Update of species-specific diagnoses
Since fishing techniques, and the health of ocean species and
ecosystems are constantly evolving, Metro inc. will regularly
update its species-specific diagnoses, based on the latest facts
and scientific reports. Metro inc. will also regularly seek
out independent scientific opinions.
Metro's sustainable fisheries policy is based on four core
1. Healthy species. Metro inc. will only sell
species that are scientifically proven to be present in sufficient
quantities, and whose fishing rates are sustainable. In addition,
these products must come from areas that are well-controlled and
managed, when possible, according to legal quotas based on
recognized scientific assessments.
2. Sustainable operating methods. The fisheries
and aquafarms supplying Metro inc. will have to prove that
they use sustainable fishing methods and good practices.
2.1 Wild seafood products: Metro
inc. encourages selective fishing techniques that minimize
bycatch rates (unwanted species caught accidentally) and recommends
a preventive approach to protecting marine habitats (innovative
techniques and risk analyses).
2.2 Farmed seafood products: Metro
inc. encourages sustainable and innovative practices that
enable the moderate use of wild fisheries resources and that
minimize the impacts on local natural resources and biodiversity.
Metro inc. also promotes efforts to reduce fuel consumption
and greenhouse gas emissions.
traceability. The supply chain from the fishing area to
the consumer must be documented to allow for informative and
4. Local economy and labor law. In keeping
with its values and the principles of sustainable development,
Metro inc. intends for its sustainable fisheries policy to
help support small local fisheries. Metro inc. also plans to
buy from fisheries that respect labor law.
All Metro inc. suppliers must sign a code of
conduct attesting to their commitment to respecting these
improvement and standards
Metro inc. encourages its suppliers of wild and
farmed seafood products to follow a continuous improvement process.
The company will favour suppliers who make tangible progress toward
the sustainable management of their activities, the traceability of
their products and the application of recognized standards (based
on peer-reviewed scientific studies, regular audits, third-party
certification, and the transparency of procedures and results),
such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
Consumer information and awareness
Metro inc. is committed to informing and raising
awareness among its customers to the issue of sustainable
Metro inc. plans to inform its stakeholders of the
results of its initiatives and its sustainable fisheries policy on
a regular basis.