Joseph Robertson has built its business reputation on the quality of Scottish fish and we have remained committed to our local markets for a large proportion of our business – a firm supporter of the Seafish Industry – Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) we were delighted to be the first manufacturer to be allowed the use of the RFS logo on our retail frozen Swankie brand packaging.
As a leading food manufacturing company, Joseph Robertson is committed to sourcing raw materials responsibly.
We aim to source all our seafood from responsibly managed fisheries and farms, in line with the Sustainable Seafood Coalition’s code of conduct. As a complex business with a wide range of raw materials and products we work hard to ensure that Product Development, Purchasing and Compliance have an input on every purchasing decision to achieve this.
To date our products are made with certified seafood from MSC fisheries and Global GAP or Global Aquaculture Alliance farms.
We believe that by working together in the seafood industry, we can achieve positive results. With this in mind, we joined the Sustainable Seafood Coalition. We follow the SSC codes of conduct, and also work closely with our customers to review all new and existing fisheries and farmed seafood that we use.
Since October 2016, we are participating in the ODP, providing us with an opportunity to be entirely transparent and accountable on our sourcing decisions. It also helps to focus our efforts on areas of improvement and to influence our supply chain in the right direction. Joseph Robertson wants its customers to have full confidence when buying our products, and to know that we share and believe in the commitment to having ‘Responsible Sourcing’ at the heart of our company core values.
Because Scottish waters cannot supply all our needs, we procure supplies from other Northern waters principally off Iceland & Norway and we have invested a great deal of time and effort into ensuring fish from these sources is fully sustainable and are caught using methods that minimise effects on the marine environment. Line caught Haddock and Cod form the vast majority of the raw material we get from these Northern seas.
Salmon used in many of our recipes is principally sourced from Scottish and Norwegian farms renowned for excellent fishery management practices – RSPCA monitored Salmon from Scottish farms and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Wild Salmon from Alaska are additionally sources of supply and form the sustainable policy the company holds dear.
Our commitment is about fish and people. We support the Responsible Fishing Scheme. The RFS is the only third party scheme that certifies high standards of crew welfare and responsible catching practices on board fishing vessels.
Visit www.seafish.org/rfs for more details.
As a responsible food manufacturer, we source our raw materials using Sustainable Palm Oil. As a company we are members of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). We use 100% certified palm oil in our ingredients.
Sustainable Seafood Coalition
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
Scottish Food & Drink
Provision Trade Federation
Joseph Robertson will be the UK’s first seafood supplier to participate in the ODP Sustainable Fisheries transparency project. As part of the involvement, participating companies voluntarily and publicly disclose and discuss details on their work toward sustainable seafood sourcing.
Our profile, as with all ODP profiles, describes the fishery origin of its products, whether or not the fishery in question is certified sustainable by any third party or in a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP), and other environmental notes.
Over the past two years we have been working toward aligning ourselves to be recognized as a leading manufacturer firmly supporting responsible sourcing. The addition of the ‘Ocean Disclosure Project’ creates an excellent tool providing the opportunity to be completely transparent and accountable. It also helps to focus our efforts on areas of improvement and to influence our supply chain in the right direction. Joseph Robertson wants its customers and consumers to have full confidence when buying our products, and to know that we share and believe in the commitment to having ‘Responsible Sourcing’ at the heart of our company core values.