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This page describes the state of the program improvement in the past.
The improvement left this stage on 14 January 2013; view the current state.

Improvement overview

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)  recently reviewed its’ Integrated Strategic Plan (ISP). The draft recommendations included a strong focus on the food service sector and the consideration of alternatives to increase the accessibility for key operator groups whilst maintaining the credibility of the standards.

Current status

This issue has been prioritised for further work in the coming months. A project plan has been developed, and activities listed below will be underway for the calendar year 2012. As of February 2012, the first task has been completed.

The MSC presented the reviewed project plan to the Technical Advisory Board Working Group (TABWG) in April, 2012. The TABWG agreed for the MSC to pursue a two-phased approach to Chain of Custody (CoC) Accessibility:

  • Short-term changes to improve CoC Accessibility (for TAB review in October).
  • Longer-term investigation of other operating models for the operators at the end of the supply chain.

Please check ‘result of consultation’ to view the outcome of the April-May, 2012 consultation and next steps.

The project background document provides details of the results of the completed risk assessment.

Planned work

The project plan established the following phases:

Task 1: Define scope (priority operators and key issues) (COMPLETED).

  • Limit and define scope of project – prioritise operator groups and identify key challenges faced by each operator group.
  • Validate initial findings with the MSC outreach teams and other key stakeholders.

Deliverable 1: Table of prioritised operator groups (based on weighted input from outreach teams) with key accessibility challenges identified for each group.

Task 2: Develop and analyse potential solutions (ONGOING)

  • External cost-benefit and risk assessment analysis (completed).
  • Optimum solutions identified and refined.

Deliverable 2: Recommended draft solutions (with cost and risk implications).

Task 3: Consult key stakeholders on potential solutions.

  • Conduct additional consultation with Outreach.
  • Design pilot program.

Deliverable 3: Revised set of proposed solutions for key operator groups and design/specifications for three month pilot program.

Task 4: Roll out pilot solutions

  • Conduct a pilot of draft solutions with selected operators from each high-priority group. Collect feedback and findings from pilot program.

Deliverable 4: Write-up of findings based on primary data collection from operators and audit results. Revise set of recommended solutions incorporating pilot feedback.

Task 5: Develop final solution proposal for Technical Advisory Board (TAB) review.

  • Consolidate results from pilot program and revise draft solutions based on this input.
  • Develop final proposal for TAB review, including proposed changes to standards.

Deliverable 5: Final paper for TAB review including options, recommendations and anticipated costs.

Task 6: Post TAB – address other operator groups.

  • Incorporate TAB feedback into solutions/ requirements.
  • Address lower-priority operator groups (e.g. gap analysis) and develop solutions for these operators.
  • Run a pilot project  in 2013.

Deliverable 6: Revised solutions for high-priority operators (ready to implement)

  • By end of 2013– solutions to improve accessibility for lower-priority food service operators.