We rely on a renewable ecosystem, which necessitates that we make a positive contribution to the sustainability of the fishing industry. Therefore, we prioritise monitoring, mitigating and managing our environmental impacts and promote the efficient use of the resources on which we depend.

Highlights of 2017

  • B- disclosure score by the Carbon Disclosure Project in the consumer staple sector
  • 0 non-compliance directives issued
  • Water usage: 1.08 kl per unit of activity
  • 7% energy usage intensity reduction
  • ISO 14001 compliant environmental control system independent audit score of 99% (2016: 96%) overall for all land-based sites and 98% (2016: 96%) overall for all vessels
  • 3.5 (out of 5) JSE FTSE4Good rating

Oceana’s environmental policy articulates our commitment to complying with legislation and regulations on the environment. It also provides the guiding principles to our commitment to manage and mitigate our environmental impacts. The management of our environmental impacts is founded on the ISO 14001 aligned Environmental Control System. This system provides for the identification, monitoring and control of priority environmental risks identified by the group.

Read more about how we manage our environmental impact in the Group’s 2017 sustainable development report.

To promote societal awareness in our business, we have restated our core business values to align with three inter-related forms of capital. These five core values are integral to our thinking, decision-making and actions. Our sustainability report reflects on our ability to put into practice the values that pertain to human capital, natural capital and social and relationship capital.

Oceana’s people and their performance are important to the group

The planet is Oceana’s home and the responsible management of the marine environment is critical to its future

Oceana’s performance rewards its shareholders’ expectations

Oceana’s customers and suppliers are its partners

Oceana is an integral part of the communities in which it operates

Reduce energy consumption

We continue to focus on improving our energy efficiency and seek to reduce our consumption of non-renewable energy. We have a number of initiatives to improve energy efficiency at our land-based facilities, with an ongoing investigation into energy-efficient marine fuels. We also have flagship initiatives per division which will contribute towards meeting our energy efficiency objective.

Read more in our sustainable development report.

Control and reduce atmospheric emissions

In addition to ensuring compliance with atmospheric emissions regulations, we focus on mitigating the social impacts of odour emissions. For example, we hold biannual air quality management meetings with the communities within which our fishmeal plants are located to engage on matters of common concern and communicate pertinent environmental management information. We monitor our CO2 emissions in absolute terms and per unit of normalised activity.

Read more in our sustainable development report.

Conserve water and reduce water pollution

We implemented a water monitoring and reporting system to track and support our progress against our water use disclosure and reduction targets. The group’s policy and management practice is to use water as sparingly and efficiently as possible in production, cleaning and domestic applications.

Read more in our sustainable development report.

Reduce waste

Our target is to ensure that no food that is fit for human consumption is sent to landfills. Instead, it should be directed to our fishmeal processing facilities. This commitment supports our operational efficiency objectives, including helping to reduce costs, and constitutes our positive contribution to society. We continue to identify and implement recycling and reuse initiatives across the business, and we significantly increased our product recycling efforts in 2017.

Read more in our sustainable development report.