Responsible Business of the Year 2019: Scottish Salmon Company

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Finalist for Business in the Community's Responsible Business of the Year 2019 

The Scottish Salmon Company: Looking after people and planet at heart of plans for growth 

The UK salmon market is especially important in Scotland, whose salmon is world renowned for its quality and provenance. 

At the heart of this industry is The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC), a business set up in 2011 and now with 550 staff across 60 sites in the rural areas of the west coast. It is a company that prides itself on being both a responsible business that takes environmental and social issues seriously, while having an ambition to become Scotland’s leading fresh food business. It has aligned its strategy with relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals to improve the health and welfare of salmon, provide healthy and nutritious food, offer attractive, safe and meaningful jobs, and create efficient and sustainable food production, using resources responsibly. 

The business is the first salmon producer in the UK to be awarded a two-star Best Aquaculture Practice accreditation for all its marine and processing sites. It has also worked hard to build full traceability in its supply chain, including sourcing fully traceable feed. 

SSC is a vital employer in rural Scotland, with 85% of staff living in remote areas. In 2018, 98 new roles were created, 14 modern apprentices were taken on (there are now 38) and 11,066 hours of training were provided. Average sickness absence rates went down to 3.67%, from 4.3% in 2017. 

In the community, the business has made donations and sponsored events to the tune of £78,000, and through a staff-nominated community fund, more than 30 groups received funding of up to £250 in 2018. 

“As our business has grown, so has our commitment to sustainability,” says Craig Anderson, the company’s CEO. “We have seen significant tangible benefits from business growth and competitive advantage to reduced absenteeism and increased community engagement. For us, it has simply become the way we do business.” 

The information in this impact story has been supplied by Scottish Salmon Company.