Biomar's contribution

BioMar was the first company within the aquaculture industry to be certified as sustainable, according to the DNV ProSustain standard.

BioSustain lays the foundation

BioSustain lays the foundation

The tool used in BioSustain, BioMar's sustainability programme, is based on BASF's methodology. It has been developed to measure and evaluate sustainability throughout the chain. BioSustain is also based on the principles behind Agenda 21. 

BioSustain is presented on its own website,, and documents our systems, composition and source of raw materials, feed-related tools and concepts, practical examples and GRI reports.

The BioSustain concept is built on four levels. 

BioSustain concept - 4 levels

The BioSustain concept is built on four levels

  1. Laws and regulations
    At its basis are laws, rules and regulations. This ensures high CSR standards. We only use suppliers that fulfil our requirements in terms of sourcing, the environment, certification and HR policies.

  2. Fundamental systems
    To ensure our intentions are complied with, we implement several standards and certified management systems with programmes for improvement.

  3. Current measures                    
    Critical conditions are monitored especially and quickly adapted if necessary; procurement and use of raw materials, certification schemes and quality assurance, use of regulatory agencies etc.

  4. Optimised         
    BioSustain has tools and methods for further improvement of sustainability with the optimisation of feed, breeding, processing and transport through, amongst other things, eco-effectivisation such as analysing environmental impacts with all processes, routines and resource use.

Efforts on the International Stage

BioMar is working on the inter

BioMar is working on the international stage for increased sustainability

Since the launch of our BioSustain range in 200, BioMar Norge has led the development of sustainability at BioMar International.

We participate in several international organisations to ensure increased sustainability and is an active participant in and contributor to the Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR), amongst other organisations.

We participate in Foods of Norway, which works to develop new, attractive and sustainable raw materials for use in fish feed and reports on all our activities in line with the international standard GRI – Global Reporting Initiative.

Sustainable aquaculture starts with sustainable feed
- this is the focus area for BioMar's sustainability programme

To ensure sustainability, environmental, social and economic criteria must all be fulfilled. When we harvest nature, it must be done in such a way that it can replenish itself and lay the foundation for continued harvesting.

All activities must operate within limits that are socially acceptable and fair

in order to gain support, and without economic profitability, no business can operate over a long period of time.

BioSustain and ASC certification

BioSustain and ASC certificati

When we developed BioSustain, there was no common international standard that increased sustainability. We had to find our own way. In collaboration with BASF, we found a method that combined tools for eco-effectiveness with social responsibility and verification. Today, ASC certification has established itself as a joint international standard, and we adapt ourselves to it.

The methodology behind BioSustain provides out customers with the basis for increased sustainability and minimised sustainability risk. It is based on certified methods of analysis, measurement and improvement.

The methodology for "best practice" at BioSustain can easily be adapted to the requirements for ASC certification and therefore forms the basis to achieve these.

BioMar wants to be an active partner in the optimisation of sustainability and adaptability to ASC requirements.

Our goals for environmental work and sustainability

Our goals for environmental work

Every year we prepare an environmental report for BioMar. The report measures our efforts in a range of areas against our ambitions in each field. We report within the main fields of health and quality, the environment, society and employees.

Our primary goals for 2012 – 2017

Each primary field has its own critical factors. For health and quality, we measure our contribution to increased fish health, fish welfare, nutrition and food safety. For each individual field we report our goals, achievement of them and deviations.

For the environment, we measure our emissions of climate gases, our carbon footprint, use of renewable energy, consumption of water and amount of waste.

For society, we measure our use of certified and sustainable raw materials and our contribution to better living conditions and development projects in the areas we interact with. 

For employees, we measure their general health, travel activities, energy use, recirculation and reuse, use of paper and attendance percentage. 

Areas of Awareness