14. Responsible sourcing    

The ingredients in our aquaculture feeds are often processed into different forms from the raw material. For example, wheat can be processed into wheat flour and wheat gluten, soy beans into soybean meal, soy protein concentrate and soybean oil. Fish or by-products from fish can be processed into fishmeal and fish oil.

This means that the primary source of the feed ingredient is shipped to a factory and processed into the feed ingredient by the manufacturer. There are a number of sustainability issues that are common for manufacturers in general. For instance, the manufacturing process must not lead to environmental pollution like harmful emissions to air, or effluents to water. Sustainability also encompasses social issues, including ensuring that the factory is a safe working place. In addition, manufacturers must respect basic human and labour rights.

Skretting operates systematic evaluation of the sustainability risks linked to primary sources of feed ingredients and manufacturers of feed ingredients.

Based on the outcome of these risk assessments the combination of primary source and manufacturer of feed ingredients must be evaluated and approved before
a Skretting company can buy the feed ingredient.

Responsible production and consumption require that we look beyond the traditional aspects of cost and quality when making purchasing decisions. At Skretting and Nutreco, we have identified the relevant sustainability issues in our Supplier Code of Conduct.

Our Supplier Code of Conduct enables us to engage with our suppliers on material issues relating to their operations and to set minimum criteria relating to environmental, social and legal aspects. Based on spend, in 2019 over 90% of our suppliers had signed off on their agreement to comply with the Code. It is mandatory for all new suppliers to sign.

Supplier sustainability audits are performed, with an extra focus on countries and ingredients that have been identified as ‘high risk’. Currently, Skretting has 1300 suppliers for ingredients located around the world.

Check out our Supplier Code of Conduct


14.1 The origin of marine ingredients

Aquaculture feeds often contain fishmeal and fish oil that have been processed from wild-caught fish. These fisheries are sometimes referred to as ‘reduction fisheries’, where all catch is delivered to a factory for processing. 

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