Our policy and approach
We recognise that dynamic changes are happening in the world's oceans and aquaculture operations and so we need to constantly adapt our approach. The complexity of global supply chains and marine practices means we cannot do this alone. Collaboration with suppliers and the wider global industry underpins our approach.
Our fish sourcing policy is clear - Waitrose own-brand suppliers must source only fish and shellfish from fisheries or farmed aquaculture operations that are responsibly managed and we aim for all fish to be verified by third party assurance standards.
We also recognise the significant impact plastic microbeads have on marine life and birds. These are tiny pieces of plastic that are added to everyday cosmetic products, face wash, toothpaste, abrasive cleaners that are small enough to pass water filtration systems and so end up in waterways and oceans. We have taken a strong position that Waitrose will not sell any products that contain them, whether branded or own-brand.