Commitment to sustainable fishing and aquaculture
Nissui is committed to procuring sustainable marine products by 2030, but details on how it defines sustainable were not found, and the reporting is not comprehensive. Indeed, while it reports acquiring and sourcing from certified fisheries and farms, no updated metrics (since 2016) were found describing what percentage of its portfolio is certified and therefore how it is performing against its target. The company therefore has a significant opportunity to better define its target and show how it aims to achieve a sustainable supply of fishing and aquaculture products.
Ecosystem impacts of fisheries
As a member of SeaBOS, Nissui is committed to tackling abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG), also known as ghost gear, by joining the Global Ghost Gear Initiative. The company also implements measures for preventing and reducing ALDFG in its operations, and it discloses examples of activities, such as acquiring certification, to manage fishing impacts on target and by-catch species. However, no recent quantitative metrics have been disclosed on the sustainability status of its source fisheries since 2016. As for endangered species, Nissui will continue to source endangered species if there is a mitigation plan. The company does not provide detailed information about how it manages impacts on sensitive habitats. As such, Nissui can significantly improve by disclosing its ecosystem impacts and how it mitigates any negative impacts by, for example, updating its disclosure of certified fisheries.
Ecosystem impacts of aquaculture
Nissui has limited disclosure about how it promotes sustainable aquaculture practices in its operations and supply chains. Although the company has developed an Aquaculture Health Management System to monitor the health of farmed fish, it does not provide evidence on how it aims to reduce the use of medicine and medically important antibiotics nor how it aims to improve animal welfare. Regarding its sourcing of terrestrial ingredients, Nissui joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil in January 2021 but has not yet provided specific reporting through the framework. Finally, although the company states that is has reduced its use of marine ingredients, no metrics could be found. Furthermore, Nissui could disclose information about outbreaks, medicine use and disease management plans in its aquaculture operations.