This measurement area looks at how seafood companies respect and protect the human rights and working conditions of workers in their operations and provide access to effective remedies.

Charoen Pokphand Foods tops the benchmark in human rights and working conditions, followed by Thai Union Group, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mowi and Nueva Pescanova. The two Thai companies in the benchmark reinforce their government’s efforts to prevent and eliminate labour exploitation in the seafood industry. Charoen Pokphand Foods and Thai Union Group both identify risks to human and labour rights, as well as remediate potential adverse human rights impacts that may result from their own operations or through activities in their supply chains. By working with trade and staff unions, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mowi, Nueva Pescanova lead the benchmark in their efforts to respect employees’ freedom of association and right to collective bargaining. Important issues that most companies in the benchmark fail to address are paying a living wage, disclosing their approaches to reporting potential human rights violations and providing details of remedial actions. While a few companies depend on industry collaboration for supply chain oversight, for example by the Seafood Task Force, the leading companies in this measurement area surpass industry initiatives and formulate their own commitments to responsible supply chain management. A majority of companies in the benchmark display efforts to improve health and safety in their operations, though only a few have measures in place to maintain health and safety standards across their supply chains. Furthermore, efforts to encourage gender balance and promote career progression for women are mixed, leaving a large scope for improvement.

Ranking overview

30 companies

Total score out of 5 Governance and management of stewardship practices out of 5 Stewardship of the supply chain out of 5 Ecosystems out of 5 Human rights and working conditions out of 5 Local communities out of 5
1 Charoen Pokphand Foods
Total score 2.32 /5
Human rights and working conditions 2.05
Governance and management of stewardship practices 3.92
Stewardship of the supply chain 3.92
Ecosystems 1.58
Human rights and working conditions 2.05
Local communities 0.74
2 Thai Union Group
Total score 2.70 /5
Human rights and working conditions 1.92
Governance and management of stewardship practices 4.59
Stewardship of the supply chain 3.30
Ecosystems 2.55
Human rights and working conditions 1.92
Local communities 2.05
3 Mitsubishi Corporation
Total score 1.79 /5
Human rights and working conditions 1.87
Governance and management of stewardship practices 1.63
Stewardship of the supply chain 2.10
Ecosystems 1.70
Human rights and working conditions 1.87
Local communities 1.43
4 Mowi
Total score 2.42 /5
Human rights and working conditions 1.75
Governance and management of stewardship practices 3.55
Stewardship of the supply chain 3.02
Ecosystems 2.46
Human rights and working conditions 1.75
Local communities 1.64
5 Nueva Pescanova
Total score 2.04 /5
Human rights and working conditions 1.66
Governance and management of stewardship practices 3.71
Stewardship of the supply chain 2.59
Ecosystems 1.53
Human rights and working conditions 1.66
Local communities 1.95
6 Dongwon Group
Total score 1.17 /5
Human rights and working conditions 1.52
Governance and management of stewardship practices 2.37
Stewardship of the supply chain 0.88
Ecosystems 1.01
Human rights and working conditions 1.52
Local communities 0.25
7 Marubeni Corporation
Total score 0.87 /5
Human rights and working conditions 1.42
Governance and management of stewardship practices 1.07
Stewardship of the supply chain 0.83
Ecosystems 0.48
Human rights and working conditions 1.42
Local communities 0.75
8 Cargill Aqua Nutrition
Total score 1.87 /5
Human rights and working conditions 1.19
Governance and management of stewardship practices 3.15
Stewardship of the supply chain 2.91
Ecosystems 1.63
Human rights and working conditions 1.19
Local communities 1.08
- Parlevliet & Van der Plas
Total score 1.72 /5
Human rights and working conditions 1.19
Governance and management of stewardship practices 2.17
Stewardship of the supply chain 1.65
Ecosystems 2.26
Human rights and working conditions 1.19
Local communities 0.85
- Royal Greenland
Total score 1.33 /5
Human rights and working conditions 1.19
Governance and management of stewardship practices 1.63
Stewardship of the supply chain 1.72
Ecosystems 1.20
Human rights and working conditions 1.19
Local communities 1.08
11 Austevoll Seafood ASA
Total score 1.70 /5
Human rights and working conditions 1.05
Governance and management of stewardship practices 2.20
Stewardship of the supply chain 1.80
Ecosystems 2.20
Human rights and working conditions 1.05
Local communities 0.85
12 BioMar Group
Total score 2.22 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.94
Governance and management of stewardship practices 3.92
Stewardship of the supply chain 3.49
Ecosystems 2.53
Human rights and working conditions 0.94
Local communities 0.07
13 Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui)
Total score 1.19 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.80
Governance and management of stewardship practices 3.40
Stewardship of the supply chain 1.62
Ecosystems 0.83
Human rights and working conditions 0.80
Local communities 0.38
14 Maruha Nichiro
Total score 0.83 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.78
Governance and management of stewardship practices 1.71
Stewardship of the supply chain 1.11
Ecosystems 0.65
Human rights and working conditions 0.78
Local communities 0.13
- Nutreco (Skretting)
Total score 1.86 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.78
Governance and management of stewardship practices 3.71
Stewardship of the supply chain 2.08
Ecosystems 2.06
Human rights and working conditions 0.78
Local communities 1.59
16 SalMar
Total score 1.50 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.73
Governance and management of stewardship practices 1.84
Stewardship of the supply chain 1.70
Ecosystems 2.19
Human rights and working conditions 0.73
Local communities 0.25
17 Nomad Foods
Total score 1.51 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.72
Governance and management of stewardship practices 3.30
Stewardship of the supply chain 2.47
Ecosystems 1.37
Human rights and working conditions 0.72
Local communities 0.25
18 Kyokuyo
Total score 0.76 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.71
Governance and management of stewardship practices 1.71
Stewardship of the supply chain 0.37
Ecosystems 0.84
Human rights and working conditions 0.71
Local communities 0.47
19 Tri Marine Group
Total score 1.19 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.51
Governance and management of stewardship practices 1.00
Stewardship of the supply chain 1.05
Ecosystems 2.05
Human rights and working conditions 0.51
Local communities 0.32
20 FCF Co., LTD.
Total score 1.53 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.46
Governance and management of stewardship practices 2.65
Stewardship of the supply chain 1.73
Ecosystems 2.09
Human rights and working conditions 0.46
Local communities 0.70
21 Wales Group (Sea Value & Sea Wealth)
Total score 0.34 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.40
Governance and management of stewardship practices 0.10
Stewardship of the supply chain 0.37
Ecosystems 0.45
Human rights and working conditions 0.40
Local communities 0.00
22 Bumble Bee Foods
Total score 1.27 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.36
Governance and management of stewardship practices 1.50
Stewardship of the supply chain 2.04
Ecosystems 1.67
Human rights and working conditions 0.36
Local communities 0.38
23 Labeyrie Fine Foods
Total score 1.36 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.29
Governance and management of stewardship practices 1.09
Stewardship of the supply chain 1.61
Ecosystems 2.44
Human rights and working conditions 0.29
Local communities 0.00
24 High Liner Foods
Total score 0.84 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.23
Governance and management of stewardship practices 1.54
Stewardship of the supply chain 1.13
Ecosystems 1.09
Human rights and working conditions 0.23
Local communities 0.13
25 Cooke
Total score 0.41 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.12
Governance and management of stewardship practices 0.42
Stewardship of the supply chain 0.20
Ecosystems 0.64
Human rights and working conditions 0.12
Local communities 0.69
26 Pacific Seafood Group
Total score 0.49 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.08
Governance and management of stewardship practices 0.25
Stewardship of the supply chain 1.29
Ecosystems 0.46
Human rights and working conditions 0.08
Local communities 0.25
27 Red Chamber Group
Total score 0.23 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.04
Governance and management of stewardship practices 0.25
Stewardship of the supply chain 0.55
Ecosystems 0.23
Human rights and working conditions 0.04
Local communities 0.00
28 Shanghai Fisheries Group Co., LTD.
Total score 0.06 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.00
Governance and management of stewardship practices 0.10
Stewardship of the supply chain 0.00
Ecosystems 0.14
Human rights and working conditions 0.00
Local communities 0.00
- Trident Seafoods
Total score 0.23 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.00
Governance and management of stewardship practices 0.25
Stewardship of the supply chain 0.20
Ecosystems 0.41
Human rights and working conditions 0.00
Local communities 0.25
- Yokohama Reito (Yokorei)
Total score 0.12 /5
Human rights and working conditions 0.00
Governance and management of stewardship practices 0.00
Stewardship of the supply chain 0.27
Ecosystems 0.00
Human rights and working conditions 0.00
Local communities 0.63