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The 2021 Seafood Stewardship Index presents an overall ranking based on the results in four measurement areas. These areas reflect where stakeholders expect corporate action, pinpointing where companies can have the most impact.

Thai Union once again tops the second Seafood Stewardship Index. The Thai food processor has achieved this result through its leading performance in the social responsibility measurement area. The company also demonstrates best performance in the measurement areas on governance and strategy, and traceability. Norwegian salmon farmer Mowi ranks second in the 2021 benchmark. The company is the best performer on addressing ecosystem impacts, achieving a 67% score. The remaining companies in the top five are Spanish fishing and aquaculture company Nueva Pescanova, British food processor Nomad Foods and the Dutch aquaculture feed producer Nutreco. Notably, the top five companies represent different segments of the sector, indicating that companies across the value chain are taking leadership on key sustainability issues.

Even though over two-thirds of the companies demonstrate at least one leading practice on one of the topics of the benchmark, overall performance remains low. Half of the companies do not reach an overall score of 25% and the average score for each measurement area is around 30% or less. That being said, there is a wide range of scores in the measurement areas of traceability (from 0 to 69%), ecosystems (from 0 to 70%) and governance and strategy (from 0 to 63%). In the social responsibility measurement area however, the average score is around 15% and 29/30 companies score below 30%, leaving human and labour rights behind.

Ranking overview

30 companies

Total score out of 100 Governance and strategy out of 10 Ecosystems out of 35 Traceability out of 15 Social responsibility out of 40
1 Progress is equal Thai Union Group
Total score 51.9 /100
Governance and strategy 6.3 /10
Ecosystems 14.1 /35
Traceability 10.3 /15
Social responsibility 21.2 /40
2 Progress is equal Mowi
Total score 46.1 /100
Governance and strategy 5.0 /10
Ecosystems 23.6 /35
Traceability 8.4 /15
Social responsibility 9.1 /40
3 Progress is up Nueva Pescanova
Total score 42.9 /100
Governance and strategy 5.6 /10
Ecosystems 17.5 /35
Traceability 9.4 /15
Social responsibility 10.4 /40
4 Progress is up Nomad Foods
Total score 42.7 /100
Governance and strategy 4.4 /10
Ecosystems 21.4 /35
Traceability 9.4 /15
Social responsibility 7.6 /40
5 Progress is up Nutreco (Skretting)
Total score 40.1 /100
Governance and strategy 5.6 /10
Ecosystems 19.7 /35
Traceability 6.6 /15
Social responsibility 8.2 /40
6 Progress is equal Cargill
Total score 39.5 /100
Governance and strategy 5.6 /10
Ecosystems 17.5 /35
Traceability 6.6 /15
Social responsibility 9.8 /40
7 Progress is up Austevoll Seafood
Total score 36.1 /100
Governance and strategy 3.8 /10
Ecosystems 22.9 /35
Traceability 3.8 /15
Social responsibility 5.7 /40
8 Progress is down BioMar
Total score 35.8 /100
Governance and strategy 3.1 /10
Ecosystems 16.4 /35
Traceability 7.5 /15
Social responsibility 8.7 /40
9 Progress is down Charoen Pokphand Group
Total score 35.5 /100
Governance and strategy 5.6 /10
Ecosystems 10.8 /35
Traceability 4.7 /15
Social responsibility 14.4 /40
10 Progress is up Royal Greenland
Total score 34.0 /100
Governance and strategy 4.4 /10
Ecosystems 15.6 /35
Traceability 5.6 /15
Social responsibility 8.4 /40
11 Progress is up Bolton Group
Total score 30.3 /100
Governance and strategy 3.8 /10
Ecosystems 11.7 /35
Traceability 7.5 /15
Social responsibility 7.4 /40
12 Progress is up High Liner Foods
Total score 29.0 /100
Governance and strategy 3.8 /10
Ecosystems 10.7 /35
Traceability 8.4 /15
Social responsibility 6.1 /40
13 Progress is equal SalMar
Total score 27.1 /100
Governance and strategy 3.8 /10
Ecosystems 15.5 /35
Traceability 2.8 /15
Social responsibility 5.1 /40
14 Progress is down Parlevliet & Van der Plas
Total score 26.2 /100
Governance and strategy 3.8 /10
Ecosystems 14.6 /35
Traceability 4.7 /15
Social responsibility 3.2 /40
15 Progress is down Labeyrie Fine Foods
Total score 25.8 /100
Governance and strategy 2.5 /10
Ecosystems 13.6 /35
Traceability 7.5 /15
Social responsibility 2.2 /40
16 Progress is down FCF Co., Ltd.
Total score 22.4 /100
Governance and strategy 3.8 /10
Ecosystems 7.8 /35
Traceability 6.6 /15
Social responsibility 4.3 /40
17 Progress is equal Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui)
Total score 18.6 /100
Governance and strategy 5.6 /10
Ecosystems 6.1 /35
Traceability 3.8 /15
Social responsibility 3.2 /40
18 Progress is down Mitsubishi Corporation
Total score 16.4 /100
Governance and strategy 2.5 /10
Ecosystems 7.4 /35
Traceability 0.9 /15
Social responsibility 5.6 /40
19 Progress is up Maruha Nichiro
Total score 15.9 /100
Governance and strategy 5.0 /10
Ecosystems 2.0 /35
Traceability 3.8 /15
Social responsibility 5.1 /40
20 Progress is down Dongwon Enterprise
Total score 13.8 /100
Governance and strategy 1.3 /10
Ecosystems 3.9 /35
Traceability 4.7 /15
Social responsibility 4.0 /40
21 Progress is up Pacific Seafood Group
Total score 12.2 /100
Governance and strategy 1.3 /10
Ecosystems 3.4 /35
Traceability 6.6 /15
Social responsibility 1.1 /40
22 Progress is up Kyokuyo
Total score 10.2 /100
Governance and strategy 2.5 /10
Ecosystems 1.3 /35
Traceability 3.8 /15
Social responsibility 2.6 /40
23 Progress is down Marubeni Corporation
Total score 9.8 /100
Governance and strategy 1.9 /10
Ecosystems 1.3 /35
Traceability 0.9 /15
Social responsibility 5.6 /40
24 Progress is up Wales Group (Sea Value & Sea Wealth)
Total score 6.3 /100
Governance and strategy 0.6 /10
Ecosystems 1.9 /35
Traceability 3.8 /15
Social responsibility 0.0 /40
25 Progress is up Trident Seafoods
Total score 5.1 /100
Governance and strategy 0.6 /10
Ecosystems 1.0 /35
Traceability 0.9 /15
Social responsibility 2.6 /40
26 Progress is up Yokohama Reito (Yokorei)
Total score 1.8 /100
Governance and strategy 0.6 /10
Ecosystems 0.7 /35
Traceability 0.0 /15
Social responsibility 0.5 /40
27 Progress is equal Red Chamber Group
Total score 1.6 /100
Governance and strategy 0.6 /10
Ecosystems 1.0 /35
Traceability 0.0 /15
Social responsibility 0.0 /40
28 Progress is down Cooke
Total score 0.7 /100
Governance and strategy 0.0 /10
Ecosystems 0.7 /35
Traceability 0.0 /15
Social responsibility 0.0 /40
29 Progress is up Bright Food Group
Total score 0.0 /100
Governance and strategy 0.0 /10
Ecosystems 0.0 /35
Traceability 0.0 /15
Social responsibility 0.0 /40
- OUG Holdings
Total score 0.0 /100
Governance and strategy 0.0 /10
Ecosystems 0.0 /35
Traceability 0.0 /15
Social responsibility 0.0 /40