The sustainable nutrition of the future begins in the ocean. We are firm believes in that. For that reason, we are absolutely moving from the vision of the ocean as a source of extraction to a vision of the ocean as a source of life on which our existence on the planet depends.
POTENTIAL OF THE SEA
The ocean is a source of life
It absorbs 93% of the heat from our emissions.
It contributes 75% of oxygen.
It absorbs 25% of our CO2 emissions.
Today, just 3% of our food comes from the sea.
Fish comprise 20% of the animal protein we consume.
It can provide 6 times more food than what it provides today with a lower environmental impact than food produced inland.
The responsible fishing of Jack Mackerel has helped increase its biomass by 4.2 million tons in the last 8 years.
The ocean is the cradle of life and tomorrow’s frontier. So, our commitment is to the ocean. Through the combined effort of all areas in our company, we must transform the ocean not only into the basis of food for new generations, but also into a creator of positive, permanent changes in the quality of life of people, families, communities and businesses.
Under its business and sustainability strategy, Orizon has assumed the great commitment to be an amplifier of the positive impact that our ocean has so that its echo will reverberate beyond the coasts and resound throughout the planet and among its inhabitants.
To achieve such impact, Orizon has designed a sustainability strategy based on four pillars:
Impact on the Ecosystem
We depend on our ocean. Therefore, we are the first to take care of it and be concerned about the health of its ecosystem by promoting its protection worldwide.
We are award of the tremendous value that oceans have in maintaining life as we know it. They are one of the main sources of food in the world and reap countless benefits for humanity and the environment.
The health of the planet, its air, its land, and particularly its oceans, the source of life, have a direct impact on our quality of life. For that reason, we committed to acting in furtherance of its care and protection around the world.
Integrity in Business
We are proud of the “Orizon way of doing things”, characterized by a boundless respect for standards, a transparent management and consistent with its values in all its business decisions.
We fully comply with regulations and pursue the highest national and international standards.
Improvement in the Quality of Life
Our concern for people is our guiding light and motivates us to protect the health and well-being of everyone with whom we relate directly or indirectly, whether our workers and suppliers or the community at large.
We recognize the importance of the impact that are our actions, products and activities have on the quality of life and health of many people and families.
Community and Economic Development
We are aware of the challenge and responsibility that companies have in transforming their businesses and promoting our economic development, therefore, we are an actor committed to generating well-being in those around us.
We are an active part of many small and nearby communities, with which we engage every day and where through our activity we permanently seek to generate positive impacts on the development of our community, its social well-being and its economic growth.
Our certifications guarantee us as a company committed to the sustainability, quality and safety of everything we produce.
The Jack Mackerel industrial fishery in the Third to Tenth Regions of Chile received certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) on April 26, 2019, through Lloyd’s Register, an independent agency. This seal warrants the sustainability, traceability and use of the best practices by Chile.
MSC CHAIN OF CUSTODY
The MSC Chain of Custody Standard warrants the traceability of products from sustainable fisheries certified by MSC. It guarantees that they have been separated from uncertified products.
This guarantees consumers that our products have met the requirements set by Convivir to identify and determine that the product is suitable for people suffering from celiac disease.
The BRC standard is a world standard for food safety created by the British Retail Consortium. It was created for the dual purpose of, on the one hand, ensuring compliance by suppliers and, on the other, giving retailers a tool to warrant the quality and safety of the food products they sell. Today this standard is considered to be an international benchmark for the certification of suppliers of products and brands on large markets.
The BRC management system provides a framework to manage the safety, authenticity, quality and legality of products and the operating controls of those elements in the manufacture, processing and packaging of food and food ingredients.
The BRC certification demonstrates our commitment to implementing control systems that will identify any hazard or threat against the safety, authenticity, quality and legality of the food we produce. The Fish Cannery and Added-Value Frozen Fish plants currently hold BRCv8 certification.
This certification guarantees our responsible practices in the production of fishmeal and fish oil. The MarinTrust standard warrants the following:
There is no catching or processing of illegal, unregulated and undeclared fish.
Raw materials used in the production of ocean ingredients come from responsibly managed fisheries.
Efficient practices in the production of ocean ingredients to reduce the environmental impact of the fishmeal and fish oil production process.
The safe manufacture of ocean ingredients through Good Manufacturing Practices.
Effective traceability systems to guarantee that ocean ingredients meeting the MarinTrust requirements can be traced to the MarinTrust-approved fishery.
Protection of social rights and the wellbeing of employees in the ocean ingredient production centers.
MarinTrust certification is received after rigorous audits of the factories and evaluations of the fisheries and it is maintained through annual re-certification audits.
In 2021 we achieved the IFS certification with the “Higher Level” degree. It is a food safety standard recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which focuses on the safety and food quality of processed products. It certifies that food production is carried out guaranteeing the safety of food and the safety of commercialized products.
NEWS & INITIATIVES
We also aim to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations through our commitment to sustainability and the Echoes of the Sea. We expect to be a contribution by means of our daily activities, our alliances, our ongoing concern for people and our involvement in the community so that the world will be able to face those challenges.
We contribute to goals 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 and 2.a, through:
- The development of natural and healthy foods, either produced in-house or in alliance with third parties.
- Regular donation of food to vulnerable communities, as part of our “We help with the best we have” campaign.
- Donation of healthy food to senior citizens in Chile through the Food from the Sea Bank program.
- Aid programs for artisanal fishermen, unions and nearby community groups for the development of the food industry.
- Partnership with the Technological Center for Food Innovation (CeTA) to promote the generation of R&D&I in the food production industry and supporting small producers.
GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
We contribute to goal 3.9 through:
- The production of food according to high standards of quality that ensure a reduction in hazardous and contaminating elements. We have strict standards and hold quality certifications, such as the Quality Assurance Program (QAP), a Quality and Safety Management System based on the HACCP method (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), and BRC certification, by which we ensure a transparency throughout the chain of supply, control during the production process, food safety and a quality control of food.
We contribute to goals 4.1 and 4.4 through:
- Participation in the “One Child Our, Commitment” program, sponsoring children with good academic performance who are in vulnerable situations, providing them with social and academic support.
- Agreements with different training institutions for the development of professional internships or theses, with the purpose of receiving students for them to complete their academic and professional training.
- Partnership between Orizon and Duoc UC Arauco, promoted by Arauco, a company of the Copec Group, aimed at continuous training, career development and expansion of the labor market for young people. The partnership with Orizon is aimed at the Dual Alternation of students in degrees including Electricity and Industrial Automation Technician and Electromechanical Maintenance Technician Mention Industry, enhancing labor and technical skills of students.
ECOSISTEMA DE FORMACIÓN DUAL
DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
We contribute to goals 8.3 and 8.8 through:
- Programs to support entrepreneurs in our communities and surrounding areas.
- Partnership with CeTA, fosters development of new businesses and jobs.
- Occupational Health and Safety and Continuous Improvement programs continuously implemented in our facilities.
- We have policies related to workers’ health, their jobs and labor rights.
INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
We contribute to goals 9.2, 9.4, 9,5 and 9b through:
- Our continuing development of sustainable technology for the processing of Jack Mackerel and its by-products, in addition to the ongoing improvement of the infrastructure and fleets used in production.
- We have made an alliance with the Technology Center for Food Innovation (CeTA) in the goal of promoting research, development and innovation in the food production industry.
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
We contribute to goals 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 12,5 and 12,6 through:
- We are MSC certified for Horse Mackerel, ensuring sustainability, traceability and the application of best practices by Chile.
- Agreements with Red de Alimentos and Biobío Solidario for food donations.
- The implementation of an Energy Management System with a view to reducing our energy consumption and emissions.
- A program to recycle disused fishing nets with Bureo, which in turn considers the development of activities with the neighboring communities, seeking to raise awareness about environmental care in the community.
- Reporting on our social and environmental performance, through our annual report and sustainability report.
- Clean Production Agreement for our Maritime Fleet.
LIFE BELOW WATER
We contribute to goals 14.1, 14.2, 14,3, 14.4, 14.a and 14.b from:
- Our policy on compliance with the General Fishing and Aquaculture Law (LGPA) that is extended to all service providers and to the supply of raw materials by artisanal fishers.
- The training of employees and artisanal fishers in Law 20,625 (Disposal Law) and Law 21,132 (Strengthening of Oversight by the National Fishing Service).
- Our association with the Fishing Research Institute (Inpesca), where the main goal is to conduct studies of the principal national fisheries under exploitation and the impact of the production process on the coastal marine environment.
- Our work with artisanal fishing, 47% of catches we process comes from artisanal fishermen.
- Our Marine Trust Certification that guarantees that our practices in the production of fish oil and fish meal are responsible.
- Our joint work with other Jack Mackerel producers to completely regulate Jack Mackerel fishing and protect its biodiversity. Thanks to this, Jack Mackerel is currently one of the few fishes in the world whose biomass is growing each year, thanks to responsible fishing focused on its protection and sustainability in the long term. This led to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certification of Chilean Purse Seine Jack Mackerel Fishery, a seal that guarantees the sustainability, traceability and use of the best fishing practices in the world.
PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
We contribute to goals 16.5, 16.6 and 16.7 from:
- Certification of our crime prevention model.
- Our code of ethics and internal policies.
- Our characteristic adherence to national and international standards and certifications.