Skretting Sustainability Report 2021

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Seafood Stewardship Index (SSI)

The SSI, published by the World Benchmarking Alliance, ranks the sustainability efforts of the 30 most influential seafood companies globally. Skretting moved from the 7th place in 2019 to the 5th in 2021, which positioned us as the highest ranked feed supplier. Although the progress indicates that we’re heading to the right direction, we acknowledge that there’s still room for us to do more, better and faster.

We invited the World Benchmarking Alliance to share their reflections on the relevance of public disclosure and transparency in our Sustainability Report.

Transparency measured by the Seafood Stewardship Index

Leading seafood companies can potentially deliver a significant, unique and actionable contribution to the United Nation SDGs. One way to encourage companies to become better stewards and transition to a more sustainable and responsible seafood industry is to benchmark their sustainability performance. The benefits of benchmarking are realised in two ways. First, a benchmark can be used by companies to understand how their activities are in line with the broader environmental and social agenda set by the SDGs and thus identify where there are gaps. Second, when made public, a benchmark can be used by any stakeholder (civil society organisations, financial institutions, policy makers and the broader public) to hold companies accountable for their impacts on the environment and society.

The World Benchmarking Alliance’s Seafood Stewardship Index benchmarks the social and environmental performance of the 30 most influential (or keystone) seafood companies on their contribution to the SDGs. More precisely, the index uses publicly available information to measure company performance across four broad topics: governance & strategy, ecosystems, social responsibility and traceability.

Disclosure and transparency are essential elements to robust accountability and thus trust between companies and their stakeholders. This is why the index has integrated disclosure and transparency expectation across all of its 48 indicators. However, as we know, not all disclosures are created equal. For disclosure to be credible and robust, it must be science-based, verified and cover all operations, products and supply chains, not just a subset. This is a real challenge for companies, especially large ones that have numerous, complex and global supply chains. Indeed, the 2021 Seafood Stewardship Index showed that even though corporate transparency has been steadily increasing in the seafood sector, many gaps remain with regards to disclosure on the provenance of products and their associated impacts. The good news is that many solutions already exist and are being implemented in some parts of the sector. For example, traceability and data management software can help companies gather this information in a consistent and comprehensive manner. There are also many experts, precompetitive initiatives and civil society organisations that can support companies on this journey such as the Global Dialogue for Seafood Traceability (GDST), SeaBOS, GSI, Ocean Disclosure Project and FishWise to name a few.

Transparency is not only about accountability. It is also about trust. This is true for all social relationships, including the one between companies and their stakeholders.
Helen Packer, Lead Seafood Stewardship Index, World Benchmarking Alliance

Transparency is not only about accountability. It is also about trust. This is true for all social relationships, including the one between companies and their stakeholders. Even though trust is an intangible capital that can be hard to measure in dollar terms, it is at the core of any business. As stakeholders are increasing their expectations towards companies not only to deliver safe but also environmentally and socially responsible products, transparent disclosure on all aspects of a business operations will become essential to maintain trust and thus stay in business. Transparency ie, sharing the good and the bad, is not easy. This is why we, companies and their stakeholders, must work together to reward transparency, whatever the performance. Because transparency is the first step for acknowledging the problem and to start looking for solutions in partnership with others.

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