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Independent consultants analyse effects of Joint Statement in Cermaq salmon case

May 16, 2013

Follow-up study finds that Cermaq is clearly amongst the best salmon companies in terms of reporting corporate social and environmental responsibilities, but is weak in addressing local disputes.

In May 2013, a report has been published analyzing the impact of the Joint Statement that concluded the Specific Instance Procedure against Cermaq, a salmon farmer in Chile. The report concludes that Cermaq is clearly amongst the best salmon companies in terms of reporting corporate social and environmental responsibilities. However, Cermaq is weak in meaningful stakeholder engagement and addressing local disputes. 

With regard to environment, Cermaq uses far less antibiotics and pesticides than the average salmon farm in Chile. But Cermaq has failed to do any thorough environmental risk assessment for its expansion in other areas. This is in breach with its promises in the Joint Statement.

With regard to workers’ rights, the report finds that little has been done to improve the conditions of workers, specifically subcontracted workers. According to the research, Cermaq scores no better than other enterprises in the sector.

Concerning indigenous peoples, Cermaq does not convincingly address disputes with indigenous communities.

 

Attachment Cermaq study (2).pdf (Size 1426Kb)

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