About the working groups
Who can join the Global Dialogue working groups?
The Global Dialogue is primarily a “business-to-business” platform, and its primary function is as a pre-competitive discussion forum. The Dialogue working groups are open to most companies involved in the seafood supply chain that have an interest in and/or experience of developing solutions to enable interoperable seafood traceability.
Relevant NGO representatives and scientific experts can also participate in the working groups by invitation.
Every effort will be made to maintain a balance of diversity of participants across geographic regions, commodities and supply chain roles. In this regard, and if deemed necessary, the Global Dialogue Steering Committee may restrict participant numbers in the working groups to assure diversity and balance across geographic regions, commodities, and supply chain roles.
Does joining a working group mean that my organisation automatically becomes an official member of the Global Dialogue?
Joining a working group means that your organisation will become a participant in the Dialogue. This means that your organisation will be included in working group distribution lists and identified on public lists featuring working group members. Joining a working group does not mean your organisation is making a commitment to support the outcome of the Dialogue; however, it does mean your organisation is committed to working in good faith towards a consensus-based outcome.
What would be expected from my organisation if it decides to join a working group?
There are three primary expectations from organisations joining one or more of the working groups:
- active participation in the discussions through virtual and in-person meetings (meeting frequency will depend on intensity of discussions, but a reasonable expectation would be web-based meetings every five to seven weeks);
- a willingness to resolve issues around interoperable traceability on a pre-competitive basis (e.g., not promoting solutions that favour specific proprietary solutions); and
- commitment to work in good faith towards endorsement and adoption of the recommendations of the working groups through consensus.
About the Global Dialogue
Who initiated the creation of the Global Dialogue?
The Global Dialogue was initiated with seed funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Oceans 5 collaborative. Preliminary discussions to create the framework for establishing the Dialogue were conducted through workshops organised by WWF and the Institute of Food Technologists’ Global Food Traceability Centre, with the participation of dozens of industry stakeholders from around the world.
Is the Global Dialogue a campaigning organisation or a coalition of campaigning organisations?
No, the Global Dialogue is not an organisation or coalition group, nor was it set up for advocacy purposes. Whilst policy developments are expected to influence and be influenced by the outputs of the Global Dialogue working groups, its primary function is as a business-to-business pre-competitive discussion forum, focused on the alignment of voluntary business practices for achieving interoperable traceability within the seafood sector.
If widespread consensus is reached on an issue, Global Dialogue participants may also choose to develop technical inputs and recommendations for governments seeking to improve or harmonise existing regulations affecting seafood traceability.
Who funds the Global Dialogue?
The Global Dialogue was initiated with seed funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Oceans 5 collaborative. It is anticipated that the Dialogue will be sustained through modest contributions from leading industry actors.