Sustainability

Sustainability is about harvesting nature's resources so that they replenish themselves and are not depleted

Sustainability

What is sustainability?

What is sustainability?

The world's population is growing. Rapidly. We need food production that can replenish itself. Sustainability has become a question of life and death. 

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Is fish farming sustainable?

Is fish farming sustainable?

In a situation where the world needs more food and few can deliver, aquaculture has acquired even greater responsibility. 

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Is sustainability increasing?

Is sustainability in aquaculture increasing?

Aquaculture is currently largest renewable export industry From a purely technical perspective, the industry has the potential to become much larger than it is today.

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BioMar’s Contribution

Is BioMar contributing to increased sustainability?

BioMar was the first company within the aquaculture industry to be certified as sustainable. 

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Research at BioMar

What is the significance of the research at BioMar?

Sustainable farming starts with sustainable feed.

Success in our sustainability programme is based on how BioMar deals with and resolves the sustainability challenges involved with obtaining raw materials from all over the world, processing the raw materials and creating and supplying high-quality products and services for our customers.

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Sustainable seafood

Stories about our efforts for securing sustainably produced seafood

Transparency & Food safety

Transparency

Complete traceability is fundamental to food safety. BioMar procedures and registrations contribute to full traceability both forwards and backwards in the food production chain.

All feed ingredients can be traced back through BioMar's production and warehouses to the supplier of each individual raw material. Similarly, any raw material or finished feed can be traced to the individual farmer who has received the feed from BioMar.

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Environmental footprint

Environmental footprint

The global need for food will increase, and aquaculture can become a very important player in establishing sufficient and sustainable food production, according to the UN.

BioMar works with customers to improve the sustainability of their farming activities. We use sustainably sourced raw materials – delivered by responsible suppliers. We enhance transparency and traceability throughout the whole supply chain.  And we always search for new and more sustainable raw materials.

We always strive to reduce our own environmental footprint. 

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Our guiding principles

How we secure a high standard of our business
Guidelines & Reporting

Our guidelines and reporting systems

The BioMar Group has a comprehensive set of guidelines and we apply a high level of control to ensure that our goals are met. Furthermore, we commit to increased public transparency of our activities by reporting through our GRI report.

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BioMar’s GRI Report

Strong commitment to sustainability

BioMar’s GRI report outlines our ambitious targets for sustainability, but also shows the strong commitment that the BioMar Group has had over the years to developing sustainable and responsible solutions throughout its activities.

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RESPONSIBLE SOURCING

WE USE SUSTAINABLY SOURCED RAW MATERIALS – DELIVERED BY RESPONSIBLE SUPPLIERS.
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Our sourcing policy

The BioMar Group applies defined minimum standards in sourcing of ingredients, although additional requirements may apply for some markets.

BioMar is sourcing all raw materials from designated suppliers, approved and audited according to BioMar risk assessment procedures including traceability, sustainability, food safety, quality systems, and ethical and environmental policy. All suppliers must recognise the BioMar Code of Conduct.

BioMar's Sourcing Policy

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Supplier Approval, Audit and Traceability

The minimum standard for raw material suppliers to BioMar is based on BioMar Code of Conduct and resolutions made by BioMar’s Sourcing Review Group in agreement with BioMar Group Sourcing Policy.

BioMar has set a Supplier Approval Audit Team (SAAT) that is responsible for the overall approving and auditing of suppliers, and to ensure traceability of common raw materials and suppliers to BioMar locations worldwide.

Raw material transportation is part of the SAAT supplier approval system.

BIOMAR'S SOURCING REVIEW GROUP

BIOMAR'S SOURCING REVIEW GROUP

The BioMar Group has defined corporate policies on sustainable sourcing and established relevant standards. Raw materials, as well as additives and other ingredients, are analysed and evaluated in terms of sustainability and social responsibility.

We work with globally recognised certification programmes including industry specific programmes developed and implemented by supplier organisations in collaboration with NGOs and official bodies.

BioMar is encouraging all suppliers to acknowledge and support our Code of Conduct. Failure to comply with it may result in supplier disqualification.

Stories

ABOUT OUR INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS
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BioMar Group Releases Integrated Sustainability Report

Today BioMar Group releases their Integrated Sustainability Report. Three years ahead of schedule, four out of five KPI’s for raw materials have reached the 2020 target. BioMar has decided to raise the bar further and have now set new targets for 2020.

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Successful Nordic RAS workshop

The interest shown in the 4th Nordic RAS workshop was overwhelming. BioMar was again a main sponsor of this bi-annual workshop.

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BioMar launches a new, highly environmentally friendly vessel

In two weeks’ time, the MS Nyksund, a new high-tech vessel for shipping fish feed will be put into service for BioMar. As part of the process of modernising BioMar’s shipments of fish feed, an agreement was signed in 2015 with NSK Shipping AS for the construction of a new feed carrier. The ship was formally handed over earlier this week at the Tersan shipyard the site responsible for construction. The ship is owned and operated by NSK Shipping.

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BioMar celebrates 10 years of strategic sustainability with BioSustain

Today at Aqua Nor 2017, the BioMar Group takes a moment to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the BioSustain™ concept with a rooftop party at their new offices in Norway. Sustainability has long been in the DNA of BioMar however the development of BioSustain firmly established the company as the forerunner in driving sustainable innovation through collaborative partnerships in the aquaculture industry.

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Strong results for BioMar Group

BioMar Group has delivered financial results above expectations.

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Facts about Quick

Quick is based on ‘Superba krill’, a type of krill harvested in the Antarctic by Aker BioMarine. Krill is one of the cleanest and most potent sources of nutrition in the world. It is highly nutritional and exists in volumes that weigh twice as much as the entire human population of the Earth. The amount harvested accounts for only a tiny proportion of the sustainable volume.

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Facts about krill

The krill that lives in the Antarctic has adapted to extremely low sea temperatures. It contains unsaturated, long-chain fatty acids that keep the fat in liquid form even at low temperatures. The omega-3 in krill is rich in phospholipids that are efficiently assimilated into cell membranes and produce a higher content of omega-3.

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Nutrition

Until a few years ago, it was not common that cleaner fish in cages were fed maintenance feeds. This practice has now changed however as research has identified that insufficient access to the correct nutrients makes for less healthy and less functional cleaner fish.

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