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Strengthen our communities

THE GROUP OPERATES IN SEVEN COUNTIES ACROSS NORWAY AND IN 13 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

Even more, we are an important part of local communities along the Norwegian coast. In many places, we are the cornerstone of the community and one of the most important employers. That leaves us with a great responsibility. Our legitimacy depends on our relationship with the local communities. To secure a good relationship with both the local citizens and the local authorities is vital for the company.

We are trying to create optimal ripple effects from our operations. In addition to creating necessary jobs, we purchase a high percentage of our goods and services locally. We are actively sponsoring local organisations, festivals and so on. These sponsorships are not to attract media attention but are a way of giving back to the communities.

As part of several of our certification schemes for our fish farms, we regularly have dialogue and information meetings with local communities where we have our farming activities.

Strengthen our communities

Involvement of local communities

We are committed to supporting the development of thriving local communities in the areas in which we operate.

Local communities

One of the improvements we have made as a direct consequence of the implementation of the ASC standard is that we have implemented meetings with the local communities where we operate. These local meetings provide an opportunity for discussions and improvements and are held on a regular basis.

The Group is aware of its responsibility also in relation to the impact on communities where we have no direct activity. This may be, for example, in areas where our raw materials for fish feed are produced. We therefore focus on this in our collaboration with suppliers and subcontractors.

We are participating in the Cerrado manifest, focusing on the indigenous population of Brazil and the possible impact on the rainforest as a result of the production of soy. We want the production of soy to take place in an orderly form and not at the expense of local population and local nature.

 

Number of complaints from stakeholders and measures taken in 2020: 27

Good cooperation with our stakeholders is important to us, and we take all complaints seriously. All complaints have been answered and we have initiated  measures where this has been possible.

 

Achievements for local  projects and initiatives where we have contributed

The Group’s companies are often located in decentralised areas, making significant contributions to employment and income in the local communities.

To the best of our knowledge, we have not affected any communities negatively.

Through our decentralised locations, we also contribute to investments in    buildings, infrastructure, quays, floating quays and modern equipment in small, local communities. These form the grounds for local commerce. In fact, we represent 25-80% of the economic basis for certain suppliers in the municipalities in which we have facilities.

The Group aims to develop positive, close cooperation with these communities, and contribute by sponsoring and supporting local sports clubs and festivals/various events.

Each year we invest several million NOK in support to different local activities.

The Group supports various local activities related to children and young people. Diet, health and healthy eating are important common values in this collaboration. It is therefore rewarding to see children  and young people enjoying healthy food at different events supported by the Group.

The Group also contributes to voluntary organizations, NGOs, festivals and the construction of local sports halls, among others. In 2020 The Group contributed with 5,8 mill NOK for this purpose.

In 2019, the Group supported 879 different events for children and young people with healthy food. Due to Covid-19 this was not possible to do in 2020, but hopefully events for children and young people can be on the agenda again in 2021.

 

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Local value creation

The Group seek to maximize the use of local suppliers, work force and producers where we operate and to generate sustainable economic value.

The Group is a corporation involved in global business and working relationships with suppliers and subcontractors worldwide. In 2020, the Group had more than 5 500 suppliers in Norway alone. Purchasing in Norway in 2020 also involved more than 300 different municipalities. Total purchasing in Norway, excluding intragroup, amounted to NOK 15.1 billion.

 

Value creation 2020

Revenue: 19 959 884 (1 000 NOK)

Pre-tax profit: 986 482 (1 000 NOK)

 

Purchasing, excl. intragroup, in Norway: 

NOK 15,1 billion

Purchasing, incl. intragroup, in Norway: 

NOK 28.2 billion

Purchasing in Norway from

5 514 different suppliers

Purchasing from suppliers in Norway in

304 different municipalities

Tax payments by employees in Norway:

More than NOK 610 million

Tax payments from the company:

NOK 452.7 million

2 738 full-time equivalents in Norway

NOK 1 063 million paid by the Group and its  employees in Norway in taxes and duties

1 009 places in nursing homes and 5 970  children in municipal kindergartens