UC Berkeley snares sustainability award
May 22, 2012
The National Association of Colleges and University Food Services (NACUFS) has named The University of California, Berkeley as silver medalists of their 2012 Sustainability Awards in the category of procurement for sourcing seafood from MSC certified fisheries. The university’s food service division, Cal Dining, became MSC Chain of Custody certified in June of 2011.
The NACUFS Sustainability Awards annually recognize and honor member institutions that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the promotion and implementation of environmental sustainability, specifically as it relates to campus dining operations. The NACUFS Sustainability Awards support the globally accepted triple bottom line philosophy, a method of evaluating operational performance by measuring financial success as well as environmental sustainability and social responsibility—also known as “people, planet, profit.” NACUFS recognized other universities in the categories of: waste management, outreach and education, energy and water conservation, and materials and resources. View more details about the 2012 NACUFS Sustainability Awards on Food Management’s website here.
What UC Berkeley says
“This recognition reinforces our belief from the beginning,” said Chuck Davies, Associate Director of Cal Dining, “that responsible, sustainable sourcing benefits our students as well as our business model.”
Cal Dining is part of UC Berkeley’s Residential and Student Services Program—a self-supporting business auxiliary of the campus. Cal Dining serves more than 29,000 customers each day and operates 15 locations.
About Chain of Custody
MSC Chain of Custody (CoC) certification is a comprehensive traceability program that tracks seafood from the point of sale back to an MSC certified fishery. It ensures that MSC labeled products are sourced from a fishery that is MSC certified, and it protects buyers and fisheries from fraudulent labeling and risks from illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.
To obtain CoC certification, wholesalers and distributors must pass an independent, third party audit that is conducted by an accredited certification body, and it must undergo annual surveillance audits to demonstrate it continues to meet the standard. The CoC standard focuses on having an internal traceability system and reliable operational systems in place to ensure that MSC certified seafood is kept separate from noncertified seafood. Worldwide, more than 2,000 companies have obtained Chain of Custody certification.