This measurement area looks at how companies in the seafood industry consider the local communities in the areas where they operate and ensure that their operations are respecting the rights and benefiting the livelihoods of people living in the surrounding areas.

Thai Union Group ranks first in the benchmark’s measurement area for local communities, followed by Nueva Pescanova, Mowi, Nutreco (Skretting) and Mitsubishi Corporation. Thai Union Group, Nueva Pescanova and Nutreco (Skretting) demonstrate leading capacity building activities and seek to measure their impact on local communities as well as track progress. While most companies in the benchmark lack a commitment to respecting customary rights of local communities, Mitsubishi Corporation sets an example by complying with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Furthermore, although a majority of companies acknowledge the role of local communities, fewer companies disclose relevant information regarding how the rights of people living in surrounding areas are systematically taken into account and how these people could benefit from the company’s business activities. Moreover, commitments to adding value to the local communities are limited, with only a few companies demonstrating how local employees and/or businesses are involved in their operations.

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 Thai Union Group
Total score 2.70 /5
Local communities 2.05
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
2 Nueva Pescanova
Total score 2.04 /5
Local communities 1.95
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
3 Mowi
Total score 2.42 /5
Local communities 1.64
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
4 Nutreco (Skretting)
Total score 1.86 /5
Local communities 1.59
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
5 Mitsubishi Corporation
Total score 1.79 /5
Local communities 1.43
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
6 Cargill Aqua Nutrition
Total score 1.87 /5
Local communities 1.08
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
- Royal Greenland
Total score 1.33 /5
Local communities 1.08
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
8 Austevoll Seafood ASA
Total score 1.70 /5
Local communities 0.85
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
- Parlevliet & Van der Plas
Total score 1.72 /5
Local communities 0.85
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
10 Marubeni Corporation
Total score 0.87 /5
Local communities 0.75
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
11 Charoen Pokphand Foods
Total score 2.32 /5
Local communities 0.74
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
12 FCF Co., LTD.
Total score 1.53 /5
Local communities 0.70
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
13 Cooke
Total score 0.41 /5
Local communities 0.69
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
14 Yokohama Reito (Yokorei)
Total score 0.12 /5
Local communities 0.63
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
15 Kyokuyo
Total score 0.76 /5
Local communities 0.47
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
16 Bumble Bee Foods
Total score 1.27 /5
Local communities 0.38
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
- Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui)
Total score 1.19 /5
Local communities 0.38
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
18 Tri Marine Group
Total score 1.19 /5
Local communities 0.32
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
19 Dongwon Group
Total score 1.17 /5
Local communities 0.25
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
- Nomad Foods
Total score 1.51 /5
Local communities 0.25
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
- Pacific Seafood Group
Total score 0.49 /5
Local communities 0.25
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
- SalMar
Total score 1.50 /5
Local communities 0.25
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
- Trident Seafoods
Total score 0.23 /5
Local communities 0.25
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
24 High Liner Foods
Total score 0.84 /5
Local communities 0.13
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
- Maruha Nichiro
Total score 0.83 /5
Local communities 0.13
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
26 BioMar Group
Total score 2.22 /5
Local communities 0.07
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
27 Labeyrie Fine Foods
Total score 1.36 /5
Local communities 0.00
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
- Red Chamber Group
Total score 0.23 /5
Local communities 0.00
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
- Shanghai Fisheries Group Co., LTD.
Total score 0.06 /5
Local communities 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
- Wales Group (Sea Value & Sea Wealth)
Total score 0.34 /5
Local communities 0.00
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