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The 350 companies assessed in the 2021 Food and Agriculture Benchmark span the entirety of the food and agriculture value chain. The ranking encompasses companies active in the agricultural input, agricultural products and commodities, animal protein, processing and manufacturing, retail and food service segments.

Unilever tops the 2021 Food and Agriculture Benchmark, followed by Nestlé and Danone. The top ten is made up of fertiliser company OCP (fourth), brewing and beverage companies Anheuser-Busch Inbev (fifth) and Diageo (ninth), food and beverage processor Pepsico (sixth), retailer Tesco (seventh), dairy cooperative Fonterra (eight) and the ingredients company Firmenich (tenth). Notably, the top ten includes companies from all benchmark segments except for food service, demonstrating that companies from across the value chain are showing leadership on sustainable development issues in the food system.

While companies at the top of the ranking demonstrate that they are meeting societal expectations on a variety of topics, the overall average benchmark performance is low. Almost two-thirds of the companies in scope fail to obtain a quarter of total scores, demonstrating significant room for improvement across all measurement areas. Animal protein producers are over-represented in this group, with less than one in five companies meeting this basic threshold, followed by food servicers. However, companies in all segments can improve when it comes to addressing their environmental impact, improving nutrition and disclosing commitments to respect human rights.

Looking at average scores by segment, the overall best performance in the benchmark is by food retailers, closely followed by food and beverage processors and agricultural input companies. However, given that the average score in all segments falls below the 25 point threshold, there is a clear need for companies from across the value chain to improve their performance on sustainability issues. Currently, the world’s most influential companies are falling a long way short when it comes to their contribution to transforming the food system.

Ranking table

Total score out of 100 Governance and strategy out of 10 Environment out of 30 Nutrition out of 30 Social inclusion out of 30
1 Unilever
Total score 71.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 10.0 / 10
Environment 20.5 / 30
Nutrition 17.5 / 30
Social inclusion 23.7 / 30
2 Nestlé
Total score 68.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 20.0 / 30
Nutrition 18.8 / 30
Social inclusion 22.2 / 30
3 Danone
Total score 63.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 8.3 / 10
Environment 22.5 / 30
Nutrition 16.3 / 30
Social inclusion 16.5 / 30
4 OCP
Total score 56.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 18.8 / 30
Nutrition 15.0 / 30
Social inclusion 15.6 / 30
5 Anheuser-Busch InBev
Total score 55.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 20.4 / 30
Nutrition 13.5 / 30
Social inclusion 14.7 / 30
6 PepsiCo
Total score 54.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 9.2 / 10
Environment 18.4 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 16.9 / 30
7 Tesco
Total score 53.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 16.9 / 30
Nutrition 12.5 / 30
Social inclusion 19.2 / 30
8 Fonterra
Total score 53.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 9.2 / 10
Environment 15.7 / 30
Nutrition 17.5 / 30
Social inclusion 11.2 / 30
9 Diageo
Total score 53.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 10.0 / 10
Environment 18.2 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 17.2 / 30
10 Firmenich
Total score 52.3 / 100
Governance and strategy 9.2 / 10
Environment 13.1 / 30
Nutrition 16.9 / 30
Social inclusion 13.2 / 30
11 Kellogg's
Total score 50.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 17.0 / 30
Nutrition 8.8 / 30
Social inclusion 16.8 / 30
12 Coles Group
Total score 49.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 12.5 / 30
Nutrition 11.3 / 30
Social inclusion 19.2 / 30
13 The Coca-Cola Company
Total score 47.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 14.3 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 15.7 / 30
14 Arla Foods
Total score 46.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 13.0 / 30
Nutrition 13.8 / 30
Social inclusion 13.2 / 30
15 UPL
Total score 45.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 11.8 / 30
Nutrition 15.0 / 30
Social inclusion 12.7 / 30
16 Kerry Group
Total score 45.3 / 100
Governance and strategy 8.3 / 10
Environment 12.3 / 30
Nutrition 8.8 / 30
Social inclusion 15.9 / 30
17 Sainsbury's
Total score 44.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 15.0 / 30
Nutrition 15.0 / 30
Social inclusion 12.1 / 30
18 Heineken
Total score 44.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 12.9 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 17.1 / 30
19 Orkla
Total score 43.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 8.3 / 10
Environment 15.0 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 10.5 / 30
20 Carrefour
Total score 43.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 14.4 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 14.2 / 30
- DSM
Total score 43.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 8.3 / 10
Environment 11.3 / 30
Nutrition 13.1 / 30
Social inclusion 10.7 / 30
22 FrieslandCampina
Total score 43.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 8.3 / 10
Environment 8.8 / 30
Nutrition 15.0 / 30
Social inclusion 11.3 / 30
- Olam International
Total score 43.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 10.2 / 30
Nutrition 11.3 / 30
Social inclusion 15.2 / 30
24 Ahold Delhaize
Total score 43.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 8.3 / 10
Environment 11.3 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 13.4 / 30
25 The Hershey Company
Total score 42.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 11.6 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 18.8 / 30
26 Bayer
Total score 42.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 14.1 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 11.7 / 30
27 Syngenta Group
Total score 42.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 17.1 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 10.1 / 30
- Wilmar International
Total score 42.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 6.8 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 18.7 / 30
29 General Mills
Total score 41.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 13.8 / 30
Nutrition 8.8 / 30
Social inclusion 12.7 / 30
30 Sodexo
Total score 41.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 13.1 / 30
Nutrition 8.8 / 30
Social inclusion 13.7 / 30
31 Kirin Holdings
Total score 41.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 8.3 / 10
Environment 15.0 / 30
Nutrition 6.0 / 30
Social inclusion 11.7 / 30
- Woolworths Group
Total score 41.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 11.9 / 30
Nutrition 12.5 / 30
Social inclusion 12.5 / 30
33 BASF
Total score 40.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 11.3 / 30
Nutrition 12.5 / 30
Social inclusion 11.3 / 30
34 Keurig Dr Pepper
Total score 40.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 14.1 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 11.4 / 30
35 Mondelez International
Total score 39.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 12.3 / 30
Nutrition 8.8 / 30
Social inclusion 13.0 / 30
36 Yara
Total score 39.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 8.8 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 14.3 / 30
37 Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
Total score 39.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 15.0 / 30
Nutrition 5.6 / 30
Social inclusion 14.0 / 30
- Campbell's
Total score 39.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 13.8 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 9.2 / 30
39 Grupo Bimbo
Total score 39.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 10.9 / 30
Nutrition 15.0 / 30
Social inclusion 11.0 / 30
40 Nueva Pescanova
Total score 39.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 12.0 / 30
Nutrition 13.8 / 30
Social inclusion 7.5 / 30
41 Walmart
Total score 39.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 13.8 / 30
Nutrition 6.3 / 30
Social inclusion 11.5 / 30
42 Molson Coors
Total score 38.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 20.4 / 30
Nutrition 4.5 / 30
Social inclusion 8.9 / 30
43 Ferrero
Total score 38.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 9.5 / 30
Nutrition 8.8 / 30
Social inclusion 15.4 / 30
44 Mars
Total score 38.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 10.6 / 30
Nutrition 17.5 / 30
Social inclusion 7.2 / 30
45 CNH Industrial
Total score 38.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 12.9 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 11.5 / 30
- Kroger
Total score 38.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 14.4 / 30
Nutrition 8.8 / 30
Social inclusion 7.9 / 30
47 Wm Morrison Supermarkets
Total score 38.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 13.8 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 8.8 / 30
48 Jeronimo Martins
Total score 38.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 13.1 / 30
Nutrition 8.8 / 30
Social inclusion 8.7 / 30
49 Pernod Ricard
Total score 37.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 13.9 / 30
Nutrition 6.0 / 30
Social inclusion 11.7 / 30
- Tate & Lyle
Total score 37.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 14.1 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 9.2 / 30
51 Aldi South Group
Total score 37.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 11.9 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 11.2 / 30
52 Aldi Nord
Total score 36.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 10.6 / 30
Nutrition 8.8 / 30
Social inclusion 11.7 / 30
53 Givaudan
Total score 36.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 11.3 / 30
Nutrition 5.6 / 30
Social inclusion 12.3 / 30
54 Meiji
Total score 36.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 13.0 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 8.2 / 30
55 McCain Foods
Total score 36.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 15.9 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 7.7 / 30
- Thai Union Group
Total score 36.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 8.3 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 17.0 / 30
57 Mowi
Total score 36.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 15.0 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 8.5 / 30
58 Kraft Heinz
Total score 35.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 10.0 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 8.4 / 30
59 Charoen Pokphand Group
Total score 35.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 9.4 / 30
Nutrition 6.3 / 30
Social inclusion 12.1 / 30
60 Sumitomo Chemical
Total score 34.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 11.8 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 8.0 / 30
61 Asahi Group
Total score 34.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 11.3 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 13.2 / 30
62 Hormel Foods
Total score 34.3 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 10.2 / 30
Nutrition 8.8 / 30
Social inclusion 7.8 / 30
63 Novozymes
Total score 33.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 11.8 / 30
Nutrition 5.6 / 30
Social inclusion 9.7 / 30
64 Metro AG
Total score 33.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 13.8 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 8.9 / 30
65 Fuji Oil Holdings
Total score 33.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 8.9 / 30
Nutrition 6.3 / 30
Social inclusion 12.5 / 30
- Nutrien
Total score 33.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 12.5 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 9.2 / 30
67 Corteva Agriscience
Total score 33.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 12.9 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 5.2 / 30
- McDonald's
Total score 33.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 11.3 / 30
Nutrition 6.3 / 30
Social inclusion 10.6 / 30
69 Zespri
Total score 32.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 9.6 / 30
Nutrition 15.0 / 30
Social inclusion 4.9 / 30
70 Groupe Casino
Total score 32.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 10.0 / 30
Nutrition 6.3 / 30
Social inclusion 13.2 / 30
71 Deere & Co
Total score 32.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 16.1 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 7.5 / 30
72 Schwarz Gruppe (Kaufland, Lidl)
Total score 32.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 6.9 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 11.5 / 30
73 ICL
Total score 32.3 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 10.0 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 8.2 / 30
74 Cargill
Total score 32.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 11.9 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 8.7 / 30
75 Tiger Brands
Total score 31.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 8.9 / 30
Nutrition 8.8 / 30
Social inclusion 10.2 / 30
76 Rewe Group
Total score 31.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 8.1 / 30
Nutrition 8.8 / 30
Social inclusion 12.3 / 30
77 Carlsberg
Total score 31.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 6.7 / 10
Environment 10.7 / 30
Nutrition 6.0 / 30
Social inclusion 8.2 / 30
- Compass Group
Total score 31.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 7.5 / 30
Nutrition 6.3 / 30
Social inclusion 10.2 / 30
79 Symrise
Total score 31.3 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 11.3 / 30
Nutrition 5.6 / 30
Social inclusion 8.6 / 30
80 PhosAgro
Total score 30.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 10.0 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 6.7 / 30
81 Bonduelle
Total score 30.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 11.3 / 30
Nutrition 6.3 / 30
Social inclusion 7.4 / 30
82 Thai Beverage
Total score 30.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 9.4 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 10.1 / 30
83 BayWa
Total score 30.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 9.4 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 7.8 / 30
84 Suntory
Total score 30.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 12.9 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 6.2 / 30
85 Sime Darby Plantation
Total score 30.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 6.6 / 30
Nutrition 5.6 / 30
Social inclusion 15.4 / 30
86 Mosaic
Total score 30.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 11.3 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 7.9 / 30
87 Tyson Foods
Total score 29.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 11.6 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 8.2 / 30
88 Associated British Foods
Total score 29.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 6.8 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 13.0 / 30
- ForFarmers
Total score 29.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 9.4 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 8.7 / 30
90 Ajinomoto Group
Total score 28.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 12.3 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 4.9 / 30
- Danish Crown
Total score 28.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 14.3 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 9.2 / 30
- Musim Mas
Total score 28.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 8.4 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 11.7 / 30
93 Mahindra and Mahindra
Total score 28.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 7.5 / 30
Nutrition 10.0 / 30
Social inclusion 8.0 / 30
94 Barilla
Total score 28.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 10.2 / 30