Management approach

 

 

 

 

EWOS's value chain depends on sustainable operations where resources are not over exploited. EWOS has a long term perspective on fish feed and seek to implement the best management practice and solutions to address the environmental aspects in a responsible manner.

Policy

EWOS's approach to the environment, in which the Group operates and upon which it depend, is set out in the EWOS Sustainability Principles.

EWOS's policy is to establish a systematic management of operational risk through management systems which are certified according to ISO standards or equivalent. All the operating companies are certified to an Environmental Management System based upon the ISO 14001 standard. The updated status with regard to attainment of this is presented in the EWOS sustainability report 2014.

All the operating companies also certified to Global Gap standards.

Aspects

EWOS include the following material environmental aspects in its sustainability reporting: Biodiversity; Emissions, Effluents and waste; Energy; Compliance with environmental regulations and Product and Services. Additional material aspects from the food processing sector supplement are; Protecting natural resources and GMOs.

BIODIVERSITY
EWOS recognizes the potential for fish farming operations to impact biodiversity, either directly or indirectly. However, in 2014, EWOS has not identified any specific significant impacts of its activities or its products on biodiversity in the areas where the company are operating. However, EWOS recognizes that the production of the raw materials used in the diets may potentially impact biodiversity negatively and has thus procedures in place to mitigate such risks.

EMISSIONS
EWOS acknowledges the need for reducing global Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and has been measuring ecological footprint (EF) and carbon footprint on EWOS feeds using an EWOS model developed by external experts in the field. The EWOS EF model output shows that the choice of raw materials has a significant impact on the CO2e/tonne feed produced whereas the contribution from the feed production and distribution is modest.

EFFLUENTS AND WASTE
All EWOS operations are expected to comply with local and national environmental regulations related to effluents and waste handling. Waste from EWOS's operations is reused or recycled when possible. EWOS is transporting feed in bulk carriers when possible which reduces the packaging material use. 

ENERGY
Goals for the management of energy use per unit of production are set locally by each operating company.  All operating companies in the Group have material initiatives in place to improve energy usage per unit of production. 

COMPLIANCE
EWOS's target is to at all times comply with existing laws and regulations related to environmental regulations.

PRODUCT AND SERVICES
EWOS has defined a model for ecological footprint for feed, which enables the company to integrate this information in its planning. All companies set annual objectives for environmental improvements based on the local condition and situation. Such projects may include emissions, energy use, transport, water usage, raw material optimization etc.

PROTECTING NATURAL RESOURCES
Like all industry activities, aquaculture has an ecological footprint. EWOS monitors the ecological footprint of its feed products on a regular basis.

GMO
GMO-ingredients in feed are used in Canada and Chile according to local legislation. In EU/EEA GMO-ingredients are not used in EWOS's fish feed in line with customer or consumer preferences.

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND FISH HEALTH
EWOS recognizes the importance of fish health to the aquaculture industry and is thus is carrying out research within fish health and fish welfare.

TRANSPORTATION
EWOS is continuously seeking to improve the efficiency of in- and out-bound logistics in order to minimize ecological impact.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
All food production has a footprint. Fish farming has a small footprint compared to other animal production. EWOS welcomes development of regulatory frameworks ensuring sound practice and industry growth beneficial to society and global food production.

EWOS operates in countries with ample water supply and does not have organisation-wide environmental goals related to water usage. Feed production needs 0.3-0.9 l of water per kg feed produced. As water use is the most energy intensive part of the production, EWOS's research is continuously seeking reduction in water usage.

Social Approach - Labour practices and decent work

EWOS is a large employer providing job opportunities often in non-urban areas. EWOS's approach is to be a responsible employer and contractor of workforce in the regions in which the company operates. EWOS respects the four fundamental principles and associated rights that are considered fundamental to social justice by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and included in Global Compact.

Policy

EWOS has defined policies and standards that apply for the entire group, including: ethical and corporate responsibility guidelines; whistle blowing guidelines; and sustainability principles directly related to labour practices and decent work.

EWOS's policy is to establish a systematic management of operational risk through management systems which are certified according to ISO standards or equivalent, as OHS Management System certified to the OHSAS 18001 standard for all the operating companies. The updated status with regard to attainment for the operating companies is presented in the Sustainability Report 2014

Aspects

EWOS includes the following material aspects in its reporting on labour practices and decent work: Occupational health & safety; Employment; Labour/Management relations; and Training and education;

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY
EWOS shall ensure high level of occupational safety for its employees. The company aims to have all operating companies certified according to the OHSAS 18001 standard for occupational health and safety.

EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Employees shall receive systematic training. EWOS shall facilitate personal and professional development of each employee.

LABOUR/MANAGEMENT RELATIONS
EWOS employees are free to join any trade union. The companies in the group shall facilitate good relations between the management and the employees and unions.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
EWOS expects its suppliers to have responsible standards, and will work with its suppliers to seek improvements. EWOS has developed a Supplier Policy and Code of Conduct for its suppliers and a Supplier Self-Assessment form that are followed up in our Supplier Audit Program set annually.

EWOS wishes to have an inclusive working environment. Discrimination based on ethnic background, nationality, language, gender, sexual orientation or religious belief is not tolerated. The companies in the group shall promote equal opportunities and fair treatment of all employees.

Social Approach - Society

The company contributes to employment, often in non-urban areas. EWOS's approach is to be a reliable partner in the local communities as well as in the larger society.

Policy

EWOS's policies and standards apply for the entire group, including: ethical and corporate responsibility guidelines and sustainability principles directly related to society and local communities stating that;

  • EWOS trains key employees to avoid corruption in its business.
  • EWOS takes steps to minimize any problems related to discharge from its feed plants, fish farms and processing plants.

Aspects

EWOS includes the following material social aspects in its reporting: Compliance, Community and Corruption.

COMPLIANCE
EWOS's target is to at all times comply with existing laws and regulations related to social regulations.

EWOS has a pre-approval process for suppliers including a self-assessment form addressing the material aspects of human rights. Human right issues are also included in EWOS supplier policy and code of conduct for suppliers.

COMMUNITY
EWOS will contribute to local activity and employment and will be a reliable partner for the local communities in which the Group operates. Any material complaint related to the Group’s operations is taken seriously and receive management attention.

CORRUPTION
EWOS's ethical and social responsibility guidelines prohibit any form of corruption.

Awareness training on corruption is given to all management teams.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The feed industry is subject to attention by many stakeholders expressing divergent views on a multitude of issues.

EWOS believes that fact and knowledge must be the basis for the Group’s decisions and its operations. EWOS invests in heavily in the research company, EWOS Innovation and work with external experts to establish a sound basis for decision making.

Social Approach - Human rights

EWOS respects the four fundamental principles and associated rights that are considered fundamental to social justice by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Furthermore EWOS also adheres to the OECD's Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Policy

EWOS has defined policies and standards that apply for the entire group, including: ethical and corporate responsibility guidelines, whistle blowing guidelines and sustainability principles directly related to social aspects. EWOS's ethical and corporate responsibility guidelines state equal work opportunities, just treatment and a working environment free of discrimination.

Aspects

EWOS includes the following material human rights aspects in its reporting: Abolition of child labour as securing Indigenous People’s rights.

ABOLITION OF CHILD LABOUR
EWOS will not accept child labour or young workers exposure to hazardous work in any of the regions in which the company operates or in its business partners. In relation to the establishment of new operations in Vietnam, the risk of child labour has been evaluated as part of the risk analysis. Workers ID cards are checked against birth date. Zero-tolerance for child labour has been communicated to suppliers at risk.

INDIGENOUS RIGHTS
EWOS has a clear goal of no violation of indigenous rights.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
EWOS has a pre-approval process for suppliers including a self-assessment form addressing the material aspects of human rights. Human right issues are also included in EWOS supplier policy and code of conduct for suppliers.

The company wide objective is clearly stated as no incidents of discrimination related to race, color, sex, religion, political opinion, national extraction, or social origin. EWOS respects and adheres to the freedom of association and collective bargain.

EWOS will not accept forced and compulsory labor in any of its operations or in those of its business partners.

Social Approach - Product Responsibility

As a player in the food industry value chain, EWOS is subjected to strict laws and regulations in the countries of operation. Due to the complexities related to product responsibility, a set of management tools have been implemented.

Policy

EWOS relies on the ISO 22000 food safety management standard as a tool to develop methods and procedures in order to achieve the goals the Group sets. All operating companies in the EWOS group are either certified ISO 22000 or working towards certification. The updated status with regard to attainment of this is presented in Sustainability Report 2014.

The EWOS feed operations also rely upon various industry standards for good practice, such as the Universal Feed Assurance Scheme in UK and the Global GAP Compound Feed Manufacturing (CFM) Standard.

Aspects

The following material aspects are included in EWOS's reporting on product responsibility: Food Safety and Compliance. Additional material aspect included in the reporting are; minimizing toxicity and securing traceability.

FOOD SAFETY

All operating companies are to be certified according to ISO 22000 where hazard analysis and critical control points (HAACP) is an integral part. 

COMPLIANCE

EWOS's target is to at all times comply with existing laws and regulations related to product and services.

TOXICITY

Food and feed safety has the highest priority. Whereas the food authorities are defining regulations to ensure food and feed safety, EWOS's operating companies have incorporated management systems to ensure that all regulations are adhered to.

TRACEABILITY

EWOS companies have modern traceability systems in place to cover first tier traceability.  For feed raw materials to feed EWOS require its suppliers to have traceability systems in place.

Economic Approach

EWOS is committed to bringing sustainable socio-economic benefits to the regions in which the Group operates.

  • EWOS's objective is to create value for its owners, employees and society in general through sustainable aquaculture.

Policy

EWOS has set out its strategy for creating value through sustainable aquaculture. EWOS's Core Values constitute guidelines for desired attitudes as individuals, companies and group, to achieve long term value creation. The company’s  ethical and corporate responsibility guidelines further ensure that any person acting on behalf of EWOS acts in an ethically sound way.

Aspects

The following material economic aspect is included in EWOS's reporting:

ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE AND MARKET PRESENCE

Socio-economic benefits are most obviously manifested through payments to suppliers, employees, local authorities and payment of dividends to investors. However, EWOS also supports local communities with both financial and in-kind contributions.

EWOS will offer competitive entry wage levels above minimum wage limits. EWOS values skills, competence and seniority in its wage systems. EWOS will not accept forced and compulsory labour in any of its operations or in those of its business partners. EWOS discloses detailed information about the wage conditions in the Chilean and Vietnamese operations.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In terms of risk profile, the fish farming industry is characterized by a high level of risk. EWOS must be able to sustain considerable cyclical fluctuations in profitability as a result of price volatility as well as lower results due to production related challenges. It is also recognized that the aquaculture feed industry is a young industry, still in a strong growth phase, and with significant potential for consolidation.

Overview of indicators applied to report on the aspects presented in the management approach: 

ASPECT

GRI INDICATOR

EWOS INDICATORS

Environment

Compliance

EN 28

EW 13

Biodiversity

EN 12

EW 07, EW 08

Emission, effluent and waste

EN 16

 

Energy

EN 3, EN 4, EN 5

 

Product and services

EN 26

 

Protecting natural resources

 

EW 07, EW 08

Company sourcing policy/GMOs

FP 1

 

Animal husbandry

 

EW 07

Transportation, handling and slaughtering

 

 

Fish health

 

EW 07, EW 09

Medicines

 

EW 09

Social - Labour practice and decent work

Compliance

SO 8

 

Occupational health and safety

LA 7

 

Employment

LA 1

 

Labour/management relations

LA 4

EW 12

Training and education

LA 10

 

Social - Society

Compliance

SO 8

 

Community

EN 26

EW 10

Corruption

SO 3

 

Social - Human rights

Abolition of child labour

HR 6

 

Indigenous rights

HR 9

 

Social - Product responsibility

Compliance

PR 2, PR 9

EW 13

Customer health and safety

PR 2

 

Minimising toxicity

 

EW 10

Traceability

 

EW 10

Economy

Economic performance

EC 1, EC 3, EC 4

 

Market presence

EC 5, EC 7