Improve our health

Internal audits and certifications

The Group has worked for many years to ensure high quality and has developed control systems based on different standards. Of Lerøy facilities supplying processed product; 81% have an GFSI certification (BRC, IFS,FSSC22000), with goal to reach 100% within 2023.

Lerøy Seafood Group is continuously seeking to identify improvements which may reduce our environmental impact and sustain our food safety culture. As a part of the effort to verify the hard work to improve the environmental and social impact of seafood production, Lerøy has gained certification according to international environmental and social standards.

Lerøy operates several production sites/ licences to assure innovation regarding sustainability and food safety.

As a part of the Group’s programme for continuous improvement and preventive action, the Group conducted in total 593 documented audits and inspection events in 2020. 

These includes 222 internal food safety audits and 371 audits and inspections performed by a third party (certification bodies, authorities) and internal audits (safety inspection, internal audits, supplier audits). These audits resulted in 2640 related incidents (non-conformities, observations and improvements suggestions) leading to corrective actions. All related incidents were closed within time limit. 

Internal audits, supplier audits and certification, audits are an important area for continuous improvement and training. The Group’s strategy is to increase the levels of internal audits in the years to come, and also to make use of new technology to do so. 

In 2020 Lerøy initiated a new way to measure food safety culture across the companies in the group. Food safety culture are defined as the food safety attitudes, beliefs, behaviour and values shared by all the employees in the company. The food safety robustness is essential in a company that produce safe and sustainable quality seafood. 

Measurement of Food safety culture is combined with the yearly employee survey GPTW that Lerøy assess every year. The result of the survey will identify improvement areas for the food safety culture in each company and give the possibility to measure it against a bench mark for the Food safety culture in the group or within a specific segment in 2021. Each company must then put down an action plan how to improve or maintain a high food safety culture. 

✔️Food safety 

✔️High quality

✔️Identify improvements

✔️Reduce our environmental impact

✔️Sustain our food safety culture

✔️Gain certification


In August 2014, Russia decided to ban the import of Norwegian seafood in response to sanctions imposed by the US, the EU and others for the annexation of Crimea.

Percentage of factories GFSI certified

2020: 59%

2019: 54%

2018: 46%


KPI:  Certification