Our promise to the planet and people 

Our promise: Climate Action 

Our promise: Circular & Restorative 

Our promise: Enable People 

Discover our sustainability report 2020

CEO (content)

A Message from our CEO

Restoration and Capacity Building

We are in the second year of the global pandemic and with the roll-out of vaccines we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. As we close the last period of our KPIs we set our sights on 2030 with new ambitious targets aimed at restoration and capacity building for both planet and people.

Carlos Diaz, Chief Executive Officer, BioMar Group

2030 Ambitions: Our Promise

BioMar makes a promise, to our planet and its people with a set of ambitious targets that will seek to aid in the regeneration of our environment while enabling humanity to thrive.

Climate action (content)

Climate Action

1/3 by 2030

Reduce BioMar total feed GHG footprint by 1/3 by 2030

BioMar is responding to an urgent call-to-action for companies to set emissions reduction targets backed by a global network of UN agencies, business and industry leaders. We have committed to set company-wide emission targets in line with climate science that will ensure we are net-zero no later than 2050.

BioMar will set verifiable science-based targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which independently assesses corporate emission reduction targets in line with what climate scientists define as needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. 

With aquaculture feed representing a significant proportion of the carbon footprint of farming, our farmers will be able to directly benefit with a reduction in their own on-farm footprint.

Circular & Restorative

Circular & Restorative

50 % by 2030

BioMar feeds are 50 % circular and restorative by 2030

In BioMar we take action for our areas of responsibility. We encourage and stimulate restorative practices in our supply chain and we have set targets for minimum inclusion levels of circular and restorative ingredients.

BioMar considers raw materials originating from by-product and waste streams to be circular. We seek to decouple feed supply chains from directly competing with food for human consumption.

We define restorative ingredients as raw materials that significantly shift the balance between ecosystem impacts and human production systems towards net-positive environmental outcomes. An example of a restorative ingredient includes single cell protein produced from fermented forestry by-products.

Enable people

Enable People

100,000 by 2030

100,000 people directly engaged in capacity building initiatives by 2030

At BioMar we will actively engage our entire value chain as we believe we can create a far-reaching impact on the world through capacity building as this lies at the core of all resilient societies.

We will provide training courses and development programs for employees, farmers and communities. We will actively engage in third party agricultural and fishery improvement programmes and supplier improver initiatives. Through these initiatives we aim to directly enable 100,000 people per year by 2030.

We will promote human and labour rights through initiatives like responsible pay and diversity targets. Through innovation we will create aquafeeds enabling people to make healthier and more sustainable food choices. We will continue our commitment of active participation in the public debate around sustainable nutrition.

Sustainable Raw Materials

Kelp/Algae (Omega)

Our oceans are fully exploited. We can’t keep doing things the same way and expecting change to happen. 

We harvest from well-managed fish stocks and have chosen technologies that create natural omega-3s. This way, we create innovative feeds for clever aquaculture.

Marine Ingredients 2020

Sustainability KPI

Our Sustainability KPIs (content)

Our Sustainability KPIs

As a responsible global player, BioMar has identified several global KPIs in accordance with our materiality assessment. With these challenging metrics and goals, we seek to strengthen the sustainable development of our activities and improve the sustainability of the aquaculture value chain.

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BioMar reaches 1 million tonnes of salmon feed with microalgae

This month BioMar hit a major sustainability milestone with the adoption of microalgae omega 3s into feed diets. Marine ingredients are a finite resource and by including microalgae in aquaculture diets we can help stabilise the pressure on fish stocks.

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BioMar launches its 2030 Ambitions

On the back of today’s launch of the BioMar 2020 Sustainability Report, we announce our 2030 Ambitions. We make a promise, to our planet and its people with a set of ambitious targets that will seek to aid in the restoration of our environment while enabling humanity to thrive. Two key areas are focused on the reduced impact of aquaculture feeds while the third will enable capacity building in our communities.

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Capacity building for sustainable soybean farming in Europe

BioMar is helping the transition towards a more resilient and sustainable European agriculture. As a major purchaser of global commodities, BioMar actively supports agricultural and fishery improvement projects targeting the desired outcomes of the Food to Fork Strategy.

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Scope 1, 2 & 3: Going “Net-zero”

Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have been responsible for over 2,000 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions. Greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as carbon dioxide, trap heat and, with increased atmospheric concentrations, cause the global warming we are experiencing today. The only way to avoid these consequences is simple: reduce global GHG emissions.

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Advancing sustainability science

Growth within the aquaculture sector is essential for filling the global nutrition gap and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

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Restorative aquaculture

BioMar is increasingly convinced that sustainable aquaculture must include restorative practices. In agricultural systems, the term regenerative implies to seek to rehabilitate and enhance the entire ecosystem of a farm. We need to think about restorative aquaculture in the same way.

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Mauritania Small Pelagics Fishery Improver Programme (FIP)

At BioMar, we believe we have a responsibility to help better the world. We choose to participate in the MarinTrust Mauritania FIP due to its focus on artisan fishermen, stock management and ensuring a percentage of the catch goes to building resilient Mauritanian communities.

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BioMar joins Nordic leaders on EU human rights legislation

BioMar has published a joint statement together with 12 large Nordic international companies to demonstrate support for a human rights due diligence legislation in the EU. An international regulation would aim to improve human rights throughout global value chains by having an aligned agenda that is effective across country borders.

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Brazilian soy suppliers answer the global call for change

BioMar applauds Brazilian soy producers Caramuru, Selecta and Imcopas’ swift move to ensure a complete deforestation-free and conversion-free supply chain with 2020 as their cut-off date. While BioMar has long ensured that soy from deforested areas has not entered their supply chain, this announcement shows that through collaboration the aquaculture industry can lead sustainable change.

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BioMar response to the loss of MSC certification

It is very disappointing to witness the MSC suspension and subsequent loss of certification of the Atlanto-Scandian herring and blue whiting fisheries. BioMar advocates for healthy oceans and sustainably well managed fisheries. We made a commitment to the use of certified fish meal and fish oil in our Sustainability Report five years ago and we will continue honouring this pledge.

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BioMar commits to ‘give 100%’ along with 14 World Leaders

Almost two years ago BioMar was invited to join the advisory board of The High level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, since then 20 science-led papers and reports have been commissioned that has led to the creation of the Transformations documents which outlines 74 priority actions for a sustainable ocean economy.

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Time is right for a new industry-wide sustainable seafood story

The seafood industry delivers a high protein food with one of the lowest environmental footprints and yet it is still overshadowed by a history of unsustainable practices. The industry has come a long way over the last two decades by adopting responsible farming practices, to creating sustainable feeds. It has a positive environmental story and the time might just be right to launch a good news story that is simple and allows easy engagement by consumers.

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First BAP certified feed for trout & turbot in China

BioMar’s joint venture with Tongwei in Wuxi has received the first Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) certification in China with trout and turbot as declared species. The certification comes relatively shortly after the production facilities inauguration in May 2020. The product portfolio includes feeds for high-end aquaculture species both in freshwater and seawater as well as locally popular species like Largemouth Bass and Large Yellow Croaker.

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From negative CO2 emissions to a net-positive protein source

BioMar is one of 10 collaborative partners to join the end-to-end value chain wide consortium in the React-First project. It is led by carbon recycling biotechnology company Deep Branch, which has pioneered a process that uses microbes to convert carbon dioxide from industrial emissions and turns them into high-value proteins.

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From Soldier to Farmer

In Africa aquaculture accounts for only 2.7% of global production while over 82% of their total fish production comes from capture fisheries.

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BioMar achieves a 5 year average Fish In:Fish Out ratio of below 1:1

High use of trimmings and the use of novel ingredients has enabled BioMar Group to achieve a five-year average of 1:1 or below Forage Fish Dependency Ratio for its raw material usage. This is one of many findings revealed in its Integrated Sustainability Report for 2019, released today.

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Harmonizing LCA data in feed production: Soy as a case study

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a data intensive tool used to quantify the environmental impacts of products and services. Despite data access being essential for performing high quality assessments, robust and complete LCA datasets are in short supply even for key aquafeed ingredients, such as soy.

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Driving Ocean-Based Climate Action for Aquaculture

At BioMar, we are willing and able to do our part for a sustainable future for us all. It will not be easy, but we are determined to continue driving sustainable change in aquaculture.

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Authenticity of Marine Products

While BioMar continues to transform aquaculture feeds with innovative new nutrient sources, there still remains no perfect substitute to marine ingredients. Fish oil and fishmeal are excellent nutrients and although we do source certified marine products, we do believe validation is essential in building stakeholder trust.

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Water and Waste Management

Globally, drinking water is a very scarce but a vital resource. Even though this is not a problem in most areas where BioMar operates, we do affect the consumption of this scarce resource by purchasing raw materials that are responsible for considerable water consumption in the countries of origin. These countries are often in areas where water shortage is critical. We address this by sourcing raw materials with respect to international guidelines and certification schemes, in which responsible use of water has a high priority.

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