DUTY OF CARE
CARING ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS
In BioMar we acknowledge that respecting and promoting human rights is essential for living our purpose. We aim to safeguard that all people are being met with respect and dignity through their life. Human rights are the foundation for our contribution within innovation, cooperation, sustainability and performance.
It is not an easy promise defending human rights while operating in a global world, but we are here to make a stand. We are dedicated to follow the international standards related to human rights as well as the standards related to social and labour conduct. This includes the principles from ILO, OECD and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our pledge applies internally as well as in our cooperation upstream in the value chain.
BioMar does not accept any discrimination, child labour, forced labour, inhumane treatment or harassment. We provide employees in BioMar with the possibility to live a decent life with adequate working hours and fair pay and we promote the same standards in our supply chain. Our company must be a diverse and inclusive workplace with equal opportunities, where we treat each other with respect and dignity. This applies to all our decisions and all our behaviour, including recruitment, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations.
Our employee lifecycle must support the continous development of human capabilities establishing the foundation for our contribution to an efficient and sustainable global aquaculture. In BioMar we respect the rights of our employees to associate freely and to communicate openly with management regarding working conditions. We acknowledge the employees’ rights to join labour unions, seek representation and/or join worker’s councils in accordance with local laws. In situations where the freedom of association is restricted under law, BioMar respects the workers right to freely elect their own representative.
HEALTH & SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST
BioMar acknowledges that a sustainable and profitable business must be built ensuring health and safety in our value chain. We do not make any compromises keeping our employees safe and in good health. At the same time we have a meticulous focus on food safety and nutrition taking responsibility for healthy, great tasting seafood for the end-consumers.
BioMar, our suppliers, contractors and subcontractors are to provide a safe and healthy workplace environment and must take effective steps to prevent potential accidents and injuries to workers’ health by minimising the hazards inherent in the workplace environment. We consider health and safety a responsibility for all managers and employees in BioMar. All employees must be able to work avoiding risks to health and safety, having the possibility to live a healthy life while working at BioMar. We have as our first priority to follow all legislation, policies and procedures related to safety. Furthermore we acknowledge that we play an important role in taking care of the health and safety of the end-consumers. We will never in any way jeopardise food safety or nutritional value. We are providing feed solutions for aquaculture but more importantly we contribute to delivering healthy, great tasting seafood to people around the world.
MINIMISING OUR FOOTPRINT
In BioMar, we aim to minimise our environmental foot print. We drive sustainable solutions and take on ecological responsibility. Economic considerations must always be balanced between protecting the environment. We must contribute to a sustainable future by creating innovative business solutions and supporting the development of the aquaculture industry.
In BioMar we always comply with or go beyond the requirements of existing laws. We constantly strive to improve products, procedures and processes to further reduce our environmental impact. In our supply chain, we work with suppliers and customers to develop sustainable practices and we strive to ensure that sustainability continues to be a prioritised objective for both the industry and the end-consumers. BioMar source raw materials from suppliers whom we know take care of our environment and we are continuously working to increase the inclusion rate of raw materials that are grown, harvested and handled in a way that complies with the highest principles for sustainability.
At our own premises, we only use natural resources such as air, water and land within the framework of approvals granted by the relevant authorities and we never exploit or endanger our environment. We furthermore reduce and recycle our waste and we aim for minimum emissions and effluents at our factories. We take pride in cooperating with the communities around our operations: not only to minimise any inconvenience but also to contribute to the development of the society. Working in BioMar you are responsible for protecting the environment through your daily actions as well as our overall conduct.