Winner, Grand Champion Award
Bill DiMento, High Liner’s Corporate Director of Sustainability, believes that sustainability is not only the right thing to do but makes good business sense. With over 35 years of industry experience, Bill has spent the last five years working to ensure that High Liner Foods leads by example for the benefit of the broader seafood industry and to ensure that High Liners’ sustainability initiatives positively impact communities.
In 2010, High Liner made a bold pledge to purchase all of its seafood from certified sustainable or responsible fisheries and aquaculture farms by the end of 2013 and by February 2014, it achieved 99% of its Sustainability Goal. Working in conjunction with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, High Liner surveyed all source fisheries and aquaculture operations to determine which were already sustainable, which could be improved, and which should be avoided. Bill worked with High Liner’s procurement team to engage suppliers to make further improvements and brought stakeholders together to stimulate further changes worldwide through fishery and aquaculture improvement projects. Beyond this work, Bill has led the momentum to build trust in industry and NGO partnerships, ensure transparency and expand the sustainable seafood community. He has consistently brought groups together to share lessons learned and share advice on sustainable seafood issues.
About Bill DiMento
Bill DiMento oversees all of High Liner Foods’ corporate-level sustainability initiatives, ensuring that the company is reducing its environmental footprint and complying with the strictest standards of seafood procurement. Under his leadership, the company continues to strengthen its commitment to sustainable practices by increasing the amount of products that are certified sustainable and reducing packaging and food waste, as well as lowering energy and water usage across the company. Bill has held key positions at High Liner Foods, Inc. since 1987, including director of quality assurance and regulatory affairs, director of international food safety and regulatory affairs, and most recently, senior director of manufacturing and regulatory affairs. DiMento is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists, past US Representative to CODEX, and has been named chairman of the NFI Technical Committee. He is a past member of the board of directors for the International Association of Fish Inspectors and the Atlantic Fisheries Technology Conference. Bill holds a bachelor of science degree in food science with engineering coursework from the University of Massachusetts.
“When we made a commitment to sustainability, we knew it was a marathon, not a sprint. Sustainability is a journey, not a destination.”—Bill DiMento