In this case study Paul Barreiro, Certifications Coordinator at Ecuadorian shrimp exporter Omarsa, shares how a sustainable production model and care for the environment helped the company’s growth, and how using Sedex is helping to manage their supply chain in a sustainable and responsible way.
OMARSA is among Ecuador’s top three shrimp exporting companies, successfully processing shrimp products under more than 15 brands, supplying to many international markets in the European Union, United States and Canada as well as South America. For over 30 years, the company has been dedicated to the farming, processing and shipping of premium quality vannamei shrimp. A strict quality control policy and environmental principles have helped OMARSA to achieve high standards that guarantee premium quality shrimp and ensures long-term sustainability. The company focuses on working with business partners who meet the legal requirements of the national legislation, including social and environmental requirements.
The company joined Sedex as Supplier (B) member in 2012 to share information about ethical practices and social responsibility with their customers in a quick and effective way. “We believe that the methodology of completing a self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ) and then a verification of our ethical and social practices through the SMETA audit, is a strength of Sedex that offer high levels of reliability for our customers and commercial partners”, says Barreiro.
Sedex membership not only helps OMARSA to measure and improve their social and ethical practices, but acts as a mechanism that allows them to guarantee access to new markets or customers who are as interested in compliance with legal and ethical requirements as OMARSA is.
“Sedex membership facilitates business, because we are part of a solid and updated database of information that is available to our customers and suppliers to verify important information about Omarsa. Having access to this information speeds up the negotiation process, expands the network of customers and suppliers that work in alignment with common ethical and social principles”, says Barreiro.
He would recommend Sedex to other companies because “it is an independent organisation, free of political and commercial commitments, that helps different companies in the value chain to maintain ethical and responsible practices”. According to him, Sedex membership not only increases a company’s prestige but also promotes contact with companies in different parts of the world whose processes are performed within a socially responsible framework.
In addition to Sedex membership, OMARSA has various social responsibility programs focused on addressing the needs of employees and local communities. Focus on people, community involvement and environmental sustainability are key areas in Omarsa’s corporate social responsibility. The company offers various scholarships and training courses for employees and contributes towards local development and improvement of living conditions.