More and more, sustainability is on the minds of consumers. While plenty of companies are scrambling to make their operations more sustainable, Vinh Foods has never done it any other way. Sustainability is a key principle on which our business was founded.
From the beginning, we were determined to not just to meet the most rigorous global requirements, but to exceed them in every area, including food safety, labeling, traceability, environmental protection, and social responsibility.
It’s not just talk—you can see it in our accomplishments. To start, we meet or exceed the health and safety standards of over 30 different markets around the world. That, in and of itself, is testament to our process. What’s more, Vinh Foods has also earned every major international certification in our industry.
Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)
Vinh Foods was the first pangasius company in Vietnam to obtain ASC certification, which focuses on the cornerstones of farming: environmental protection, community factors, food safety, and traceability.
Global Good Aquaculture Practices (GlobalGAP)
Vinh Foods achieved GlobalGAP certification in 2010. GlobalGAP is a farming standard developed by FoodPlus — a leading retail group in Europe — which was established to set safety and sustainability standards for agricultural products all over the world with the aim of building customers’ trust in food safety through good agricultural practices. GlobalGAP covers food safety, traceability, staff safety and health, and environmental protection.
Vinh Foods achieved AquaGAP certification in 2009. AquaGAP ensures transparency of origin, quality at each stage of production. It also attests to good aquaculture farming practices, which serve to maintain or improve the health of surrounding ecosystems. In addition, it represents adherence to principles of corporate social responsibility and a commitment toward local communities.
Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)
BAP was developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and is managed by the Aquaculture Certification Council (ACC). BAP certification ensures food safety, environmental protection, traceability, animal welfare, and social responsibility. In 2015, Vinh Hoan became the first organization in the world to be certified BAP 4 Stars for our hatcheries, feed production, pangasius aquaculture, and processing.
British Retail Consortium (BRC)
BRC initially developed its Global Standard for Food Safety in order to help the food industry meet legislative requirements of the EU General Product Safety Directive and the UK Food Safety Act, but it has since become recognized as a global standard.
International Food Standard, Version 4
The IFS Food Standard is a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) recognized standard for auditing food manufacturers. The focus is on food safety and the quality of processes and products. It concerns food processing companies and companies that pack loose food products.
ISO 9001: Quality Management
ISO 9001 specifies requirements for a quality management system when an organization wishes to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
ISO 14001: Environmental Management
ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system that can be then certified. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. The focus for Vinh Hoan is on our wastewater management systems.