The FAO is a committed partner to GSSI and supports the development of a common benchmark for seafood certification schemes to create a level playing field.
FAO affirms that the benchmark needs to be consistent with the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) and the FAO Guidelines. These are the FAO Guidelines for Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine/Inland Capture Fisheries and the FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification.
GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool operates with the FAO Guidelines at its core. For the first time the FAO Guidelines will be used to look at what is happening on the ground as seafood certification schemes sign up to be benchmarked. When a seafood certification scheme meets GSSI’s Essential Components, grounded in the CCRF and the FAO Guidelines, GSSI will publicly recognize the scheme. At the same time the Tool includes GSSI Supplementary Components, which allows schemes to show their diverse approach and helps stakeholders understand where differences exist. These are grounded in the CCRF and related FAO documents, ISO normative standards and ISEAL codes.