Intercity Packers Meat & Seafood (Intercity Packers Ltd.) is committed to creating a company culture that is not only focused on our company's obligation to customer service and product quality, but also on sustainability of the seafood and meat products we provide our customers. As Western Canada's premium protein distributor, we supply all center of the plate protein items including Beef, Pork, Poultry, Lamb and Seafood. However the primary purpose of this policy is to focus on our commitment to providing Sustainable seafood to our customer base.
Our team recognizes its role in helping ensure an eco-friendly, sustainable future for the seafood we buy and sell, and the overall health of our oceans. We aim to be a model of sustainability in the Canadian seafood marketplace and to emerge as a proactive leader that is well positioned to supply sustainable seafood products. We believe in the continuous improvement process and will take an active role in assisting not only external fisheries and aquaculture projects but Intercity Packers Ltd.’ internal commitment to seafood sustainability.
We believe Sustainability consists of three distinct pillars – Environmental, Financial and Social and that all three are essential for seafood to be deemed sustainable. Too often the industry and general public measure sustainability based off only the environmental pillar and while that’s certainly important, without the other two pillars our commitment to Sustainability would tumble.
We also acknowledge fisheries and aquaculture endeavors that are working towards a more positive sustainability position and are engaged in credible Fishery Improvement Projects (FIP’s) and Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIP’s).
Sustainable seafood is fish or shellfish that is caught or farmed in ways that consider the long-term viability of the resource and the communities they support. Choosing sustainable seafood and seafood that is on the way towards sustainability is an effective way to support best practices in the fishing and aquaculture industries to ensure the resource lasts long into the future.
The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions Common Vision Statement, which Intercity Packers Ltd. publicly supports, has been used to provide the background and structure for this policy. The guiding principles outlined in the Common Vision include:
Make a Public Commitment
Commit to developing and implementing a comprehensive, corporate policy on sustainable seafood.
Collecting Data on your Seafood Products
Assess and monitor the environmental sustainability of your seafood products and the labor risks with the supply chains you source them from.
Buying Environmentally Responsible Seafood
Support environmentally responsible seafood choices through purchasing decisions.
Make information regarding your seafood products publicly available.
Educate your customers, suppliers, employees and other key stakeholders about environmentally responsible seafood.
Engage in and support policy and management reform that leads to positive social, economic and environmental outcomes in fisheries and aquaculture management.
Intercity Packers Ltd. (Intercity Packers Ltd.) Sustainability Mission Statement
Intercity Packers Ltd. is committed to working closely with its member organizations, Sea Pact and other sustainable seafood initiatives and environmental groups to take positive steps towards the sustainability of the seafood products we buy and sell. Intercity Packers Ltd. recognizes that this commitment to continuous improvement requires creative thinking, innovative approaches, and commitment from our employees, supplier partners and customers. To read the full Intercity Packers Ltd. Sustainability Policy, please click here.