Mowi has been ranked the most sustainable protein producer for the third year in a row by the award-nominated Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index, published December 1st.

This research, 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 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.

Speaking about Mowi’s ranking on the Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index, 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!”


Focus on aquaculture

The 2021 report found that aquaculture companies, primarily salmon companies, continue to perform better than land animal protein producers on all risk factors, especially deforestation and biodiversity and antibiotics. 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. In fact, Mowi is joined in the top five ranked companies by fellow aquaculture companies Grieg Seafood ASA and Lerøy Seafood Group ASA, both headquartered in Norway, who are ranked 2nd and 4th respectively.

About the Coller FAIRR Index

The Index is designed to provide financial institutions with best-in-class data, analytics and trends on the protein sector to integrate into their investment decisions and engagement strategies and is positively shaping trends in the $1.6 trillion global protein market, by shedding light on where corporate policy or disclosure is behind the curve. It has become the go-to resource for investors to assess how well key suppliers in the food chain are managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks:

  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

Click here for more information about the Coller FAIRR Index

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We’re proud to report that we have held our position at the top of the league table of sustainable protein producers compiled by the FAIRR Initiative, published recently.

Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index assesses the world’s 60 largest publicly-listed animal protein producers, worth a combined USD 338 billion. Firms are ranked against ten environmental, social and governance (ESG)-related criteria including GHG emissions, deforestation, antibiotic usage and working conditions.

“The fact that Mowi is one of only three companies to be ranked as low risk is a testament to the vision of our leadership team and the commitment of everybody at Mowi to execute this vision. 2020 has been and continues to be a challenging year for all businesses but as we approach the end of the year, I hope that this achievement instils a sense of pride with every member of staff,” says our CEO Ivan Vindheim.

Climate commitments

The authors of the Index were disappointed by the overall progress made by other sectors, especially meat and dairy suppliers, towards climate commitments. 86% of major meat and dairy suppliers failed to declare or set meaningful reduction targets for all greenhouse gas emissions.

Catarina Martins, Chief Sustainability Officer, explained Mowi’s progress against stated climate commitments: “We have adopted a global approach to climate change, through the development of a low-carbon business model. We have developed a low carbon transition plan which includes a comprehensive evaluation of our impact on climate change, relevant climate-related risks and opportunities, as well as proposals for climate change mitigation measures. We continue to work towards these targets and be transparent about our progress.”

Click here for a summary report of the FAIRR Index

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On September 4, the 2019 Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index has been released, which analyses the 60 largest listed producers of animal proteins (meat, dairy and aquaculture) for human consumption globally by combining nine environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk factors with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Index is the world’s only benchmark dedicated to profiling animal protein producers. It shows critical gaps and areas of best practice in the sector.

The nine risk and opportunity factors assessed by the Index include:

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

We cooperated closely with the assessors throughout the process. Alf-Helge Aarskog, Mowi’s CEO, said: “To be ranked as the best performer on this global index is a fantastic achievement for Mowi and proof that social responsibility and sustainability is embedded in every level of our business and part of our culture. We will continue to strive for continuous improvement and lead the Blue Revolution.”

The final company rankings are based on some exceptional realisations:

  • We were recognised as one of few organisations for our commitment to set a science-based target for greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
  • Our efforts for animal welfare and certification in Scotland have been recognised as an exceptional realisation.
  • Our knowledge and experience to prevent sea lice have been highlighted as best practice within the sector.

Catarina Martins, Chief Sustainability Officer for the Mowi Group, added: “This is a great recognition of the work we do at Mowi to reduce our footprint and continue improving the way we operate.”

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After the success of its first Global Cleanup Day held in May 2018, it was decided to make this an annual tradition at Mowi. On May 3, a Mowi Lemmer team set out to take care of the Dutch contribution to this global initiative for a cleaner environment.

A larger area – less litter

Last year, the Lemmer colleagues collected over 100kg of litter from the Lemmer beach only. This year, the 8-person Cleanup team set out to first clean the Mowi Lemmer premises and then split up into two groups: two people removed the litter from the banks of the Lemmer marina, while the others took care of cleaning the beach. All in all, they found less litter than during their beach cleaning activities of last year, which is a positive signal!


Cleaning up around the world

Teams from Mowi sites around the world participated in Global Cleanup Day. A few impressions:

In one hour, Mowi Boulogne removed 100kg of litter from the local beach

Big bags of litter – Mowi Canada-East

Cleanup Day in Poland on their national holiday: a real family effort with an impressive result: almost 1000kg of rubbish collected in Gdansk

Mowi Chile staff working hard to clean up a local beach

 Recently published: Mowi’s policy on plastic use and plastics waste management

Mowi depends on healthy oceans. Next to making our Global Cleanup Day a recurring event, Mowi recently also published a policy on plastic use and plastics waste management, in order to  reduce the use of plastic, to make sure that plastic waste is handled in a responsible manner and to ensure that our sites are kept clean.

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Managing plastic

Do you want to know more about some of Mowi’s initiatives to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic? You’ll find some interesting stories about reducing the weight of plastic trays and upcycling of used salmon farming nets on Mowi’s corporate website.

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The annual Seafood Expo Global fair in Brussels is coming up. From May 7-9 2019, Mowi Lemmer will be present, as part of Mowi ASA, among more than 1,900 exhibiting companies from 78 countries. The SEG is also known as the world’s largest seafood trade fair.

A new name means also a new stand design! Visit us at Hall 8 on booth 5-545.

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November 13, 2018 – Marine Harvest today launched a global brand called MOWI, and further to this, is changing its company name to Mowi.

Mowi is strongly rooted in the history of the company. The company we know as Marine Harvest today was originally founded as Mowi by Norwegian aquaculture pioneers more than 50 years ago.

“I am really excited that we are now taking the company to the next level. Through implementing our MOWI branding strategy, we can communicate our integrated value-chain from feed to the consumer’s plate. We are looking forward to announcing our new MOWI product line in the coming months”, says Alf-Helge Aarskog, CEO of Marine Harvest.

The company will launch the MOWI brand into selected markets. The branded product line – yet to be announced – will provide customers added value in taste, convenience, nutrition and traceability.

“Mowi is an inspirational name that recalls our pioneering spirit that has developed over the past 50 years,” says Aarskog. “Since the first salmon was farmed in 1964, we have grown into a global fully integrated company, including breeding, feed, farming, processing and sales. Throughout the past 50 years, we have always remained true to our core value – the care we have for our people, our fish, our customers and the environment.”

The proposed name change is subject to shareholders’ approval, and the company has today summoned an Extraordinary General Assembly to resolve the name change with effect from 1 January 2019.

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It is that time of the year again: As part of the Marine Harvest Group, Marine Harvest Sterk is going to be present at the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, April 24-26. With 1850 exhibiting companies from 79 countries, it’s the world’s largest seafood trade fair. It is THE meeting venue for professionals from the fish and seafood industry.

Visit us in Hall 5, booth nr 5-545.

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Recently Marine Harvest Group published their annual report 2017, the best year ever in the history of the group. The annual report integrates the reporting on both the financial and the sustainability performance of the group. You can download it here.

This integrated report sets out how we run our business; it describes our vision and ambition, our successes and our disappointments – all of them in an open and transparent way. At the end of the day, all of us working at Marine Harvest have a clear and simple goal: We wish to produce affordable, high quality products in a sustainable way, and this report tells the story of how we work to accomplish that target.

We aim to be an integrated provider of proteins from the ocean, taking the lead in all key areas, from the production of fish feed to meeting the needs of the market. By integrating the entire value chain, we can control our products from feed to fork, and be more proactive in addressing challenges related to sustainable feed, farming and value-added processing.

The Blue Revolution – our vision – will not happen by itself: We have to make it happen. Change is about challenging existing ways of doing things – over and over again. We encourage our people to try new things, and sometimes we fail. The important thing is that we learn and grow from the experience.

Driving a revolution requires passionate people who share our vision and values. Marine Harvest is made up of 13,233 people in 24 different countries. We are committed to high ethical standards in our business conduct worldwide, and we expect our employees to make our Code of Conduct a personal commitment so that we can engender trust to all stakeholders.

Would you like to know more about:

  • How Marine Harvest contributes to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • What we did in 2017 in the area of Research & Development and what the R&D programme is for the years to come?
  • How new technologies like the ‘genomics revolution’ contribute to even better and more efficient salmon farming?
  • What is in our salmon feed?
  • Which healthy nutrients our salmon contains, and how much of them? How we make sure our salmon remains a very rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids while continuously reducing the amount of fish needed to produce our salmon feed?

You’ll find all the answers in our annual report 2017. Download it here!

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