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GDST History

What roles do WWF and IFT play in the GDST now?

WWF and the IFT’s GFTC are distinct organizations with different missions, but they share a strong desire to promote full-chain seafood traceability. Working together through a series of preparatory workshops around the world, they refined the vision for the GDST, in consultation with seafood industry leaders. Although preparations for the first ‘Global Dialogue’ were organized by WWF and IFT’s GFTC initially, the GDST is now a standalone, permanent platform – with a dedicated team and leadership structure, and year-round engagement with the supply chain, going beyond the Dialogue meetings.

Where did the GDST come from?

The Global Dialogue was born in 2017 out of seed-funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Oceans 5 collaborative, responding to a recognised need for greater supply-chain traceability in the seafood sphere – as part of an effort to drive improvements in sustainability across the sector. The framework for establishing the Dialogue was created through workshops organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) Global Food Traceability Centre (GFTC), with the participation of dozens of industry stakeholders from around the world. What was an informal Dialogue between partners coalesced into the GDST – a formal, permanent platform for sharing information on interoperable digital traceability, driving progress against the Standard, and creating a movement of Partners to deliver that mission. At the heart of what we do, our Dialogues continue – helping the Standard to evolve, and drawing practical insights of stakeholders into all of our work.

What are the benefits of being a GDST Partner?

Becoming a Partner can provide your organisation with a full picture seafood traceability, so you can tell the compelling story consumers want to know. GDST tools can enable your organisation to improve the reliability of seafood information, lower the cost of seafood traceability, reduce risk across supply chains, and support the long-term social and environmental sustainability goals of your organisation.

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