Darden exceeds sustainability goal

By

SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 31, 2012

Darden Restaurants, parent company to Red Lobster, released its second sustainability report, noting it has made progress in all areas of sustainability across its more than 1,900 locations.

The company exceeded its 2015 goal of reducing water consumption in each of its restaurants by 15 percent on aggregate and is more than half way toward meeting the same goal for reducing energy consumption in its restaurants.

Darden received Best Aquaculture Practices certification from the Global Aquaculture Alliance for 100 percent of its shrimp products and 75 percent of its tilapia products.

Darden's accomplishments included a “Seafood Stewardship Policy” to advance its commitment to support wild fisheries and aquaculture; and a fishery improvement project with Publix Super Markets and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to rebuild grouper and snapper fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Effectively minimizing the impact we have within our operations and on the environment enables us to better serve our communities and our guests,” said Drew Madsen, president and COO. “Just as importantly, we know our employees care about a number of social and environmental issues that we are uniquely positioned to address. We will continue to invest in integrating sustainable best practices across our operations.”

Click here to read Darden’s full Sustainability Report.

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