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.