Lerøy Seafood Group is a corporation involved in global business and working relationships with suppliers and subcontractors worldwide. In 2018, the Group had more than 5,200 suppliers in Norway alone. Purchasing in Norway in 2018 also involved more than 306 different municipalities. Total purchasing in Norway, excluding intragroup, amounted to NOK 16.9 billion. In order to safeguard all our activities, we have prepared a set of ground rules which apply to us and our partners on a daily basis. Our ethical guidelines have been reviewed by the Board of Directors. The guidelines are based on UN guidelines for human rights. The company management is responsible for ensuring that our ethical guidelines are followed and complied with in full, including by our suppliers and subcontractors. Our goal is to combine healthy business management with a clear responsibility for society and the environment.
The Group’s goal is to contribute towards improving human rights, labour rights and environmental protection, within the Group, in relation to our suppliers and subcontractors, and in relation to trading partners.
As a general rule, Lerøy Seafood Group together with its suppliers and subcontractors shall comply fully with the legislation in the respective countries in which it operates. The Group has a principal rule that the strictest requirements shall be met. In the event of deviations, measures shall be implemented to improve the situation. Each year, Lerøy Seafood Group conducts supplier audits to ensure compliance with our guidelines.
The Group did not expose any cases of corruption in 2018. Lerøy Seafood Group does not support individual political parties or individual politicians, but the Group engages in public debate when in the interests of the Group. Environmental aspects shall be taken into consideration throughout the production and distribution chain, from production of raw materials to sales, and shall not be limited to the Group’s own activities. Every effort shall be made to safeguard local, regional and global environmental aspects. Aspects regarding animal ethics shall also be given full consideration.
HSE records are extremely important, not just for the purpose of figures and reports, but to allow us to organise our work so we can prevent as many work-related injuries as possible. HSE reports show our employees, suppliers and subcontractors that we take safety seriously.
When using external suppliers and subcontractors, it is important that we inform them of our own safety routines and ensure that our safety routines are followed by external parties involved in our operations. In situations involving employees with different languages and cultural backgrounds, it may be difficult to create a shared safety culture with good compliance. It is therefore important to ensure good communication to achieve full understanding of the prevailing safety routines.
In 2018, Lerøy Seafood Group purchased feed from Biomar, EWOS and Skretting. The main goal is to ensure that the raw materials used in the Group’s feed are both fished or harvested in an ethically sound manner and in compliance with legal frameworks and are based on sustainable harvesting or fishing. The Group cooperates with feed suppliers in the work required to achieve this goal. The Group has established requirements for its suppliers of fish feed to make sure that raw materials are managed in a satisfactory manner. Moreover, the Group will require its suppliers to monitor closely how quotas are established and respected, and how the catch is utilised. Lerøy Seafood Group requires the raw materials in its fish feed to come from areas regulated by national quotas for the respective species, with the quotas being allocated as far as possible in conformance with accepted scientific recommendations, such as ICES, FAO, IMARPE and SERNAPESCA*. The Group requires all of its feed suppliers to prioritise use of raw materials certified in accordance with IFFO’s standard for sustainability, or raw materials with MSC certification or similar. The supplier’s certification scheme should be a member of ISEAL and have guidelines for sustainability requirements, including for small pelagic fisheries. Palm oil should not be used. Raw materials based on soya require “Roundtable on Responsible Soy" (RTRS) certification or similar.
MSC – Marine Stewardship Council – a sustainability standard for fish caught in the wild
ICES – International Council for the Exploration of the Sea – an organisation for enhanced ocean sustainability
FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
IMARPE – Instituto del Mar del Perú
SERNAPESCA – Servicio Nacional de Pesca y Acuicultura (Chile)
IFFO – The Marine Ingredients Organisation
ISEAL – International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance
RTRS – Roundtable on Responsible Soy