4. Transparency and trust

Our approach to food safety and quality has been a key component to allow us to build transparency and trust among the different stakeholders that we interact with in the value chain, and it will keep playing a relevant role in a world where consumers are increasingly concerned about the food they eat.

Therefore, our sustainability commitment considers safeguarding human and animal health at the core of our responsibilities,  and we choose to work with partners that share our vision that responsible sourcing is not only seen from an economic point of view, but also in connection with environmental protection and social development, including human and labour rights.

Through strong internal and external collaborations and sharing best practices, we combine knowledge and conduct audits to assess risks and ensure our raw materials meet optimal safety and quality standards. This ensures that we can continue to support our customers to produce safe and healthy seafood for the world’s growing population.

Therefore, considering the local regulations in the different markets in which we and our customers operate, and whenever the risk assessment defines a higher risk, we buy certified raw materials or encourage and support the suppliers to join improvement programs that allow them be certified on environmental or social standards. We can follow these, and any raw materials, through robust traceability systems that give us detailed information of marine ingredients back to fisheries in order to know if they’re responsibly managed, or back to the country of origin in the case of high risk vegetable ingredients like soy, to assess the risk of deforestation.

In 2019 we included sustainability in 75% of our global supplier audits and we have set the target of reaching 100% in 2020. In connection to that, we will keep strengthening the internal procedures of our integrated quality management platform for monitoring the quality assurance and control of our key business processes. Our commitment is to keep working together with key partners across the value chain and always lead the journey towards a more transparent and trustworthy aquaculture industry.

 

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5. The footprint of feed

Feed plays an essential role in ensuring the health and wellbeing of farmed fish and shrimp, and can greatly improve the efficiency of the aquaculture process. While gains are made in optimising feed efficiency, feed also contributes one of the biggest environmental impacts.

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