USAID, the Walton Family Foundation, the Moore Foundation, and the Packard Foundation recognized that changing laws and regulations in global fisheries management and seafood traceability posed a challenge for fishers, fishing companies, and importing and exporting nations. They also recognized the deeply controversial and sensitive nature of this topic as it impacts the livelihoods and wellbeing of so many people around the world. CollaborateUp worked with this team to create a consensus-building process to engage multiple stakeholders and carefully design interventions that would promote — and not undermine — collaboration on this vital issue. 


  • Facilitated a global consultation process: We invited and engaged representative stakeholders from supply chains in the Americas, Europe, and Southeast Asia to build connections and better understand the legality and traceability programs around the world and solicit their input on how to best develop a global platform for collaboration and implementation of new and emerging seafood legality and traceability requirements.
  • Resolved conflict and created shared understanding: We worked with leading scientists, academics, and other trusted data sources, enabling stakeholders to confront and discuss the facts through three multi-stakeholder meetings held regionally in Palo Alto, CA; London, UK; and Bangkok, Thailand. 
  • Iterated and refined ideas: The three regional stakeholder consultation meetings generated ideas for a larger stakeholder planning meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand where stakeholders developed a collaborative framework for SALT’s structure and action.

USAID recently published a Private Sector Engagement Spotlight on Co-Creation within SALT. More information about USAID’s market-based approaches can be found here.