Benchmark was founded upon the need to build a sustainable food chain; sustainability is part of our DNA.
We believe business can be a force for good. 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.
Faced with a growing global population but finite natural resources to call upon there is an urgent need to increase the productivity and efficiency of aquaculture, creating a healthy and sustainable source of protein.
Oceans cover 70% of the world’s surface but only produce 2% of our food, making aquaculture the fastest growing form of protein production.
As well as supporting the growth and sustainability of our customers’ businesses in over 70 countries, we work closely with industry partners and stakeholders – such as the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) – to inform and influence worldwide industry standards to ensure best practice is implemented as widely as possible.
In 2017, we appointed a Group Sustainability Director, a Sustainability Working Group and a PLC Board Sustainability Committee to increase the ambition and impact of our sustainability work. Find out more about the work of our committees.
Benchmark’s sustainability framework places equal value on ethics, environment and economics. We call this the 3Es of sustainability.
Sustainability is not a simple standard or a tick-box. It is not a set path. It is defined with every step we take and redefined as we learn more. It is never something we have done or achieved, for its results are always in the future.
Our approach is anchored in practical, on the ground experience — from the farm to the Boardroom. We understand the challenges and we identify the best, leading-edge science and practices to address those challenges. Our framework places equal value on ethics, environment and economics.
The ‘3 Es’ provides a framework from which we are able to pursue our commercial interests in a manner that ensures consideration and respect for:
- Our people and partners
- The animals under our care
- The communities and environments in which we operate
- Our impact on the planet