Benchmark was founded upon the need to build a sustainable food chain
Sustainability is part of our DNA and we believe business can be a force for good. Wherever we work in the world, we are committed to conducting ourselves in an ethical manner and acting with integrity, safeguarding society and the world in which we work now and in the future.
What we mean by sustainability
Benchmark’s definition of sustainability encompasses economic sustainability as well as caring for, and making improvements for people, animals and the environment.
Rising to the challenge
Faced with a growing global population but finite natural resources there is an urgent need to increase the productivity and efficiency of aquaculture, to create a healthy and sustainable source of protein.
Oceans cover 70% of the world’s surface but only produce 2% of our food, making a compelling case for the growth and potential of the aquaculture sector. Through our focus on innovation and technology, we are ideally positioned to contribute towards the development of a more sustainable future for aquaculture.
As well as supporting the growth and sustainability of our customers’ businesses in over 70 countries, we believe in cross industry collaboration and work closely with customers, industry partners and stakeholders – such as the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI). By working in this way, we are able to inform and influence industry standards for the better.
Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (the “Goals”)
There is a great deal of alignment between our work and the aspirations of the Goals. Benchmark directly and indirectly contributes to the delivery of a number of them, in particular, Life below Water, which runs through everything we do, including:
- Improving fish genetics to increase yield, quality and health.
- Providing advanced nutrition to enhance fish growth and health thereby contributing to a sustainable source of protein to feed a growing population.
- Developing health products and solutions that reduce waste from disease or sub-optimal production;
- Investing in research, development and innovation to solve the most pressing challenges to achieving greater sustainability
Benchmark's Sustainability Programe
We believe that by integrating our sustainability initiatives within our business and across the sectors we serve, we can create happier people, give animals a life worth living and contribute to a healthier planet. Our Sustainability Programme consists of five programme areas; Being Well, Animal Health and Welfare, Communities, Environment and Leadership.