BioMar joins Nordic leaders on EU human rights legislation

BioMar has published a joint statement together with 12 large Nordic international companies to demonstrate support for a human rights due diligence legislation in the EU. An international regulation would aim to improve human rights throughout global value chains by having an aligned agenda that is effective across country borders.

BioMar as an international company working across borders and with a complex value chain, has over the last few years been increasing focus on human rights and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to strengthen internal practices as well as developmental work with suppliers. As a part of this engagement, BioMar participates in the Nordic Business Network for Human Rights and contributes to other similar seafood industry forums. 

The Nordic Business Network for Human Rights has today in a joint statement demonstrate their support for a human rights due diligence legislation at the EU. Signatory companies are ­BioMar, Novo Nordisk, The Lego Group, Arla, Danfoss, Inter IKEA Group, Lundbeck, Neste, Norsk Hydro, Statkraft, Vestas Wind Systems and Yara.

 

“It is important that we use the leverage of EU to achieve legislative alignment regarding human rights due diligence across industries. The EU has a unique opportunity to develop a regulatory framework which could serve as an effective, efficient and coherent tool for the aquaculture industry, and which could assist as an international benchmark for advancing the implementation of the UNGPs”, explains Sif Rishoej, VP People, Purpose & Communication, BioMar Group.

 

Sif Rishoej, VP People, Purpose & Communication, BioMar

Sif Rishoej, VP People, Purpose & Communication, BioMar

 

 

The Danish Institute for Human Rights moderates the Nordic Business Network for Business and Human Rights and welcomes the companies’ joint call.

“This statement from major Nordic companies is a much-needed contribution to the current debate on an EU wide measure on human rights due diligence. Such a measure bears the potential to improve human rights in global value chains, including for workers and communities in poor countries. We recognise the leadership it takes to welcome such a legislative development and hope this input will inform the discussions and support the EU Commission and Parliament in developing an effective and impactful measure in support of human rights,” said Elin Wrzonchki, Department Director on Business and Human Rights.

The statement and the press release from the Danish Institute of Human Rights are available here: Nordic Business Network supports EU legislation on mandatory human rights due diligence | The Danish Institute for Human Rights

To read more about the work in BioMar promoting and protecting human rights, please consult our sustainability report.