Draft methodology for the 2021 Seafood Stewardship Index

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To achieve key United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for sustainable seafood production by 2030, we need transformational change, from fisheries and farms to forks. Achieving sustainable production requires large-scale and fundamental action, led by those who drive environmental and social impacts in the system.

The Seafood Stewardship Index measures and ranks the 30 most influential companies in the seafood industry. Their significant influence on the world’s fishing business means that they can accelerate positive change. These 30 companies set the standard for others in the industry, due to their size, influence and reach.

Based on the first version of the methodology, the revision process draws from feedback received from various experts, stakeholders, companies, our Expert Review Committee as well as internal learnings from the first benchmark. Moreover, the revisions of the methodology took into account new seafood initiatives, standards and guidelines that were either released or updated since the first methodology was developed. Our processes have ongoing, continuous stakeholder engagement as an integral part of it. This document presents a draft revised methodology for the second iteration of the Seafood Stewardship Index, including approaches to scoring and weighting as well as indicators and key definitions.

From 16 December 2020 to 31 January 2021, the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) is holding a public consultation on the draft methodology. With this publication, we seek additional input from stakeholders on the methodology for the benchmark.

We invite you to provide feedback to the draft revised methodology by filling in the feedback form and/or by registering to one of our public consultation webinars.

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