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  • Overall approach
    6/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Deforestation-Free
      4/6
      "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1.00/1
      BioMar endorses the New York Declaration on Forests and is a signatory to the Cerrado Manifesto.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "BioMar is not buying soya from areas of the Amazon Biome taken into soya production after 1994, unless compensatory measures are proven". 
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    22/86
    • Palm oil
      29/86
      • Commitment Strength
        13/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. BioMar is supportive to the activities of the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil working to ensure more environmental Palm Oil production in the future. Palm-based products are presently in use by BioMar today, and will be sourced from Roundtable compliant members."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. BioMar is supportive to the activities of the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil working to ensure more environmental Palm Oil production in the future. Palm-based products are presently in use by BioMar today, and will be sourced from Roundtable compliant members."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. BioMar is supportive to the activities of the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil working to ensure more environmental Palm Oil production in the future. Palm-based products are presently in use by BioMar today, and will be sourced from Roundtable compliant members."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. BioMar is supportive to the activities of the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil working to ensure more environmental Palm Oil production in the future. Palm-based products are presently in use by BioMar today, and will be sourced from Roundtable compliant members."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. BioMar is supportive to the activities of the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil working to ensure more environmental Palm Oil production in the future. Palm-based products are presently in use by BioMar today, and will be sourced from Roundtable compliant members."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. BioMar is supportive to the activities of the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil working to ensure more environmental Palm Oil production in the future. Palm-based products are presently in use by BioMar today, and will be sourced from Roundtable compliant members."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. BioMar is supportive to the activities of the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil working to ensure more environmental Palm Oil production in the future. Palm-based products are presently in use by BioMar today, and will be sourced from Roundtable compliant members."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            BioMar reported that 100% of their Palm Oil was RSPO, Green Palm or equivalent-certified in 2018. 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            BioMar reported that 100% of their Palm Oil was RSPO, Green Palm or equivalent-certified in 2018. 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "The suppliers are approved and audited according to BioMar risk assessment procedures including traceability, sustainability, food safety, quality systems, and ethical and environmental policy." "We carry out audits of any new supplier of raw materials. And once a year, we evaluate which of our existing suppliers to re-audit."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "In case of non-conformities, the supplier will have to respond to the audit report within two weeks to confirm that corrective actions will be implemented."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          BioMar use 100% certified sustainable palm oil through Mass Balance and Book and Claim at 1,530 tonnes.
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Biomar promote workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour, in their supply chains.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "BioMar strongly encourage our Suppliers to acknowledge and support our Code and seek to conform to its standards and provisions emphasized below. Failure to comply with the principles set forth in our Code may result in Supplier disqualification. [...]There is to be no discrimination based on race, colour, age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religion, political affiliation, union membership or marital status in hiring and employment practices such as promotions, rewards, and access to training. In addition, workers or potential workers should not be subjected to medical/pregnancy tests that could be used in a discriminatory way". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      32/86
      • Commitment Strength
        18/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          18/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Certification schemes mentioned: RTRS; Proterra
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. Pending commercial availability of RTRS and ProTerra compliant soya, BioMar seeks to ensure soya purchases in accordance with the Basel Criteria. BioMar is not buying soya from areas of the Amazon Biome taken into soya production after 1994, unless compensatory measures are proven". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. Pending commercial availability of RTRS and ProTerra compliant soya, BioMar seeks to ensure soya purchases in accordance with the Basel Criteria. BioMar is not buying soya from areas of the Amazon Biome taken into soya production after 1994, unless compensatory measures are proven". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. Pending commercial availability of RTRS and ProTerra compliant soya, BioMar seeks to ensure soya purchases in accordance with the Basel Criteria. BioMar is not buying soya from areas of the Amazon Biome taken into soya production after 1994, unless compensatory measures are proven". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. Pending commercial availability of RTRS and ProTerra compliant soya, BioMar seeks to ensure soya purchases in accordance with the Basel Criteria. BioMar is not buying soya from areas of the Amazon Biome taken into soya production after 1994, unless compensatory measures are proven". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. Pending commercial availability of RTRS and ProTerra compliant soya, BioMar seeks to ensure soya purchases in accordance with the Basel Criteria. BioMar is not buying soya from areas of the Amazon Biome taken into soya production after 1994, unless compensatory measures are proven". 
          • Target date
            2020
            1.8/2
            Target date
            2020
            1.8/2
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. Pending commercial availability of RTRS and ProTerra compliant soya, BioMar seeks to ensure soya purchases in accordance with the Basel Criteria. BioMar is not buying soya from areas of the Amazon Biome taken into soya production after 1994, unless compensatory measures are proven".  
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. Pending commercial availability of RTRS and ProTerra compliant soya, BioMar seeks to ensure soya purchases in accordance with the Basel Criteria. BioMar is not buying soya from areas of the Amazon Biome taken into soya production after 1994, unless compensatory measures are proven". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            upstream company, traces to Processing Facility
            0/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            upstream company, traces to Processing Facility
            0/5.3
            "Complete traceability is fundamental to food safety. BioMar procedures and registrations contribute to full traceability both upstream and downstream in the food production chain.- In the case of a fish meal supplier, for instance, this means we can test the traceability of fish meal from where a fish was caught in the sea to the fish meal plant and to the delivery of a batch of fish meal at a BioMar plant".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            "Complete traceability is fundamental to food safety. BioMar procedures and registrations contribute to full traceability both upstream and downstream in the food production chain.- In the case of a fish meal supplier, for instance, this means we can test the traceability of fish meal from where a fish was caught in the sea to the fish meal plant and to the delivery of a batch of fish meal at a BioMar plant".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            "Complete traceability is fundamental to food safety. BioMar procedures and registrations contribute to full traceability both upstream and downstream in the food production chain.- In the case of a fish meal supplier, for instance, this means we can test the traceability of fish meal from where a fish was caught in the sea to the fish meal plant and to the delivery of a batch of fish meal at a BioMar plant".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            "Complete traceability is fundamental to food safety. BioMar procedures and registrations contribute to full traceability both upstream and downstream in the food production chain.- In the case of a fish meal supplier, for instance, this means we can test the traceability of fish meal from where a fish was caught in the sea to the fish meal plant and to the delivery of a batch of fish meal at a BioMar plant".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            "Complete traceability is fundamental to food safety. BioMar procedures and registrations contribute to full traceability both upstream and downstream in the food production chain.- In the case of a fish meal supplier, for instance, this means we can test the traceability of fish meal from where a fish was caught in the sea to the fish meal plant and to the delivery of a batch of fish meal at a BioMar plant".
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            "Complete traceability is fundamental to food safety. BioMar procedures and registrations contribute to full traceability both upstream and downstream in the food production chain.- In the case of a fish meal supplier, for instance, this means we can test the traceability of fish meal from where a fish was caught in the sea to the fish meal plant and to the delivery of a batch of fish meal at a BioMar plant".
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. Pending commercial availability of RTRS and ProTerra compliant soya, BioMar seeks to ensure soya purchases in accordance with the Basel Criteria. BioMar is not buying soya from areas of the Amazon Biome taken into soya production after 1994, unless compensatory measures are proven". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            certification
            "BioMar has a programme seeking to eliminate use of raw materials causing deforestation of tropical rainforests within 2020. Pending commercial availability of RTRS and ProTerra compliant soya, BioMar seeks to ensure soya purchases in accordance with the Basel Criteria. BioMar is not buying soya from areas of the Amazon Biome taken into soya production after 1994, unless compensatory measures are proven". 
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "The minimum standard for raw material suppliers to BioMar is based on BioMar Code of Conduct and resolutions made by BioMar’s Sourcing Review Group in agreement with BioMar Group Sourcing Policy.BioMar has set a Supplier Approval Audit Team (SAAT) that is responsible for the overall approving and auditing of suppliers, and to ensure traceability of common raw materials and suppliers to BioMar locations worldwide."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "In case of non-conformities, the supplier will have to respond to the audit report within two weeks to confirm that corrective actions will be implemented."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Biomar promote workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour, in their supply chains.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "BioMar strongly encourage our Suppliers to acknowledge and support our Code and seek to conform to its standards and provisions emphasized below. Failure to comply with the principles set forth in our Code may result in Supplier disqualification. [...]There is to be no discrimination based on race, colour, age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religion, political affiliation, union membership or marital status in hiring and employment practices such as promotions, rewards, and access to training. In addition, workers or potential workers should not be subjected to medical/pregnancy tests that could be used in a discriminatory way". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      5/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Biomar promote workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour, in their supply chains.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "BioMar strongly encourage our Suppliers to acknowledge and support our Code and seek to conform to its standards and provisions emphasized below. Failure to comply with the principles set forth in our Code may result in Supplier disqualification. [...]There is to be no discrimination based on race, colour, age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religion, political affiliation, union membership or marital status in hiring and employment practices such as promotions, rewards, and access to training. In addition, workers or potential workers should not be subjected to medical/pregnancy tests that could be used in a discriminatory way". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    10/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    7/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    Avg. score

Profile

BioMar is a Danish fish feed producer for the aquaculture industry supplying over 80 countries. In 2017, the company reported a turnover of €1.3 billion and production volumes of around 1.2 million tons.

Sector
Industry sector 
Animal feed
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Denmark
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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