as being at great risk, we are committed to identifying a feasible alternative. Sometimes this means sourcing the fish from suppliers who use fishing methods that are not as disruptive to the environment, choosing fish that has been caught in locations where quantities are not at risk of overfishing or offering an alternative species to our customers.
We only source fish and seafood products that are consistent with our social responsibility commitment. That means we will not source fish and seafood products from suppliers who do not conduct their business in a safe and ethical manner that respects the human rights of those who work for them or in a manner that violates applicable employment laws. Our quality assurance team regularly reviews our suppliers, including receipt of social audits, to ensure accountability and continual improvement with this commitment.