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 Sustainability Report

Strong commitment to sustainability

BioMar’s Sustainability 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 launches its 2030 Ambitions

On the back of today’s launch of the BioMar 2020 Sustainability Report, we announce our 2030 Ambitions. We make a promise, to our planet and its people with a set of ambitious targets that will seek to aid in the restoration of our environment while enabling humanity to thrive. Two key areas are focused on the reduced impact of aquaculture feeds while the third will enable capacity building in our communities.

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BioMar response to the loss of MSC certification

It is very disappointing to witness the MSC suspension and subsequent loss of certification of the Atlanto-Scandian herring and blue whiting fisheries. BioMar advocates for healthy oceans and sustainably well managed fisheries. We made a commitment to the use of certified fish meal and fish oil in our Sustainability Report five years ago and we will continue honouring this pledge.

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Time is right for a new industry-wide sustainable seafood story

The seafood industry delivers a high protein food with one of the lowest environmental footprints and yet it is still overshadowed by a history of unsustainable practices. The industry has come a long way over the last two decades by adopting responsible farming practices, to creating sustainable feeds. It has a positive environmental story and the time might just be right to launch a good news story that is simple and allows easy engagement by consumers.

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Top feed supplier spot for BioMar in Seafood Stewardship Index ranking - but still room for improvement

BioMar Group was founded on the concept of developing sustainable aquaculture feed for the industry and decades later it remains a core pillar of the company. This month BioMar achieved the highest-ranking feed supplier in the first ever Seafood Stewardship Index from the World Benchmarking Alliances.

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BioMar leads ocean-based climate action for aquaculture

Today, the High Level Panel for A Sustainable Ocean Economy launched their latest report showing that ocean-based climate action can deliver a fifth of the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions required by 2050 to prevent climate change through the 1.5ºC global temperature rise.

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BioMar Promotes Feed Transparency

Three years in the making and unlike any transparency tool in the seafood industry, BioMar announces Discover, the latest tool from our BioSustain programme, in the launch of our 2018 Sustainability Report. The report showcasing BioMar’s continuous focus on driving sustainable initiatives across the aquaculture industry and throughout the value chain and now right into the hands of the consumer.

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BioMar supports industry moves for changes in Antarctic krill harvesting suggested by Greenpeace

Representatives from the seafood industry, including BioMar, and conservation groups have agreed to support the creation of marine protected areas, including large no-fishing zones in the Antarctic. The Greenpeace led retailer roundtable event was held in conjunction with their Antarctic 360 event in Cambridge, UK, attended by scientists and Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem, who joined Greenpeace’s expedition to the Antarctic in January 2018.

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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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