Several international suppliers and exporters spanning all major markets have entered into FIP Partner Agreements (“Agreements”) with WWF Coral Triangle Programme and relevant WWF National Office, to help ensure the effective implementation of the FIP Action Plan, including identification of on-the-ground activities taken up by industry.
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Recognizing that the private sector will be essential to the ultimate success of the FIP, the Agreements detail the agreed objectives, commitments and responsibilities of industry partners. Through an annual fee, the Partner Agreements help secure finances for “core” activities and support services to Partners provided by WWF and VinaTuna. More essentially they help pave the way for further application of financing models that engage (and derive support from) the supply chain, to ensure that the prescribed activities under the Action Plan are fully supported.
Some of the essential elements of the Agreements (and overall structure of market recognition related to the FIP) are:
It was also recognized that, given the fragmented and complex nature of the yellowfin tuna supply chain as well as the many national processors involved, it would be impossible to provide market recognition for the entire industry nor at the processor level (however, the structure of the FIP does allow for important foundations to be made that will enable smoother MSC Chain of Custody verification at such a time when the fishery enters the MSC process).
Communication Guidelines and Traceability Requirements
The Agreements are prototyping the application of the WWF FIP communication guidelines and corporate engagement guidelines, which are explicit in the Agreements.
Other Elements of the Agreement
Various other commitments are stipulated in support of FIP Action Plan activities and milestones, including for example Observer Program expansion, improved governance and joint advocacy.
FIP Partners form part of an Industry Advisory Group including VN processors, WWF and VinaTuna.
Current FIP Partners in good standing