The Soneva Dialogue
Maldives, November 2016
The Soneva Dialogue was the first keystone dialogue. Eight of the current ten members participated. A statement from the meeting said the companies “represent a global force, not only in the operation of the seafood industry, but also in contributing to a resilient planet.” As a result of the meeting, the members issued a ten-point statement committing to action on ocean stewardship. The companies commit to improving transparency and traceability and reducing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in their supply chains. Antibiotic use in aquaculture, greenhouse gas emissions and plastic pollution will also be prioritized. The seafood businesses commit to eliminating any products in their supply chains that may have been obtained through “modern slavery including forced, bonded and child labour”.
The event was organised by the Stockholm Resilience Centre with support from Forum for the Future and the Soneva Foundation. The Walton Family Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation provided funding for the event.