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Implementing SDG14 in our corporate strategy
by Cermaq (Private sector)
To align our efforts with global priorities, we have integrated the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our strategy. Our sustainability work is centered around five concrete focus areas, each describing our approach to contribute to achieving a corresponding SDG, including SDG14 Life below water. Our focus areas are:

- Healthy and nutritious food (linked with SDG2)
- Thriving oceans (SDG14)
- People leadership (SDG8)
- Responsible production (SDG12)
- Climate action (SDG13)

Cermaq's ambition is to produce healthy and nutritious food to a growing world population, and play a role in improving the environmental footprint of the global food system. By aligning our work with the SDGs which we can significantly impact, we can achieve more progress and pursue common opportunities in collaboration with our customers, local communities, public and private partners.

Our focus area Thriving Oceans are directly linked with SDG14, and we have targets and KPIs in place for the material topics of each focus area. Material topics include fish health and welfare, biodiversity, biosecurity, feed sourcing and incredients, and certifications. We report internally and externally on these topics quarterly and annually.

To support a sustainable blue economy, we need more data, accountability and the ability to measure progress and improve performance in own operations and in the industry. That is why we prioritize transparency, performance and partnerships in our work to drive progress on SDG14.

Our approach to achieving progress is thus based on three pillars:

- Transparency: We are transparent in our work to create trust, ensure traceability and be accountable to our stakeholders. Our audited annual sustainability reports and quarterly online performance updates are examples of how we work on transparency.

- Performance: We work continuously to create sustainable value through operational excellence, research and innovation. We focus on our highest impact areas and innovate across disciplines to create shared value with society for the long term. One measure to achieve this is ASC certification.

- Partnerships: We share knowledge and engage in partnerships to find solutions to common challenges. This means collaborating on key issues, sharing knowledge and engaging in dialogue. Our active engagement in the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) and Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) illustrates some of our partnership activities.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): e.g. ASC certification of sites
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Engage in concerted efforts through the SeaBOS initiative to help reduce IUU fishing and seek to ensure that IUU products and endangered species are not present in our supply chains
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
Performance: ASC certification of all sites
Transparency: Quarterly sustainability reporting online (www.cermaq.com) for material indicators
Partnerships: Continued efforts with partners in the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI), SeaBOS and other initiatives
Other, please specify
Knowledge sharing and technology transfer to other parts of aquaculture to encourage sustainable practices
Staff / Technical expertise
Sharing of best practice within the salmon farming industry, within the seafood industry and the wider food sector
Basic information
Time-frame: 06/2016 - 12/2020
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Wenche Gronbrekk, Head of Sustainability and Risk, wenche.gronbrekk@cermaq.com,
Oslo, Norway
Other SDGs
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