Sustainable production

Committed to minimize the environmental and social footprint

Our shrimp production is environmental and socially responsible, focusing on food safety, animal welfare and traceability.

Certifications

Our products are supported by the most demanding certifications required in international markets. Click below to find more about each.

 ASC / Aquaculture Stewardship – Since June 2014

It is a labeling and certification program for responsibly farmed seafood that promotes industry best practice to minimize the environmental and social footprint of commercial aquaculture. It includes strict requirements in relation to the Biodiversity Environmental Impact Assessment (B-EIA) and the Participatory Social Impact Assessment (PSIA), with the active participation of all stakeholders including communities near the shrimp farms.

Omarsa’s certified establishments:

  • Shrimp farms: Cachugran, Chongón and Puna.
  • Processing plant.

The ASC Standards cover the following seven principles:

  1. Legal compliance (obeying the law, the legal right to be there)
  2. Preservation of the natural environment and biodiversity.
  3. Preservation of water resources.
  4. Preservation of diversity of species and wild populations (e.g., preventing escapes which could pose a threat to wild fish)
  5. Responsible use of animal feed and other resources.
  6. Animal health (no unnecessary use of antibiotics and chemicals)
  7. Social responsibility (e.g. no child labour, health and safety of workers, freedom of assembly, community relations)

For more information: http://www.asc-aqua.org/

  Regulation (EC) 834-2007 Euroleaf – Since May 2010

Certification that evaluates and recognizes the principles of organic production, according to the requirements of the authorities in the member countries of the European Union.

The main objective of the European logo is to make organic products easier to be identified by the consumers. Furthermore it gives a visual identity to the organic farming sector and thus contributes to ensure overall coherence and a proper functioning of the internal market in this field.

The use of the logo and correct labelling is obligatory for all organic pre-packaged food produced within the European Union.

Omarsa’s certified establishments:

  • Hatcheries: Mar Bravo.
  • Shrimp farm: Cachugran.
  • Process plant.

The regulation set a new course for developing organic farming further, with the following aims:

  1. Sustainable cultivation systems.
  2. A variety of high-quality products.
  3. Greater emphasis on environmental protection.
  4. More attention to biodiversity.
  5. Higher standards of animal protection.
  6. Consumer confidence.
  7. Protecting consumer interests.

For more information visit: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic/index_en

 Naturland – Since April 2007

It is a private German certification. It differs from AB certification by not allowing the use of sulphites in the product harvesting or processing.

Omarsa’s certified establishments:

  • Hatcheries: Mar Bravo.
  • Shrimp farmers: Chongón.
  • Process plant.

Naturland develops and propagates organic agriculture at local, national and global levels. They enforce the production, processing and marketing of high quality, healthy and enjoyable foodstuffs and organic products. In pursuing these aims, they strive to remain in harmony with nature, in recognition of the responsibility we bear towards succeeding generations.

For more information visit: http://www.naturland.de/en/

 BAP – Since October 2006

Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain — farms, feed mills, hatcheries and processing plants — that assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means.

Omarsa’s certified establishments:

  • Hatcheries: Mar Bravo.
  • Shrimp farm: Cachugran.
  • Process plant.

The Standards & Guidelines refer to:

  1. Community.
  2. Environment.
  3. Animal Health and Welfare.
  4. Food Safety.
  5. Biosecurity.
  6. Traceability.

For more information visit: http://bap.gaalliance.org/

 GLOBALG.A.P – Since March 2010

It is a rigorous integrated Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification that translates consumer requirements into production practices. The Omarsa group is GlobalGap certified under “multisite option 1”.

Omarsa’s certified establishments:

  • Hatcheries: Tabasca, Mar Bravo.
  • Shrimp farms: Cachugran, Chongon and Puna.
  • Processing Plant (Chain of Custody)

Its mission is to globally connecting farmers and brand owners in the production and marketing of safe food to provide reassurance for consumers. They lay the foundation for the protection of scarce resources by the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices with a promise for a sustainable future.

The GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard sets strict criteria for:

  1. Legal compliance.
  2. Food safety.
  3. Workers’ occupational health, safety and welfare.
  4. Animal welfare.
  5. Environmental and ecological care.

The Standard covers the entire production chain from feed to fork.

For more information visit: http://www.globalgap.org/uk_en/index.html

 BRC – Since November 2009

BRC is one of the referent for Food Safety and Quality Management System with more application at present. Its objective is to guarantee the standardization of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer.

Omarsa’s certified establishments: Processing plant.

The BRC Global Standard focuses on:

  1. The importance of management commitment.
  2. HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) based food safety programmes.
  3. Quality management systems.
  4. Auditing good manufacturing processes – it is not just a paperwork audit.
  5. Auditing areas which often have the highest rate of product recalls and withdrawals, such as labelling and packing.
  6. Developing systems to reduce exposure to food fraud.
  7. Ensuring consistency of the audit process.
  8. Providing a BRC Global Standard that is portable enough to allow Additional Modules to be added to reduce audit burden.
  9. Promoting greater resilience, transparency and traceability in the supply chain.

For more information visit: http://www.brcglobalstandards.com

 BASC – Since November 2009

BASC -Business Alliance for Secure Commerce-, is an international business alliance, created to promote secure international trade in cooperation with governments and international organizations.

The BASC program examines the entire process of manufacturing and shipping of merchandise from foreign countries to the United States, emphasizing the creation of a more security-conscious environment throughout the supply chain.

Omarsa’s certified establishments: Processing plant.

For more information visit: http://www.wbasco.org/index-eng.htm

 Sedex – Members since 2012

Sedex is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to enable improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in supply chains worldwide and has the largest share ethical data in the supply chain collaboration platform. On December 2015 Omarsa processing plant was evaluated under the criteria of the audit Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA), obtaining favorable results. This audit aims to ensure ethical trade and social responsibility of companies through the assessment of compliance with regulations related to labor and occupational risk prevention standards; framed by the requirements of local legislation and the Base Code Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).

Through this platform, Omarsa can share information about their working practices with its partners to help develop a more sustainable approach to shrimp production.

For more information visit: https://www.sedexglobal.com/

Organic Production

The rapid development of the organic sector and the increasing demand for organic food over the last twenty years in the international markets, has motivated Omarsa to certify its product under this philosophy. Characteristics of our organic shrimp:

  • Semi-extensive production with low density. Less than 15 animals per m2.
  • Does not use pesticides or artificial fertilizers.
  • Operations governed by environmental and social responsibility plans.
  • Does not use antibiotics or growth hormones.
  • Has no genetic modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Process free of ionizing radiation or food additives.
  • 100% of feed and fertilizers come from organic source with the following standards.
  • Maximum 30% of total protein, where animal protein is used comes from offal’s of the fishing industry.
  • No use of pesticides or synthetic pesticides (plague control)
  • Responsible use of energy sources.
  • Continuous monitoring of environmental impacts.
  • Management practices and harvest in accordance to organic aquaculture principles.
  • Low food conversion rate (FCR 1.8)

Corporate Social Responsibility

Omarsa is an Ecuadorian shrimp exporter committed to a sustainable production that includes environmental and social responsibility, food safety, animal welfare and traceability.

Under this vision Omarsa has developed a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Plan based on three pillars: the Environment, the Community and our workers.

What is included in our Corporate Social Responsibility?

This plan has 4 projects which will be implemented in 2017 and that will have a great impact on the workers, community and the environment.

How can you help?

You can contribute to these projects by donating funds to a special account created by Omarsa and used only for our CSR projects. Omarsa will match every contribution made to this campaign. If we accomplish the resources indicated above we will be able to duplicate the efforts established in our original Corporative Social Responsibility Plan.

Risk & Challenges

Even if we don’t get the total fund we pledge, we will still do the activities mentioned before but with a reduced impact on the beneficiaries.

Please contact us if you want more information on any of our projects:
Paul Barreiro – pbarreiro@omarsa.com.ec

Project 1

Mangrove conservation

Omarsa is aware of the importance of mangrove conservation for a healthy coastal ecosystem. With this goal, Omarsa has a plan to support control activities for the mangrove in the Gulf of Guayaquil and a Reforestation Program in its own farms.

What activities will be conducted in this project this year?

  • Budget $10.000.
  • Elaboration and delivery of 50 signs to establish boundaries of the protected areas.
  • Donation of fuel for patrols scheduled in the management and control plan of the mangrove.
  • Promotion of an ecotourism project with the goal of generating resources for mangrove conservation activities and providing new sources of income for community habitats.

Project 2

Water for the community

Some of the Communities that surround Omarsa’s shrimp farms have little or no access to basic necessities. With the leaders of the communities we have identified that the major necessity is access to water, thus the need for the installation of an elevated tank to store, collect and distribute water obtained from a groundwater well.

What activities will be conducted in this project this year?

  • Budget $30.000.
  • Assessment of conditions (technical and economic) for the installation of an elevated tank to store and distribute water to El Zapote community. The water source is a groundwater well.
  • Provision of up to 50 cubic meters of water every two months, which will be delivered in one place in the community of Cerrito de los Morreños, in agreement with the leaders of the community. Water will be administered by the Water Board’s community.

Project 3

Sewing workshop

The objective of the project is to provide the housewives of the Abel Gilbert citadel in Durán, near the processing plant, a job opportunity. The project includes training in sewing skills and the free provision of a workshop properly equipped for the elaboration of uniforms for the company finding in this activity a source of income.

The initial investment in machinery and equipment (sewing machines, cutters, other equipment) amounts to $ 10.000,00 dollars and additionally, to maintain the workshop, it takes a monthly expense of $ 2.910,00 in personnel, basic services and security totaling an annual investment of $ 44.920,00 dollars

What activities will be conducted in this project this year?

  • Budget $ 40.000.
  • Purchase of new machinery for the 20 additional women to be included in the workshop.
  • Training for new female workers.
  • Staff, basic services and guardianship.

Project 4

Home improvement

Omarsa has more than 2.200 workers. Many of them currently live in extreme poverty conditions.

In 2015 Omarsa started the campaign “Join hands and give away smiles” which purpose is to rebuild the homes of selected workers improving their quality of life with great success providing a decent home to a number of families.

What activities will be conducted in this project this year?

  • Budget $45.000.
  • The type of activities will depend on the needs of the house, however some of the changes made to the 10 houses selected on 2015 are listed next.
  • Bathroom installation.
  • Rebuilding of master bedroom.
  • Complete house makeover.
  • Electric installation.
  • Room extension.
  • Painting of house facade.
  • Improve roof of the house.
  • Installation of ceramic in the bathroom.
  • Building of laundry space.
  • Plaster walls.
  • Window installations.