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Fishing

The ocean covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and is home to far more species than those living on land. Managing marine resources in a sustainable way that ensures viable species diversity is a responsibility
that we all share.

According to the UN’s Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection, overfishing and the destruction of habitats for marine species are among the primary threats to marine life. Moreover, man-made climate change is expected to affect fish stocks and cause major changes in the ocean’s ecosystems.

Orkla has long been engaged in initiatives to protect the marine environment, and collaborates with global environmental regimes to ensure that the raw materials in its fish products are sustainably fished. A number of Orkla companies manufacture products that originate in the ocean. Well-known brands include Stabbur-Makrell, Abba, Kalles and Möller´s Tran.

Orkla has established a central team for marine raw materials that assists companies in developing plans to promote sustainable fishing. In addition to buying certified raw materials, the team carries out an annual assessment of fish stocks and monitors Orkla’s suppliers.

In 2016, Orkla Foods Sverige established a system that ensures that tuna can be traced back to the fishing vessel, and conducted audits of Thai tuna suppliers.

Results in 2016

The share of Orkla Foods’ marine raw materials supplied by fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) increased from 75% in 2015 to 81% in 2016. A total of 192 products are MSC-certified. Brands that use 100% MSC-certified marine raw materials include Abba, Kalles (its entire cod roe range) and Boy, and Ahti and Vesta (herring products).

Targets

In 2017, Abba’s whole range of tuna products will be MSC-certified. Orkla Foods Sverige’s aim is to ensure that all fish and seafood sold under the company’s brands are MSC- and/or ASC-certified by 2020 at the latest.