Support of the local communities will secure the long-term prosperity of Skretting. Our policies and practices can create economic value in a way that also creates value for society by addressing its needs and challenges. Support of local communities can be helping schools, support kindergartens and many other social activities. It can also mean support of local industry by engaging in developing local feed raw material sources.
Training and employment for girls and youth in Egypt
In 2019, Skretting Egypt collaborated with the Sawaris Foundation for Social Development and the embassy of the Netherlands to train and employ 400 women and youth. At Skretting Egypt, the participants were trained on quality and laboratory analysis, production process, purchasing, sustainability and how we live our values in Skretting.
The project has a key focus on encouraging girls’ rights to education and skill development, and eight employees from Skretting were involved in the project in 2019, including General Manager Ayman Rostom.
Giving back: Skretting Vietnam gets kids to school
For the ninth year in a row, in 2019 Skretting Vietnam continued with the ‘Skretting gets kids to school’ programme. The team delivered nearly 1200 gift packs to children in more than 10 farming provinces nationwide, together with local government officers, customers, teachers and pupils. This year, the gift pack included backpacks, notebooks, pens, water bottles and hats to ensure kids had their much-needed supplies for their new school year.
The programme is not only about giving gifts and playing games but also about raising the awareness of parents and kids about the environment, with the gift packs delivered in recycled Skretting feed bags.
“This is an annual activity for Skretting Vietnam to show our commitment and support for Vietnamese farmers and the local communities,” says Van Thuy Nguyen, Skretting Vietnam Marketing and Communication Manager. “This initiative fits very well with our mission of ‘Feeding the Future’.”
Helping youth and colleagues realise their dreams in Ecuador
Like all of our Skretting companies, the team at Skretting Ecuador has a strong commitment to the wellbeing of each of its workers and their families, supporting them through education in various contexts. As part of the emphasis on education and family care, in 2019 the team held a workshop for kids between 12 and 18 years old to share experiences and discuss life goals and how to combat the obstacles that arise in order to achieve their dreams.
Within the same project, the team continued with the ‘Big Brother’ program, whereby employees sponsor colleagues and support them to finish their studies. The study expenses are covered by the company. The first batch of four graduates completed their studies in 2019, something we’re very proud of!
9.1 Making ponds more profitable for catfish farmers in Nigeria
Since 2015, we have partnered with Nutreco on the Catfish Sustainability Project (CSP) in Nigeria, working to enhance the production, profitability and environmental sustainability of catfish farming in the Ibadan region, while empowering small farmers to raise themselves out of poverty.