Why it is important to us
Grieg Seafood can affect the local communities in which we operate, both positively and negatively. At the same time we depend on these communities thriving and on good relationships with our neighbours and host municipalities. Positive ripple effects can contribute to a spread in settlement, maintenance and establishment of new jobs, development of income and infrastructure through taxation; Negative ripple effects can potentially surface due to increased activity and reduced traffic safety on local roads, noise and unpleasant smells from fish farming and processing as well as unwanted activity around recreational areas and holiday locations.
Our main principles
We wish to ensure that our activities cause positive ripple effects in our local communities. We will therefore use local suppliers as often as we can. We wish to also contribute economically to local development, especially when it comes to activities with children and youth. We will also work to attract new employees and will raise awareness of fish farming and the work and development opportunities within our industry.
Our efforts and results
In 2015 Grieg Seafood has maintained existing initiatives in order to create positive ripple effects in our local communities.
Our economic ripple effect in our local communities has many channels, including local jobs within Grieg Seafood, procurement from local suppliers and sponsoring local initiatives. Table 7 below gives an insight into our economic influence through these channels.
A particular focus in our Norwegian locations is to work with schools and students to create awareness of the possibilities in fish farming. In Rogaland we have established a training scheme together with high schools in the county. Grieg Seafood Rogaland has been a trainee company for many years and the experience has been highly positive. By contributing as a trainee company we can contribute to local employability, maintain the competency level of potential employees within the local area, and the trainee scheme itself can be an entrance for future employment. In Rogaland our production facilities are visited by schools and kindergartens several times per year. This is, again, so that children and youth in the area can gain insight into what it is like to work within the salmon rearing industry. In Finnmark we also have a partnership with Nordkapp maritime technical school, to work to increase recruitment to the industry, through working with the students throughout their studies. In Finnmark we are also active in schools. For instance we have organised aquaculture days for 8th graders at schools in Alta and Loppa in order to teach the students about fish farming, and what it is like to work there. We do this so that children and youth can gain insight into what they can expect working with salmon rearing. We are also one of the main sponsors of “Håp i havet”. This is a forum bringing together students, scientists, politicians and business to discuss the opportunities related to fishing and aquaculture in Norway.
In Canada it is important to us to listen and respond to the concerns of the indigenous people that live in our communities, and we are therefore contributor to First Nations initiative. In addition, employees participate on a variety of events to inform the public about good aquaculture. In Shetland, we are proud to contribute to early childhood education in aquaculture.
Throughout 2015 we have also strived to create positive local ripple effects by maintaining our focus towards being a contributor to the local community by supporting local sports teams and other cultural organisations focusing on children and youth. Grants to certain initiatives in the local communities in which we operate also serve as an important contribution toward ensuring positive ripple effects. Every region actively supports and provides recreational activities for children and youth in addition to other cultural events. In Rogaland, for example, we are the main sponsor of the Grieg Race during the Tomato Festival at Finnøy every year. In Finnmark we are a major contributor to the annual Finnmarksløpet.
Our ambitions and goals
Moving forward we will continue to support activities for children and youth. We will also work to establish a common approach to how we can secure a positive effect on, and good relations with, our local communities.
Grieg Foundation owns 25% of the Grieg Group, which is the main shareholder in Grieg Seafood. Through this ownership we contribute to that a substantial share of the profits from GSF goes to International and national purposes including SOS Children’s Villages, Haukeland Hospital, culture and the arts and more.
Grieg Foundation’s contributions mainly go toward:
- Medical research or health projects in general
- Music or other cultural initiatives
- Education and sport