Mowi tops sustainable producer list for third year

Mowi has been ranked the most sustainable animal protein producer for the third year in a row by the Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index.

The report, now in its fourth edition, assesses 60 of the largest listed global meat, dairy and aquaculture companies on ten environmental, social and governance themes aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Overall, Mowi scored 81 out of 100 and was rated “Industry Best” against many of the criteria aligned to the SDGs including greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and biodiversity, use of antibiotics, animal welfare, working conditions, food safety and governance.

CEO Ivan Vindheim said: “This shows again that Mowi is at the forefront of sustainable food production. I am proud and humbled to lead a company and an organisation that is a recognised leader in sustainable food production. Importantly, the Index highlights that aquaculture and salmon farming is part of the solution toward shifting to a green economy.”

Chief Sustainability and Technology Officer, Catarina Martins, added: “I am delighted to see Mowi’s sustainability strategy and achievements being recognised in this global rating. For three years in a row now, Mowi is considered the most sustainable animal protein producer in the world.

“This achievement is the result of hard work and passion for what we do every day: producing food that is good for people and good for the planet,” she emphasised.

Mowi is joined in the top five ranked companies by fellow Norwegian aquaculture companies Grieg Seafood and Lerøy Seafood Group who are ranked 2nd and 4th respectively.

The 2021 report found that aquaculture companies, primarily salmon companies, continue to perform better than land-based animal protein producers on all risk factors, especially deforestation, biodiversity and antibiotics.

The Index is designed to provide financial institutions with best-in-class data, analytics and trends on the protein sector and covers issues such as:

  1. Greenhouse gas emissions
  2. Deforestation & biodiversity
  3. Water use & scarcity
  4. Waste & pollution
  5. Antibiotics
  6. Working conditions
  7. Animal welfare
  8. Food safety
  9. Governance
  10. Sustainable proteins

On average, aquaculture also shows the most improvement year on year, demonstrating the sector’s focus on managing its sustainability risks versus its land-based peers. Companies headquartered in Europe are paying more attention to deforestation and antibiotic risks, making them the strongest performing region.