Irish Sustainability

The overarching objective for Marine Harvest Ireland is to be the industry leader in sustainable salmon farming practices.

At Marine Harvest Ireland, we work to provide sustainable seafood of assured high quality and safety. We hold the safety, health and human rights of our employees as a core value. We strive to minimise our impact on the environment and to operate in a responsible manner towards society at local, national and international levels.

To embed corporate responsibility into our everyday working lives, we have integrated it in practical terms into our company-wide Total Quality System called QMarine. This system defines our principles and practices that apply throughout Marine Harvest.

Our management systems are organised in six strategic areas that we continuously develop with new and improved practices.

The six strategic areas are:

• Food safety

• Food quality

• Fish welfare

• Environmental responsibility

• Social responsibility

• Quality assurance

Where we believe we can improve, we have action programmes to identify and develop better ways of working. 

Planet - Sustainable and environmentally responsible development

Our long term profitability ultimately depends on sustainable and environmentally responsible interactions with the natural environment. To maintain fish health and welfare it is crucial that we minimise and manage our environmental impacts. Marine Harvest Ireland operates a comprehensive Environmental management system (EMS) which is certified to ISO 14001 and GlobalGAP standards for aquaculture. The scope of our EMS covers our entire value chain for eggs to processing, sale and distribution of our products.

We are dependent on vigorous local communities and safe and meaningful workplaces to operate our business sustainably whilst producing healthy and nutritious salmon. Neither employee safety nor self-respect and pride in their work can be compromised if we are to succeed as a company. Marine Harvest has implemented a Code of Conduct for daily interactions within our work and the wider community.

People - Safe and meaningful jobs

We are dependent on vigorous local communities and safe and meaningful workplaces to operate our business sustainably whilst producing healthy and nutritious salmon. Neither employee safety nor self-respect and pride in their work can be compromised if we are to succeed as a company. Marine Harvest has implemented a Code of Conduct for daily interactions within our work and the wider community.

Our employees are expected to feel safe and secure at work. In 2012, Marine Harvest Ireland started implementation of a global safety programme called BrainSafe Training programme for all employees and key sub-contractors to assist staff to understand how the brain works and its link to safe results and management of the hazards in our work and home environment.

Communication with our stakeholders is a priority of Marine Harvest Ireland. The company has developed a community based Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy and plan which complements our engagement with staff, suppliers our customers and the communties in which we operate.  

Product - Tasty and healthy seafood providing customer value

We will not compromise on our ability to deliver assured healthy, tasty and responsibly produced salmon to our customers. At the core of our quality process is our Qmarine quality system. Qmarine standards within Food Safety cover three overlapping product assurance approaches;

  • Control of undesirable substances
  • Control of food borne pathogens
  • Tracking and tracing

 

MHI has a long track record of controlling contaminants through our Qmarine quality system. Feed quality and safety if monitored and managed in conjunction with our suppliers. During production stages, the quality of production and process water is carefully and regularly monitored. We have detailed systems for the monitoring and control of pathogens in addition to the monitoring and reporting of adventitious contaminants in fish.

Our tracking and tracing systems enable us to tack our products from egg to fork.

Marine Harvest Ireland has a significant portfolio of third party verified quality standards to include:

  • ISO9001
  • BRC
  • EU Organic Aquaculture (Irish Certified Quality Salmon – Organic),
  • Naturland Organic
  • BioSuisse Organic
  • Freedom Foods
  • GlobalGAP Aquaculture