MILFORD, Conn. — Subway has made a commitment to serving sustainably caught tuna by joining the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) — a non-profit association committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains.
The company’s IPNLF membership is a further step in its ongoing support for improved social and environmental responsibility in its supply chains. Through a partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Subway also plans to source all of its tuna from MSC or equivalent certified fisheries in the longer term and is currently working to develop a commercially feasible transition plan to more sustainable tuna.
“We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint and creating a positive influence in the communities we work with,” says Elizabeth Stewart, director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Subway. “Joining the International Pole & Line Foundation helps to contribute to this cause by supporting our customer promise to supply high-quality food that is also environmentally and socially responsibly sourced, in this case tuna — one the world’s favorite seafood products. We believe using good, environmentally sound business practices helps increase our franchisees’ profitability, improves our customers’ dining experiences and helps protect the planet.”
Tuna is the only seafood sandwich featured on Subway restaurant menus worldwide and the company serves only skipjack tuna, sourced from fisheries with non-threatened stock levels.