Purchases Assessment

Supplier Credibility

Our procurement teams ensure that our suppliers have the credibility to provide us with high quality raw materials, that they are compliant to government regulations, and are accredited by international organizations.

We likewise support the endeavors of the Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, Government Agencies, environmental advocates and other trade and industry organizations that are committed to protect our seafood resources such as:

  • Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission http://www.wcpfc.int seeks to address problems in the management of high seas fisheries resulting from unregulated fishing, over capitalization, excessive fleet capacity, vessel re-flagging to escape controls, insufficiently selective gear, unreliable databases and insufficient multilateral cooperation in respect to conservation and management of highly migratory fish stocks.
  • Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources http://www.bfar.da.gov.ph/ is the Government Agency responsible for the development, improvement, management and conversation of the Philippines' fisheries and aquatic resources.
  • World Wildlife Fund http://worldwildlife.org/ has been protecting the future of nature for 50 years now. The world's leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2million members in the United States and close to 5million members globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
  • International Seafood Sustainability Foundation  http://iss-foundation.org/ started in 2009 and is comprised of leading scientists, the tuna industry, and the World Wildlife Fund. The group promotes science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reduction of by-catch, and promotion of ecosystem health. Today, its industry partners comprise nearly 75% of the world’s canned tuna processing capacity with well-known brands produced and sold in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Pacific Islands and Asia. Participating companies work with the Foundation to advocate for improved fishery management, fund scientific advancements, and take direct action to encourage the adoption of responsible fishing practices.

    Century Pacific Food, Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary General Tuna Corporation, is the first among Philippine tuna companies to join the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). The company successfully completed an audit demonstrating its compliance with ISSF conservation measures, which include restrictions on purchase from Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and the credible tracing of tuna from capture to plate. All member companies are subject to ongoing inspection to ensure their continued compliance.

  • Marine Stewardship Council https://www.msc.org/ is an international non-profit organization established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. The MSC works with scientists, fisheries, seafood producers and brands to promote sustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. 


  • Sedex https://www.sedexglobal.com/ is a global membership organisation that prides itself on making it simpler to do business that’s good for everyone. It’s home to one of the world’s largest collaborative platforms for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains, used by more than 50,000 members in over 150 countries. Tens of thousands of companies use Sedex to manage their performance around labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics.

As such, we also encourage sustainable fishing methods. 

To date, one of our major sustainability projects is the launch of Century Tuna Handline. Its production employs a sustainable fishing method that eliminates by-catch and juveniles, contributing to the conservation of marine life. This product is supported by WWF Philippines which encourages the development of small-scale tuna fishing sustainability programs. 

We also launched and are promoting a farmed marine cultured seafood product, Century Bangus (Milkfish). Century Bangus is an alternative healthy, nutritious, good quality, and value-for-money seafood product that reduces the load on wild-caught fish stocks.

Raw Materials Traceability

Our responsibility goes beyond our operations to our suppliers. Part of what we do in this department is traceability. We began our efforts on this by tracking our top raw materials in terms of spending.

For fish, our traceability system is audited by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and other international audit firms such as:

We have also committed to the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration in support of the United Nations’ (U.N.) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Life Below Water.

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration has been endorsed by leaders of the world’s biggest retailers, tuna processors, marketers, traders and harvesters, with the support of influential civil society organizations and governments. The entities endorsing the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration have committed to concrete actions and partnerships to demonstrate their commitment to implement the Declaration and Action Agenda.

The Declaration supports the U.N. SDGs which were adopted by all 193 Heads of State via a U.N. Resolution in September 2015 at a United Nations summit.  

Read more in our signed Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration

Fully Compliant with 21 of 21 Applicable ISSF Conservation Measures

Our ongoing membership in the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), through wholly-owned subsidiary General Tuna Corporation, requires strict annual compliance to all ISSF conservation measures. ISSF engages MRAG Americas to conduct an audit of this performance against conservation measures and commitments in force since 2015.

  1. Tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMO) Authorized Vessel Record
  2. RFMO Participation
  3. Product Traceability
  4. Quarterly Data Submission to RFMO
  5. Shark-Finning Policy
  6. Prohibition of Transactions with Shark-Finning Vessels
  7. Prohibition of Transactions with Companies without a Public Policy Prohibiting Shark Finning
  8. Large-scale Pelagic Driftnets Prohibition
  9. Full Retention of Tunas
  10. Skippers Best Practices
  11. Transactions with Vessels that Use Only Non-Entangling Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs)
  1. Unique VesseI Identifiers (UVI)- International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  2. Purse Seine Unique Vessel Identifiers
  3. Observer Coverage
  4. Transshipments
  5. Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing
  6. IUU Product Response
  7. Transaction Ban for Large-Scale Purse-Seine Vessels not Actively Fishing for Tuna as of December 31, 2012
  8. Purchases from Purse Seine Vessels in Fleets with Other Vessels Not in Compliance with ISSF Conservation Measures 6.1 and 6.2(a)
  9. Registration of Controlled Vessels
  10. Purchases from Proactive Vessel Register (PVR) Vessels

ISSF Final Compliance Reports

ISSF Feature

With our help, partner organization ISSF is giving two emerging marine scientists the opportunity to research their ideas for sustainable tuna fishing. Meet the winners of the ISSF Seafood Sustainability Contest: http://ow.ly/vzZi30qoHGB


Century Pacific Food, Inc:

  • Will not source nor transact business with any seafood company and fishing vessels that have been identified or blacklisted for engaging in IUU (Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated) fishing by a Regional Fisheries Management Organization, National Authority and leading Non-Government Organizations.
  • Will not transact business with any seafood company and fishing vessels that are not Dolphin Safe accredited
  • Commits not to source nor purchase any seafood from proposed marine reserves identified by a Regional Fisheries Management Organization, such as Coral Triangle, Pockets 2, 3 and 4
  • Commits not to source nor purchase tuna from fishing companies that use longlines or driftnets
  • Will continue to encourage and support the initiative of fishing companies to reduce by-catch such as bigeye tuna, seabirds and turtles through Non-Entangling FAD (Fish Aggregating Device) Free School fishing
  • Will continue to encourage fishing companies to have an active online transmitter (Vessel Monitoring System device) and original license on board
  • Will continue to encourage fishing companies to support RFMO CMM (Regional Fishery Management Organization Conservation and Management Measures) on catch retention policy to reduce discarding of dead unwanted fish
  • We support DOLE DO 156-16 and encourage all fishing companies to comply with the rules and regulations governing the working and living conditions of fishers on board fishing vessels engaged in commercial fishing operations. Thus, we will not engage business with fishing companies who are reportedly involved with labor abuses on fishing boats that do not conform with national and international laws on fair working conditions at seas.
    Read more here.
  • As a participating company in ISSF (International Seafood Sustainability Foundation), Century Pacific Food, Inc: Adheres and support all conversation measures or programs set by ISSF specially on tuna sustainability. ISSF has been doing a lot of work on tuna sustainability and this is the way the company will proceed moving forward

Fish Purchases for the Year 2019

Fish Source Categories
MSC Certified Fisheries eligible to use the MSC label 1%
Comprehensive FIPs listed on FIsheryProgress.org scoring 0%
A, B, C or in their initial listing on Fisheryprogress.org
Comprehensive FIPs listed on FIsheryProgress.org scoring 0%
D or E
None of the above 99%
Total 100%
Supplier Source Categories
ISFF Participating Companies 5%
Data Check Companies 0%
Direct from Vessels 34%
None of the above 61%
Total 100%
We, through our subsidiary General Tuna Corporation, will continue to explore and expand qualified supply sources to decrease purchases from "none of the above."

Dolphin Safe Tuna:

  • As a member of Earth Island Institute, Century Pacific Food, Inc. complies with its grassroots campaigns.
    • The Dolphin Safe logo is visible on all our accredited tuna product lines.
    • Century Pacific Food, Inc. only buys tuna products from Dolphin Safe accredited tuna companies.
    • All tuna products of Century Pacific Food, Inc. are Dolphin Safe.

Anti-Finning Policy:

  • Century Pacific Food, Inc. denounces the practice of shark finning. Century Pacific Food, Inc. will not transact business with any vessel that has been identified by a Regional Fisheries Management Organization, National Authority or leading NGOs to have practiced shark finning.

Constant Change, Continuous Improvement for a better future

  • Century Pacific Food, Inc.will continue to learn and seek new ways on how to improve sourcing practices in order to improve the entire product supply chain for the better.
  • Century Pacific Food, Inc. will continue to improve our systems and buying policies to strengthen our commitment to support a sustainable supply chain.
  • Century Pacific Food, Inc. is in the process of modifying packaging materials used for seafood products by indicating method and area of catch and species.
  • Century Pacific Food, Inc. intends to source from 100% sustainable fisheries.


  • Skipjack TUNA:

    • Scientific Name: Katsuwonus Pelamis
    • Method of Catch: Purse Seine
    • Where caught: Western Pacific Ocean (FAO 71)
    • Brand: Century Tuna, 555 Tuna
    • Products: Flaked Light, Chunk Light , Solid Light

    Yellowfin TUNA:

    • Scientific Name: Thunnus Albacares
    • Method of Catch: Handline
    • Where caught: Philippines (FAO 71)
    • Brand: Century Tuna
    • Product: Chunks in Olive Oil


    • Scientific Name: Sardinella Lemura
    • Method of Catch: Purse Seine
    • Where caught: South of Philippines (FAO 71)
    • Brand: 555 Sardines
    • Products: In Tomato Sauce, In Natural Oil


    • Scientific Name: Scomber Australasicus, Scomber Japonicus
    • Method of Catch: Purse Seine
    • Where caught: New Zealand (FAO 81), Japan (FAO 61)
    • Brand: 555 Mackerel
    • Products: In Tomato Sauce, In Natural Oil


    • Catch Method: Farmed/Marine Cultured
    • Where caught: South of Philippines (FAO 71)
    • Brand: Century Bangus
    • Product: In Oil
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