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10 September 2019

Norwegian salmon ranked most sustainable among world’s largest protein producers

Benchmark are pleased to see that Norwegian aquaculture companies hold 4 out of the top 10 spots in the recently released 2019 Coller FAIRR Protein Index. Those in the top 10 include MOWI who topped the list (1st), closely followed by Lerøy (3rd), Grieg Seafood (6th) and Salmar (9th).

The Index ranked 60 of the world’s largest publicly listed protein producers, including meat, dairy and seafood, on how they perform against various risk factors relating to sustainability.

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The index ranks companies based on their disclosure and management of material, environmental and social risks and is the world’s only benchmark dedicated to profiling animal protein producers and showcasing critical gaps and areas of best practice. The main purpose of the report is to enable and support well-informed investment decisions in the protein sector.

In the report the Norwegian aquaculture companies perform well against most risk factors, which includes food safety, waste and pollution, working conditions, fresh-water use, antibiotics, animal welfare, greenhouse gas emission and deforestation and biodiversity loss.

Ruth Layton, Group Sustainability Director, Benchmark: 

“It’s great to see so many of our close customers and partners gaining recognition for their work to reduce environmental and ethical risks. There’s no recipe book for sustainability. It’s not a simple standard or a tick-box.

“We welcome initiatives like the Protein Producer Index. Greater transparency and continuous efforts to improve and document sustainability efforts are essential to driving progress. As an industry we need to keep pushing ourselves to do more, to collaborate and to think outside the box when it comes to solving the challenges that are fundamental to the future health of aquaculture and our planet”.

Read the full report here