The Sanford brand reflects stability, history and sustainable seafood. For a long time Sanford has accepted that working in our precious marine environment is as much a privilege as a right, and that we must operate with integrity and be open and transparent in our communications.
Sanford proactively engages with a wide range of local, regional and national stakeholder groups with a shared interest in the sea.
We strive to be a positive and engaged member of our local communities. We support and attend local events and initiatives which help to ensure that the communities we operate in are socially richer due to our presence.
Sanford staff have a high level of participation in volunteer organisations, including voluntary fire brigades, St Johns and sports clubs.
The business and cultural partnerships that we share with iwi span Sanford’s operations and include fishing Maori quota and joint arrangement aquaculture investments.
Our goal is to grow the depth of our relationships with tangata whenua, demonstrating integrity and respect.
Being a leader in the seafood industry, Sanford is
represented on key industry bodies including Seafood New Zealand, relevant sector
representative entities and commercial stakeholder organisations. We are also
an active member of the Fishing Safety Forum and the Maritime Transport Forum. Sanford
senior management staff have directorships on Trident Systems, both are
commercial industry-good companies working in fisheries compliance and data
We proactively engage with the Minister for Primary
Industries and other government agencies or officials when there are issues of
significance for our company and/or industry. Our CEO is the co-chair of the
Government’s and major companies Natural Resources Sector Working Group, which
includes Chief Executives from business and a range of Government departments.
Sanford staff regulary participate on Advisory Committees and, Government
We directly engage with NGOs on key topics of interest
through meetings and regional working groups. We attend training sessions and
seminars to share and learn from experiences.
Sanford subscribes to a number of industry and sustainability related organisations. Our principal memberships include Seafood New Zealand, an industry body for New Zealand seafood sector; Aquaculture New Zealand, an industry body for the marine farming sector; Deepwater Group, an industry body for deepwater stocks; and Fisheries Inshore, an industry body for inshore stocks.
Sanford has been very active in founding Southern Seabird Solutions, which is a cross sector advocacy group working for the greater protection and recognition of seabirds.
Our CEO is a governance leader on the Sustainable Business Council.
Our company also undertakes generic work for industry such as government liaison, quality standards, training, information services and quota registry services on behalf of the industry.
International ResponsibilitiesNowhere are our international responsibilities more apparent and important than in the Southern Oceans around Antarctica, and in the waters of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean where we are a founding member of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators.
Sanford has joined others in the international community in
efforts to reduce Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing, and we
actively work with government officials and other commercial fisheries to
report suspected IUU fishing of toothfish in the waters around Antarctica.
The World Ocean Council (WOC) is a collaborative international, cross-sectoral industry leadership alliance on "Corporate Ocean Responsibility". Sanford takes an active interest in the development of world ocean policy and uses this forum to engage, take part in dialogue and grow our awareness of international maritime issues.