At Open Blue we want to ensure that the aspirations of our company are developed in a way that demonstrates continuous improvement for our goal to be a world leader in sustainable offshore aquaculture. We all know the growing world population will require additional protein sources. As we know, a growing world population will require additional protein sources and the challenge is how to produce enough food in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Freshwater is a critical element for sustaining all life on planet earth and farmers worldwide must recognize their responsibility to conserve and protect this resource not only for humans but for many life forms. Ensuring that farm structures and the fish within them are in areas where minimal disruption is caused and then carefully monitoring, beyond shifting requirements of government agencies in different locations are just one aspect of finding ways to minimize and manage impact.
Certification programs are important tools for our company to measure and monitor impact and to do so in ways that have broader participation in assessing what may be important considerations for external stakeholders.
There is a myriad of reasons why we have chosen to pursue a range of certifications as our business evolves, to measure our progress and demonstrate commitment. Our customers require and value them and in some cases, they are the “cost of doing business”. We are looking for ways to increase the value of our product and build loyalty in our customer base and certifications provide a visible mark to enhance and increase the value of our product and assist us to differentiate ourselves from our competitors.
Although regulations can be viewed with suspicion, third party audits provide structure, certainty, confidence and a framework for ongoing improvement.
We have chosen to pursue a range of certifications to meet these needs: ISO 9001 -a foundation for proving our ability to consistently provide products that meet our customer’s needs, Great Place to Work -how we link employee engagement and worker satisfaction with our goals, Global Gap/Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) / Friend of the Sea (FOS) / British Retail Consortium (BRC) -specific standards to enhance operational consistency and satisfy customer needs and now Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) which we consider to be the highest level standard of excellence to minimize environmental and social footprint.
We measure sustainability at Open Blue using a Three Pillars approach:
- Social Responsibility: Caring for our workers, customers and the community around us
- Environmental Care: Growing our fish in harmony with the ocean
- Financial Accountability and Measurement: Respecting our investors and measuring our progress
Our corporate quality statement and all our operations are aligned with our corporate values to ensure the achievement of our quality objectives.
Open Blue is committed to supplying safe, healthy, premium quality fish to our customers and ensuring that stakeholders: employees, customers and interested people are informed about our business. We do this through continual improvement of our open ocean deep water technology, processing, and support operations, in a safe workplace for our qualified employees. We commit to adherence of legal and third party requirements, maintaining the utmost respect for our environment.
Are we perfect? Far from that, but we are committed to viewing our challenges and issues with a clear gaze and making the changes needed to address issues as they arise. We invite you to join with us on our journey.