Icelandic USA adopts social responsibility policy

Icelandic USA of Newport News, Va., on Friday announced that it adopted a new corporate social responsibility policy to guide its decisions in social and environmental issues.

The company, a subsidiary of Icelandic Group, said it listened carefully to the needs and concerns of seafood customers to create an approach to corporate social responsibility that encompasses its values and commitment to accountability.

“The demand for high quality, nutritious seafood is higher than ever, and it’s our role to ensure that the resources provided to our consumers and future generations are healthy, fresh and aligned with the ideals of Icelandic,” said Chuck Spencer, sustainability specialist and national account manager of Icelandic’s foodservice sales division. “This policy reflects how serious we are about protecting our natural resources as well as our responsibility as a global seafood provider.”

The new policy details the leadership role Icelandic takes in the industry through cooperation with major seafood companies, ensuring that all common resources are responsibly managed.

The policy specifically outlines Icelandic’s position on several key issues. For example, the company supports the growing international movement to stop trade in illegally caught seafood. Icelandic only works with suppliers that can comply with certification and traceability standards, it said. Additionally, the company refuses to be associated with the processing of or trading in fish species that are threatened with extinction or that are legally protected.

Icelandic is also cognizant of its carbon footprint and has efforts in place to reduce the amount of energy used in the production of its products, it said. The company has increased the ability for the end user to recycle by using more environmentally responsible materials and aims to diminish energy waste through the reduction of packaging weight.

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