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Balfegó becomes the first B Corp company in the Spanish fishing sector

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Balfegóa leading company in bluefin tuna fishing and marketing, has become the first B Corp company in the Spanish fishing sector. B Corp is a movement born in the United States that brings together organizations with the most advanced standards in the world in terms of sustainability, both environmental and social. Currently there are only 253 B Corp companies in Spain and 8,000 worldwide.

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Balfegó has achieved recognition after an initial audit process of its different sustainability policies, and a subsequent evaluation process of new projects launched in this same area, both environmental and social, which has been developed over the last few years. 2 years. Recognition with the B Corp certification is not a one-off nature, but will require the company to undergo a process of constant observation and transformation of its policies based on continuous improvement.

Within the program of sustainability projects launched by the company for evaluation, and within the environmental field, it is worth highlighting the calculation and reduction of the carbon footprint, as well as the implementation of a system of corrective measures for this same footprint. Likewise, the company has implemented an internal animal welfare protocol, extensive management to reduce waste, prioritizing local purchasing or changing packaging for more sustainable ones, among other measures.

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Coinciding with obtaining this recognition and as part of its commitments, Balfegó has announced that it will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 46% between now and 20301 and compared to those of 2019. As a B Corp company, Balfegó reinforces its historical commitment to sustainability with its team, with the community of chefs and restaurateurs, with consumers and, of course, with the species and the preservation of natural ecosystems.

Furthermore, during the process, Balfegó has also achieved environmental certifications that guarantee its good practices in terms of fishing management, aquaculture or the processing of bluefin tuna under criteria of environmental sustainability, traceability or authenticity. In this regard, the AENOR and Biosphere certifications stand out.

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Likewise, the company has managed to ensure that 100% of its electricity consumption comes from renewable sources, has reduced its water consumption and has undertaken a project to replace its current fleet of vehicles (trucks and transport and delivery vans) with others. with electric propulsion.

In the field of social sustainability, Balfegó places people at the center of its activity and has implemented various policies to ensure better working conditions for working people, raise their quality of life in aspects such as conciliation or development. professional. Likewise, it has automated the selection processes to eliminate any type of discrimination when filling positions, which are published internally or it has reached agreements with different foundations for the insertion of non-guarded minors or women in vulnerable situations.

Regarding improvements in working conditions, Balfegó contemplates, among other options, flexible remuneration, personal payroll configurations, including, by way of example, childcare costs, transportation, or vehicle rental at the company's expense, or insurance. private doctors. The company is also committed to training in languages, finances or health, as well as the Balfegó W Talent scholarship, intended for women who want to train in haute cuisine, to eliminate the existing gender gap in the sector.

According to Juan Serrano, general director of Balfegó, “belonging to this universe of committed companies, companies that measure, report and continually improve their activity for the benefit of society and the environment, is a satisfaction, but, above all, it is a challenge. For years now we have decidedly committed to incorporating sustainability into the company's strategy and operations - adds Serrano - as a factor of competitiveness and responsibility in the current context and thanks to that effort we have come this far and we are now B Corp. We are aware –Juan Serrano concludes– that we have acquired a commitment that forces us to revalidate day by day the spirit, the enthusiasm and the effort of the entire Balfegó team with this common purpose.”

Source: BDI - Balfegó (Translated from the original in Spanish)

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