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Companies included in the animal proteins segment are those with direct farming or fishing operations for livestock, poultry, dairy and/or seafood (including aquaculture) species, inclusive of slaughtering and processing activities.

The animal proteins segment includes 92 companies. Four of these companies reach the top 25 of the benchmark; dairy cooperatives Fonterra, Arla Foods and FrieslandCampina and agribusiness Olam International. These companies demonstrate particular leadership on governance and strategy, where they disclose sustainability strategies and high-level accountability, and in nutrition, with commitments and activities designed to improve the availability, accessibility and affordability of healthy foods. The remainder of the top ten in this segment is comprised of diversified agribusinesses Jeronimo Martins (sixth) and Charoen Pokphand (tenth), seafood companies Nueva Pescanova (fifth), Thai Union Group (eighth) and Mowi (ninth), and dairy company Meiji (seventh).

Despite evidence of leadership among companies in this segment, their overall performance ranks as the lowest in the benchmark, attributable to a widespread lack of disclosure on many key issues. This includes animal welfare, protection of natural terrestrial habitats and water use (environment), availability of healthy foods and responsible marketing (nutrition) and health and safety of vulnerable groups (social inclusion), where on each topic over half of the companies within the segment disclose no relevant information. Furthermore, on high risks topics such as forced labour, only two companies (Thai Union Group and Boparan Holdings) demonstrate leadership. Although some companies demonstrate qualitative efforts to diversify proteins within their product portfolios, few accompany these with time-bound targets to drive accountability and demonstrate leadership.

While most companies in the segment disclose sustainability objectives or strategies, many are failing to operationalise and implement these, with companies across all of the relevant industries demonstrating clear room for improvement across all measurement areas. This is particularly true for livestock and poultry companies, who lack leadership in this segment in the same way as peers from the dairy and seafood industries exhibit.

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 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
2 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
3 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
5 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
6 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
7 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
8 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
9 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
10 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
11 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
12 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
13 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
14 Itochu
Total score 27.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 8.8 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 8.7 / 30
15 Austevoll Seafood
Total score 26.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 11.3 / 30
Nutrition 5.6 / 30
Social inclusion 5.0 / 30
16 BRF
Total score 26.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 9.5 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 8.3 / 30
17 Vinamilk
Total score 25.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 6.1 / 30
Nutrition 8.8 / 30
Social inclusion 5.7 / 30
18 Avril Group
Total score 24.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 11.9 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 7.7 / 30
- Uni-President
Total score 24.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 8.3 / 10
Environment 4.8 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 6.5 / 30
20 Mitsui
Total score 23.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 6.3 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 11.7 / 30
21 Minerva
Total score 23.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 8.9 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 8.2 / 30
22 Sanderson Farms
Total score 23.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 1.7 / 10
Environment 3.4 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 10.6 / 30
23 Marfrig
Total score 22.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 10.9 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 4.7 / 30
24 BioMar
Total score 22.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 8.3 / 30
Nutrition 1.9 / 30
Social inclusion 8.0 / 30
25 MHP
Total score 22.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 4.8 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 8.2 / 30
26 Vion
Total score 21.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 8.2 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 4.2 / 30
27 Perdue Farms
Total score 21.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 9.8 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 4.2 / 30
28 JBS
Total score 20.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 8.9 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 6.2 / 30
29 Boparan Holdings (2 Sisters Food Group)
Total score 20.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Environment 8.8 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 7.2 / 30
30 Parlevliet & Van der Plas
Total score 19.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 6.8 / 30
Nutrition 7.5 / 30
Social inclusion 2.0 / 30
31 LDC Groupe
Total score 19.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 6.8 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 4.8 / 30
32 Mitsubishi Corporation
Total score 18.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 6.9 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 5.8 / 30
- Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui)
Total score 18.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Environment 3.8 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 3.5 / 30
34 Savencia
Total score 18.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 8.1 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 4.0 / 30
35 Saputo
Total score 18.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 7.5 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 4.0 / 30
36 China Mengniu Dairy
Total score 18.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 6.1 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 2.8 / 30
37 Nichirei
Total score 17.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 5.0 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 4.9 / 30
38 Maruha Nichiro
Total score 17.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Environment 3.1 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 4.4 / 30
39 WH Group
Total score 16.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 4.8 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 1.8 / 30
40 DMK (Deutsches Milchkontor)
Total score 16.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 6.8 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 5.5 / 30
- Sucden
Total score 16.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 7.5 / 30
Nutrition 1.9 / 30
Social inclusion 4.2 / 30
42 Inghams
Total score 15.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 6.1 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 5.9 / 30
43 Marubeni Corporation
Total score 14.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 3.8 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 5.7 / 30
44 Megmilk Snow Brand
Total score 14.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 6.8 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 2.9 / 30
45 RCL Foods
Total score 14.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 6.1 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 1.0 / 30
46 Van Drie Group
Total score 13.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Environment 6.1 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 1.3 / 30
47 Muyuan Foods
Total score 13.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 3.4 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.8 / 30
48 PHW Group
Total score 12.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 6.8 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 1.5 / 30
49 Dairy Farmers of America
Total score 11.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 1.7 / 10
Environment 5.5 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 1.3 / 30
- Universal Robina
Total score 11.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 3.4 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 3.8 / 30
51 Land O'Lakes
Total score 10.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Environment 2.0 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 6.7 / 30
52 Danish Agro
Total score 10.3 / 100
Governance and strategy 1.7 / 10
Environment 1.4 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 3.5 / 30
- FCF Co., Ltd.
Total score 10.3 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 3.8 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 2.0 / 30
54 Bachoco
Total score 10.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Environment 1.4 / 30
Nutrition 5.0 / 30
Social inclusion 3.0 / 30
55 Kyokuyo
Total score 9.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Environment 5.0 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 1.5 / 30
56 Gruppo Veronesi
Total score 9.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 4.4 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 1.5 / 30
57 Starzen
Total score 8.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Environment 3.4 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
58 Yili Group
Total score 8.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Environment 0.6 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 3.0 / 30
59 San Miguel Food and Beverage
Total score 8.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.6 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 6.2 / 30
60 China Resources Holdings
Total score 7.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Environment 1.3 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 2.2 / 30
61 COFCO
Total score 7.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 1.9 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 1.7 / 30
62 Agropur
Total score 6.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 2.0 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 2.3 / 30
63 New Hope Group
Total score 6.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Environment 1.4 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 0.8 / 30
64 Gruppo Cremonini
Total score 6.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 3.1 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 2.0 / 30
65 Schreiber
Total score 6.3 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 4.8 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 1.5 / 30
66 Dongwon Enterprise
Total score 6.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 4.0 / 30
67 Trident Seafoods
Total score 6.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 1.5 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 2.0 / 30
68 Koch Foods
Total score 5.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 2.0 / 30
Nutrition 2.5 / 30
Social inclusion 1.0 / 30
- ZEN-NOH
Total score 5.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Environment 2.0 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 1.3 / 30
70 Terrena
Total score 5.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Environment 3.0 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
71 Toennies
Total score 5.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 1.7 / 10
Environment 2.0 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
72 Amul
Total score 4.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 3.8 / 30
Social inclusion 0.8 / 30
73 Grupo Lala
Total score 4.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 1.7 / 10
Environment 0.7 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 0.5 / 30
74 Pacific Seafood Group
Total score 3.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Environment 1.3 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 0.5 / 30
75 Groupe Bigard
Total score 3.3 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 2.0 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
76 Sodiaal
Total score 1.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 1.9 / 30
77 Alicorp
Total score 1.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 1.7 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
- Aurora Alimentos
Total score 1.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 1.3 / 30
Social inclusion 0.4 / 30
79 BetAgro
Total score 1.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 1.4 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
80 Itoham Yonekyu
Total score 1.3 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 1.3 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
81 EW Group
Total score 1.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 1.0 / 30
82 Cooke
Total score 0.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.8 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
- Suguna Foods
Total score 0.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.8 / 30
84 Harim Holdings
Total score 0.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.4 / 30
85 Beidahuang Group
Total score 0.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
- Bright Food Group
Total score 0.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
- Fujian Sunner Development Corporation
Total score 0.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
- OUG Holdings
Total score 0.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
- People's Food Holdings
Total score 0.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
- Red Chamber Group
Total score 0.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
- Tongwei
Total score 0.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30
- Wen's Foodstuff
Total score 0.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Environment 0.0 / 30
Nutrition 0.0 / 30
Social inclusion 0.0 / 30