The following shows which national and London government institutions have signed up to the Sustainable Fish City pledge for their fish buying, also promising to promote sustainable fish to their staff and visitors.
In June 2011, the UK government announced a new mandatory policy of using only sustainable fish in its catering for Central Government in England. The government has adopted the same definition of sustainable seafood as we have used for Sustainable Fish City and as for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games catering. This policy now covers all catering for Number 10, Whitehall, Central Government departments, prisons, and some parts of the armed forces - greatly improving the sustainability of fish served in meals to around 400,000 people per year.
The City of London provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. Its responsibilities extend far beyond the City boundaries in that it also provides a host of additional facilities for the benefit of the nation. These range from open spaces such as Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath to the famous Barbican Arts Centre. In 2012 the City of London Corporation signed the Sustainable Fish City pledge for food served to employees and at functions held at the historic Guildhall and Mansion House.
In 2011, the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) also signed up to the Sustainable Fish City pledge, confirming their commitment to serving only sustainable fish in food served in Defra canteens and at events.
In 2011, the UK's House of Commons also signed up to the Sustainable Fish City pledge, confirming their commitment to serving only sustainable fish in food served to MPs and their visitors at the Houses of Parliament.
In December 2010, the London Mayor's food advisor Rosie Boycott announced that the Greater London Authority Group (GLA Group) would commit to using healthy and sustainable food for catering provided to the London Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, the London Fire Brigade and the GLA's own staff and events at City Hall. Together, these reportedly consume more than 10 million meals a year. The commitment includes a promise to use only sustainable fish, adopting the same definition as used by Sustainable Fish City and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. [read more...] [read press release...]
The Good Food for London 2012 report, published September 2012 shows that 26 boroughs out of a total of 33 are now taking at least one significant step to support sustainable fish. This is a big improvement from last year, when the Good Food for London 2011 survey was undertaken, when only 17 London Boroughs were taking action.
London Boroughs that are now showing “leadership on sustainable fish” are Barking & Dagenham, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Greenwich, Havering, Islington, Merton, Redbridge, Richmond-upon-Thames and Tower Hamlets. Havering was also highlighted in the 2012 survey as a 'Big Fish' for leadership, helping other boroughs to buy Marine Stewardship Council certified sustainable fish cost-effectively through collaborative contracts.
Unfortunately, the remaining 7 London Boroughs - Brent, Croydon, Hackney, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon and Southwark - did not appear to be taking any significant steps to buy or promote sustainable fish.
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