SENA Panel: Evolving the Seafood Sector: Why Gender Equality is an “Everybody” Issue

A SENA Panel on gender equality.
2 Min

The 2023 Seafood Expo North America (SENA), which took place from 12 to 14 March 2023, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., and the 2023 Seafood Expo Global (SEG), which took place from 25 to 27 April 2023, in Barcelona, Spain, featured a comprehensive conference program of live panel events focusing on topics chosen to be of vital interest to the seafood industry.

The 28 individual presentations from SENA and the 21 sessions from SEG featured exclusive information and insight from seafood industry experts, including economic forecasts and analysis on the trends and topics impacting the global seafood industry as it navigates issues of trade, food safety, traceability, aquaculture, sustainability, and consumption trends. Now, a video recording of each of these sessions is available for on-demand replay.

Featuring Acme Smoked Fish Corp and ASF Foundation Chief People and Sustainability Officer Rob Snyder, True Fin President and CEO Jen Levin, and Fortune Fish & Gourmet Director of Supply Chain Stewardship Stacy Schultz, “SENA Panel: Evolving the Seafood Sector: Why Gender Equality is an ‘Everybody’ Issue” – moderated by SAGE Founder Julie Kuchepatov – is available free for SeafoodSource Premium members and for USD 300 (EUR 274) to non-members through the Complete Digital Ticket: Seafood Expo North America 2023.

The session was presented on Monday, 13 March 2023, with the following description:

The ship has set sail on gender equality in every industry, and the seafood sector needs to embark now or be left behind.

While 50 percent of the workforce in this powerhouse industry are women, they are significantly underrepresented in management and decision-making roles and face gender-based discrimination.

In 2018, only 4 percent of the top global seafood companies have women CEOs. In the U.S., this figure was around 7 percent, and women comprised only 21 percent of boards of the leading North American seafood companies. Diversity in leadership leads to more company-wide diversity, resulting in more innovation and creative problem-solving, higher staff retention, and a boost in a company’s brand and reputation. It’s ultimately better for your bottom line.

At a time when younger generations around the globe are taking a strong, unprecedented stand against rampant inequalities, unethical practices, and ecologically destructive consumerism, it’s clear that continuing “business as usual” is unsustainable for the long-term economic survival of the seafood industry.

In this panel discussion, industry leaders will share some of the challenges around gender inequality in the seafood sector, as well as some solutions to address these challenges. The audience will leave equipped with a better grasp on the issues and some tangible actions they can take to usher forth a transition to a more equitable future for all – ensuring the survival and well-being of the sector for years to come.

The entire package of videos from SEG can also be purchased for USD 300 (EUR 274) for non-members and is free to SeafoodSource Premium members through the Complete Digital Ticket: Seafood Expo Global 2023.


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