THIRD SUSTAINABILITY REPORT
There is no better driving force than conviction. It causes hundreds of ideas emerge, some of which are transformed into projects that see the light of day after a long struggle.
This spirit and the conviction that our beloved industry should advance with determination and speed towards greater standards of transparency and engagement drove SalmonChile to annually report to the community our performance as a productive sector.
Today, we are publishing to the whole community the Third Salmon Industry Sustainability Report, which provides social, employment, sanitary and environmental information regarding the sector.
This document contains detailed information on the 2017 performance of the 15 members companies of SalmonChile. This data that can be compared with their performance in previous years.
It reports the sanitary and environmental results of serious, systematic work in 2017 by companies and their employees, who are strongly committed to improving indicators to make salmon farming a more sustainable business, by going beyond regulatory requirements.
Let’s see some results:
- The 2017 data reports the lowest salmon mortality for the last five years. The salmon mortality rate is defined as dead fish divided by farmed fish during the cycle, and it was 4.20 in 2017 versus 7.40 in 2016.
- The number of caligus (sea lice) was 2.07 per fish in 2017, its lowest level for the past 5 years.
- The use of antibiotics has also considerably decreased, reaching its best performance for the last five years: 454.70 grams of antibiotics for each tonne of salmon, which is less than half a liter of antibiotics for every 1,000 kilograms of salmon.
The Sustainability Report provides information regarding relevant sanitary, environmental and employment indicators, detailed by industry and by company.
The Sustainability Report was compiled from information collected from SalmonChile member companies. The Protocol governing the Collection and Release of Company Information for the Salmon Technological Institute (the “Protocol”) also applies to SalmonChile, which aims to strictly comply with information confidentiality and free market standards and principles. However, an exception is made to this Protocol when providing company information.
The decision to make an exception to the aggregation criteria contained in the Protocol was taken with advice from free market lawyers, considering that:
- The indicators will report to the community the performance of each company regarding sanitary and environmental issues, in order to encourage each company to improve such variables and even encourage competition between them in such areas.
- The information will be one year old. The Association believes that the benefit to the industry provided by the Sustainability Report will be to improve key aspects of the industry’s sustainability performance over the long term, and therefore justifies this special treatment of disaggregating information.
Preparing this third sector sustainability report required the following stages to be completed, which were validated by the SalmonChile Board:
- Analysis, evaluation, and definition of scope and content:
This first stage defined the strategic guidelines and indicators, adding overall figures for the salmon industry and for each company’s performance. Furthermore, the preparation schedule and the key contents were defined according to the requirements and other formal definitions.
- Data and information collection, preparing texts, charts and diagrams:
This stage covered specific field work, collection, consolidation, and contents preparation and adaptation according to the parameters defined previously. The preparation process covered developing a preliminary draft, the final review and report approval process.
- Presentation and improvement plan:
The third sector sustainability report presents the information required to continue moving forward in the communication of its financial, social and environmental performance and in adopting other standards regarding social issues.
The report is publicly presented to various stakeholder groups and published on the Association’s web page.
Also, the Association is committed to an improvement plan, which will enable the organization to transparently report its productive processes over the medium term, in order to produce a more extensive Sustainability Report.