The judges said: “Regin has worked tirelessly to tranform a sector that really needed changing. He has innovated and gone well beyond just improving his own company; also entering the political debate to drive long-lasting change through a number of wide-ranging acitivities”
On 3 February, edie Sustainability Leaders Awards was held. This is the biggest award show within sustainability in Great Britain, and many of the world’s leading companies participate in the awards. Among the participants this year were companies like Nestlé, PepsiCo, Vodafone, Heineken, Virgin, CocaCola and Starbucks.
This year, Bakkafrost was nominated for two awards. The biogas plant FØRKA was nominated in the category “Circular Economy Innovation of the Year”, and CEO Regin Jacobsen was nominated in the category “Business Leader of the Year”. At the awards, Regin Jacobsen was announced winner of “Business Leader of the Year 2021”. The judges said:
“Regin has worked tirelessly to transform a sector that really needed changing. He has innovated and gone well beyond just improving his own company; also entering the political debate to drive long-lasting change through a number of wide-ranging activities”.
Regin Jacobsen is happy and very humble about the award and stresses that this is an acknowledgment of the achievements of the employees and the managers at Bakkafrost.
“All credit goes to the employees at Bakkafrost, who go above and beyond to make a difference, and that I, as CEO of Bakkafrost, am recognized for with this award. With great perseverance, the employees have implemented effective measures towards an even more sustainable production and product. Teamwork is required to achieve the ambitious goals that we have set. Nobody achieves anything on his own. A company with our size requires talented and skilled employees to achieve goals as these”.
Although Bakkafrost has implemented various measures in recent years, Regin Jacobsen states that there is still a lot of potential within sustainability.
“We have the potential to implement various effective measures. We have already implemented some; however, we have even more in pipeline which we work on continuously. We are very fortunate to have employees, who are capable and willing to adapt to change, which is a prerequisite in order to implement measures regarding sustainability. Also, we are very fortunate to work with a healthy product that the world needs. Thus, we have a unique opportunity to take our share of responsibility to grow sustainable food systems by producing sustainable and superior quality salmon”.