Contribution to sustainable development

Aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda

At the Nueva Pescanova Group we recognize the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a relevant guide to help meeting the challenges of sustainable development.

The 2030 Agenda defines the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and explicitly recognize the role of the private sector as an engine of productivity, inclusive economic growth, and job creation.

In this sense, we work to align our business strategy with the 2030 Agenda, to measure our contribution to the SDGs, and therefore promoting a positive impact to all around us.


UN Global Compact

As participating members of the Spanish Global Compact Network we have joined the voluntary Global Compact initiative of the United Nations to implement universal principles of sustainability and take measures in support of the UN objectives.

We have signed and adopted the 10 Principles of the Global Compact regarding Human Rights, Labour Rights, Environment and Fight against Corruption, and incorporating them into our strategy, governance and daily actions. Therefore, we establish a culture of integrity that compels us to achieve our basic responsibilities towards the people and the planet.

These 10 Principles are derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Declaration of the International Labour Organization on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.


Sustainable Ocean Principles

We are aware of the responsibility shared among companies to take the necessary actions to ensure a healthy and productive ocean. That is why we have adhered to the Sustainable Ocean Principles, with the aim of promoting the well-being of the ocean for present and future generations.

We make these 9 principles part of our strategy, and we share the 5 goals for a healthy and productive ocean, in particular regarding sustainable seafood, for which we work to bring to market full traceability for all our seafood products. with the PESCANOVA brand, whether they come from fishing or aquaculture, from our own production or from third-party suppliers.

We have joined the Global Dialogue Seafood Traceability (GDST) in October 2020, and we have adopted their GDST 1.0 standard for immediate and progressive implementation in our products until the end of 2024. We are working with IBM in the implementation of the standard in their IBM Food Trust platform.


Climate ambition

We share the UN Global Compact’s vision that we are facing a climate emergency with irreversible impacts for the people and the natural systems that sustain us, and we echo the call of the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, to all parties interested in building “a truly global coalition for carbon neutrality by 2050” and forging a more sustainable and equitable world.

For this reason, we have adhered to the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and UN Global Compact, by signing our commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. We launched a decarbonization plan to improve our energy efficiency, move towards consuming renewable and cleaner energy, and in reducing our GHG emissions.


Sustainable finances

We have joined the Global Compact’s CFO Taskforce for the SDGs – a multisectoral global platform for dialogue between the Chief Financial Officers of various responsible companies, whose objective is to promote innovative strategies to mobilize sustainable finance and scalable investments to achieve the SDGs.

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Contribution to sustainable development

We are convinced of the role the SDGs play in society and economy to improve the environment and the quality of life of people. We have contributed with creative and innovative solutions with a positive impact for sustainable development. Learn about some of our Good Practices on a dedicated platform in the Spanish Network of Global Compact.

At the Nueva Pescanova Group we contribute to the 17 SDGs with our responsible actions throughout the Group’s companies in various countries. In our Responsible Action Programme (RAP) we identify the actions and projects we promote or implement and quantify the impact of their contribution to the SDGs, in our:

  • Fishing companies, in Argentina (Argenova), Mozambique (Pescamar) and Namibia (Novanam).
  • Aquaculture farms, in Ecuador (Promarisco), Guatemala (Novaguatemala), Nicaragua (Camanica), and Spain (Insuiña).
  • Seafood processing companies, in Ireland (Eiranova), Peru (Novaperu), and Spain (Pescanova España), the latter with five industrial centres.
  • Commercial Offices, in Brazil (Pescanova Brasil), United States (Pescanova USA), France (Nueva Pescanova France), Greece (Pescanova Hellas), Italy (Pescanova Italia), Portugal (Pescanova Portugal), South Africa (Pescanova South Africa), and Spain (Pescanova España).

The Nueva Pescanova Group contributes significantly to SDGs 8, 9 and 12. To read in detail our contribution to the SDGs through documented actions and projects, download the Nueva Pescanova Group’s Contribution to Sustainable Development Reports from 2020 (18 countries), 2019 (8 countries) and 2018 (4 countries), or by clicking on the map below.

Number of CSR actions documented in 2019 impacting on the 17 SDGs of the UN 2030 Agenda in the 8 countries analysed in which the Nueva Pescanova Group operates

Sustainable Development Goals

Our corporate responsibility strategy adopts a firm commitment to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) (Download HERE the main CSR Projects of the Nueva Pescanova Group classified by SDGs).

Our actions have a greater impact on OBJECTIVE 8 (Decent work and economic growth), OBJECTIVE 12 (Responsible production and consumption) and OBJECTIVE 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure).

OBJECTIVE 8: Decent work and economic growth


The private sector has a decisive role in this goal, since it is the key actor in the promotion of decent, inclusive, and sustainable employment, to achieve fair and prosperous societies. We work from an equality perspective in terms of gender, age, race, or condition, and in the training of ‘our people’ to promote the improvement of their abilities.

In our projects and actions:

  • We are committed to labour responsibility, promoting 100% legal, fair, and decent employment.
  • We fully comply with the applicable labour regulations, banning all forms of modern slavery, and forced or child labour.
  • We facilitate the freedom of association and promote full employment for all, through inclusion policies for people with different abilities and inclusion programmes of vulnerable groups.
  • Transversally to every company of the Nueva Pescanova Group, we implement programmes on occupational health and safety, prevention of work-related accidents, equality, diversity, identity and corporate culture, personal and professional development, and talent management.

We invest in the technological modernization and innovation in processes and equipment to boost economic growth and productivity.

OBJECTIVE 12: Responsible production and consumption


Efficiency means generating the highest productivity with the lowest exploitation of resources, reducing the environmental degradation and pollution while achieving a better quality of life.

Our projects:

  • We have certified the production processes aiming at continuous improvement and implemented technological improvements to achieve a more sustainable and efficient resources management.
  • We manage the waste responsibly, reducing chemical and biological pollution, controlling emissions to the atmosphere and water, and promoting circular economy practices through valorisation solutions.
  • We seek cooperation between all participants in the supply chain.

OBJECTIVE 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure


We invest in new technologies and efficient equipment, promoting the rational and sustainable use of natural resources as well as the adoption of new cleaner and improved industrial processes and logistics to achieve more effectiveness and efficiency.

In our projects and actions:

  • We have certified our facilities, equipment, processes, and people to guarantee the highest degree of quality, food safety, traceability, sustainability, and efficiency.
  • We continuously invest in technological modernization and in the innovation of processes, equipment, and products to implement more sustainable solutions, using resources more efficiently with cleaner technologies and processes