SLOW LIFE Symposium

The SLOW LIFE Symposium is a project of The Soneva Foundation and convenes business leaders, scientists, NGOs, renowned thinkers and policy makers to help accelerate progress towards environmental sustainability. The aim of the SLOW LIFE Symposium is to bring together the best minds and provide the time and the space for new partnerships to emerge and new initiatives to develop that will lead to a more sustainable world.To find out more about the SLOW LIFE Symposium, visit the website here.

The Keystone Dialogues

The Keystone Dialogues offer a new approach to engage major international businesses in global sustainability challenges led by the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The concept was developed at the 2013 SLOW LIFE Symposium. The Soneva Dialogue was the first Keystone Dialogue and convened the CEOs of eight of the world’s largest seafood companies at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives in November 2016.

A team of expert advisors informed the meeting which was facilitated by Forum for the Future with Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden as Patron. The meeting concluded with a ten-point statement signed by the participating companies committing to action on ocean stewardship which will be governed under a new alliance, Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship.

The seafood companies committed to the following:

  • Improve transparency and traceability in our own operations, and work together to share information and best practice, building on existing industry partnerships and collaborations.
  • Engage in concerted efforts to help reduce IUU fishing and seek to ensure that IUU products and endangered species are not present in our supply chains.
  • Engage in science-based efforts to improve fisheries and aquaculture management and productivity, through collaboration with industry, regulators and civil society.
  • Engage in concerted efforts to eliminate any form of modern slavery including forced, bonded and child labour in our supply chains.
  • Work towards reducing the use of antibiotics in aquaculture.
  • Reduce the use of plastics in seafood operations, and encourage global efforts to reduce plastic pollution.
  • Reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Secure new growth in aquaculture, by deploying best practices in preventive health management, including improved regulatory regimes.
  • Collaborate and invest in the development and deployment of emerging approaches and technologies for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.
  • Support novel initiatives and innovations for ocean stewardship.

Read the full statement here.

Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship will, for the first time, connect wild capture fisheries to aquaculture businesses, connect European and North American companies to Asian companies and connect the global seafood business to science.  The ambition is to lead a global transformation towards sustainable seafood production and a healthy ocean. The initiative will actively contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular Goal 14 – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.