Coller FAIRR Index gives Mowi, Grieg, Lerøy high marks for sustainability efforts
Norwegian salmon-farming companies Mowi and Grieg Seafood have been ranked first and second in the latest Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index of the world’s most-sustainable protein producers, with Mowi holding on to the top spot for the third-consecutive year.
On this year’s list of the 60 largest publicly-listed protein producers globally, fellow Norwegian producer Lerøy Seafood took fourth place.
The Coller FAIRR index is an annual assessment of how companies perform on greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and biodiversity, water use and scarcity, waste and pollution, antibiotics, animal welfare, working conditions, food safety, governance, and sustainable proteins.
Mowi Chief Sustainability Officer Catarina Martins said that she was happy to see the company’s sustainability strategy and achievements being recognized in the global rating.
“For three years in a row, Mowi is considered the most-sustainable animal protein producer in the world,” Martins said. “This achievement is the result of the hard work and passion for what we do every day: producing food that is good for the people and the planet.”
Grieg Seafood CEO Andreas Kvame said he was pleased with a top placement in this year’s index, and said that the company will continue on its journey of improvement and innovation.
“During the next decades, the global food system must be transformed. We know that responsible aquaculture and blue foods has the potential to be a part of the solution,” Kvame said. “In Grieg Seafood, we work hard to reduce our impact and improve fish welfare.”
Lerøy Seafood also welcomed its ranking and said it was proof of the company’s sustainability efforts paying off.
“We work continuously and targeted toward improving sustainability across our value chain. It is good to see our efforts in this area being noticed, and that Lerøy as a company and the industry once again ranks among the best in this type of index,” Lerøy Seafood CEO Henning Beltestad said.
Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) CEO Renate Larsen said the recognition of multiple Norwegian salmon companies is a great source of pride for the industry.
“Being responsible, transparent, and innovative is part of the Norwegian seafood industry’s core values. As the largest producer of the world’s favorite seafood – salmon – we have important responsibilities we take very seriously,” Larsen said. “A responsibility not only towards consumers who enjoy our delicious and healthy premium quality fish, but also to the communities and the environment in which the companies operate.”
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