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Feed Standard

Dried ingredients

The UoC sources ingredients responsibly

Rationale

The Supplier Code of Conduct is an important starting place for managing the potential socio-environmental risks of the ingredients[126] that go into aquaculture feed. The Code of Conduct is a tool to prompt greater communication around sustainability expectations between the feed manufacturer and its suppliers (i.e. ingredient manufacturers and their supplying manufacturers) and as such is best made public. The aim of the code of conduct is thus to raise awareness and ensure mitigation measures have been initiated for socio-environmental risks. In contrast the Due Diligence carried out by the feed mill addresses only the more pressing of these risks, and requires an in-depth review by the feed mill to ensure that these risks have adequately been dealt with within the supply chain (i.e. ingredient manufacturers and raw material producers).

Indicators:
2.1.1The UoC shall effectively implement a Supplier Code of Conduct that includes, at a minimum, the points listed in Indicators 2.1.3–2.1.8.
2.1.2The UoC shall have the Supplier Code of Conduct (Indicator 2.1.1) publicly[127] available.
2.1.3Within the Supplier Code of Conduct (Indicator 2.1.1) the UoC requires ingredient manufacturers to meet, as a minimum, the licence and permit-related Indicators as defined in:

2.1.4Within the Supplier Code of Conduct (Indicator 2.1.1) the UoC requires ingredient manufacturers to meet, as a minimum, the environmental and social-related Indicators as defined in:

2.1.5Within the Supplier Code of Conduct (Indicator 2.1.1) the UoC communicates that it will discontinue purchases from ingredient manufacturers that do not meet the Supplier Code of Conduct.
2.1.6Within the Supplier Code of Conduct (Indicator 2.1.1) the UoC shall require ingredient manufacturers to declare to the UoC whether they meet the Supplier Code of Conduct (Indicator 2.1.1)[128][129].
2.1.7Within the Supplier Code of Conduct (Indicator 2.1.1) the UoC shall require its ingredient manufacturers to inform the UoC in case of any material changes in relation to Indicator 2.1.6.
2.1.8Within the Supplier Code of Conduct (Indicator 2.1.1) the UoC shall require ingredient manufacturers to communicate an equivalent set of requirements (Indicator 2.1.1.) with the same intention, to their suppliers (i.e. manufacturers of purchased feed materials).

Rationale

Due Diligence provides a pathway to understand the origins and potential impacts of the ingredients in aquaculture feed. As a first step, feed manufacturers must strive for continuous improvement in achieving greater traceability[130] on the origins of their raw materials. In this Standard, a UoC must publish its primary raw material and their respective countries (or fisheries in case of marine ingredients) of origin. Then, within three years, the UoC must identify the region within the country of origin for its plant raw materials. Greater visibility allows feed manufacturers to conduct more meaningful due diligence on the potential negative impacts that these materials have created prior to reaching the feed manufacturer. 

The Supplier Code of Conduct covers a wider range of topics, relying on self-declaration as a first step in raising awareness and working with supply chains; combined with this there is the Due Diligence, which includes an in-depth assessment of a smaller range but more serious risks at the ingredient manufacturer facility and at raw material production level.

Indicators:
2.2.1The UoC shall require ingredient manufacturers to cooperate in providing relevant information that enables the UoC to conduct a Due Diligence on the ingredient manufacturer, as well as on primary raw material production[131].  
2.2.2The UoC shall maintain accurate and up-to-date listing(s) for all ingredients[132] that represent >1% of the total annual ingredient-weight (volume) received by the UoC. The list shall include the following information:

  • name and contact details of manufacturers of the ingredients;
  • primary raw material of the ingredients;
  • for terrestrial primary raw materials, the country(ies)of origin;
  • for marine primary raw material, the fishery(ies) of origin.
2.2.3The UoC shall annually publish[133] the listed ingredients, their primary raw material and the country(ies)/fishery(ies) of primary raw material production (Indicator 2.2.2). 
2.2.4The UoC shall publish[134] (from the start of the second certification cycle onwards) the production region(s)[135] within the country(ies) of primary raw material production on an annual basis. This only applies to terrestrial plant-derived ingredients.
2.2.5The UoC shall conduct the Due Diligence[136] on its ingredient manufacturers of marine-based ingredients[137], plant-based ingredients and other feed stuffs for the risk factors listed in table 1, and using one of the four pathways defined in Annex 3.[138]
2.2.6The UoC shall conduct the Due Diligence on its primary marine and plant raw material production for the risk factors listed in table 1, and using one of the four pathways defined in Annex 3.[139][140]
2.2.7The UoC shall, in all cases where one of the two pathways “sectoral/fishery assessment” or “ingredient manufacturer assessment” is selected, follow all five risk management framework steps outlined in figure 4, Annex 7
2.2.8The UoC shall have a system to ensure it only sources from supply chains where the outcome of the Due Diligence on the ingredient manufacturer indicates low risk for the risk factors referred to in 2.2.5.[141][142]
2.2.9The UoC shall have a system to ensure it only sources marine- and plant-based ingredients where the outcome of the Due Diligence on the respective primary raw material production indicates low risk for the risk factors referred to in 2.2.6.[143][144]
2.2.10Using the template provided on the ASC website, the UoC shall annually publish and report to ASC an overview of the outcome of the Due Diligences carried out and the respective pathways chosen.[145]
2.2.11In all cases where the pathways “sectoral/fishery assessment” or “ingredient manufacturer assessment” (see Annex 3) are chosen, the UoC shall publish and share with ASC an up-to-date summary report including the evidence as required under b. of each pathway in Annex 3