Four companies in the aquaculture sector have made it to the top 10 of an independent global index of sustainable food producers.
The Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index is based on an analysis of 60 of the world’s largest animal protein producers, ranking them on a number of factors including greenhouse gas emissions, water use, animal welfare and working conditions for employees.
Mowi is ranked as the world’s best performer, with Bakkafrost (owner of the Scottish Salmon Company) taking third place, Grieg sixth and Lerøy (co-owner of Scottish Sea Farms) coming in at number eight. Mowi took top ranking for the second year in a row.
Seafood group Thai Union and Salmones Camanchaca also made the top 20. This is the third year the FAIRR Protein Producer Index has been published. No producers have yet achieved “best practice” status and of the 60 companies covered by the Index, 38 are classified as “high risk”, on average, across all of the 10 risk and opportunity factors.
Tavish Scott, chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, commented: “Congratulations to Mowi, the Scottish Salmon Company, Grieg Seafoods and Scottish Sea Farms. This achievement demonstrates the world-leading standards in salmon farming. It’s a further endorsement of both the way Scottish salmon farmers operate now and their capacity to continue to innovate and deliver sustainable, healthy food in a highly responsible way.”