Spain - SPANISH FLEET RENEWS COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY AND EFFICIENT GOVERNANCE
The Spanish tuna fleet, represented by the Organisation of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), has signed the Sustainable Ocean Principles, a framework for responsible business practices in the marine environment across all sectors and geographic regions. Its principles are part of the UN Global Compact, which OPAGAC joined in January 2019, making it the first Spanish fleet sector to do so.
In signing the Sustainable Ocean Principles, OPAGAC, which is a member of the UNGC Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business, renews its commitment to the health, governance, and sustainable use and development of oceans for today’s generations and those of the future, and it will be integrating significant ocean-related risks and opportunities into its corporate strategy, risk management, and reports.
The Sustainable Ocean Principles recognise the worldwide urgency and importance of healthy oceans and promote a range of measures for the wellbeing of the seas. They also set up a framework for the activity of businesses, which must, among other things, evaluate their impact on ocean health, consider sustainable business opportunities that help restore the oceans, take measures to avoid polluting the oceans, interact responsibly with regulatory authorities in matters concerning laws and regulations that concern the oceans, support the implementation of good practices in the industry and markets, respect the right to work and the rights of indigenous peoples in activities related with their business, share relevant scientific data to support research and map relevance to the ocean, and act transparently in all areas of their business.
In the spirit of continuous improvement, OPAGAC commits now to these Sustainable Ocean Principles in the belief that concerted action can safeguard the future of ocean-based industries while at the same time contributing to a healthy ocean. In doing so, OPAGAC continues to reach forward towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.