- 32 large Asian meat, fish and dairy producers ranked by new investor index, backed by $6.1 trillion investor network. Includes major suppliers to McDonalds and KFC, such as Chinese firm Fujian Sunner and Venky’s India.
- Despite recent fears of a new strain of H7N9 bird flu emerging in China – four Asian firms are given the top ranking for food safety, with China-based dairy producer, Inner Mongolia Yili highlighted for best practice.
- China’s antibiotics risk highlighted: China is the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics in agriculture, yet the Index ranks 15 out of 16 Chinese meat, fish and dairy companies (93%) as ‘high risk’ on antibiotics management – with the companies having little or no measures in place to reduce excessive use of the drugs.
- Asian meat, fish and dairy sector also failing on emissions: 90% of Asian companies assessed rank ‘high risk’ on greenhouse gas emissions disclosure.
- Norwegian firm Marine Harvest is top ranked company, with Thailand’s CPF is the top-ranked Asian firm, seventh in overall rankings.
(London, 26 June 2018). The Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index, a ground-breaking new index for investors analysing how a $300bn group of 60 global food companies are managing critical environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, has found that the large majority of meat, fish and dairy suppliers are failing to manage critical business risks including greenhouse gas emissions and antibiotic use.
In total, 52% of the Index (32 companies) are based in Asia including the largest by market cap: Inner Mongolia Yili.
The global ranking is produced by the $6.1 trillion investor network FAIRR which lists Aviva Investors and Schroders among its members. The Index aims to improve corporate disclosure on sustainability issues by all major livestock, dairy and farmed fish producers to help investors capitalise on risks and opportunities in the sector.
The Coller FAIRR Index finds:
- Asian livestock producers are showing leadership on food safety. Despite concerns of a new strain of H7N9 bird flu reported to be emerging in Chinese poultry, 44% of the Index companies given the top ranking on food safety are from Asia. Inner Mongolia Yili (China), Vietnam Dairy (Viet), WH Group (China) and CPF (Thailand) are among only nine companies praised for the traceability of food products and feed production.
- China and wider Asia failing on antibiotics: China is the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics in livestock production, yet 15 out of 16 of the meat, fish and dairy companies (93%) assessed by the Index are given the worst ‘high risk’ ranking for having little or no measures in place to reduce excessive use of antibiotics. This is despite growing levels of international action to combat antibiotic resistant superbugs. Of all 32 Asian companies assessed, 97% are ranked ‘high risk’ on antibiotics, compared to only 10% of European companies assessed.
- Asian animal agriculture undermining Paris agreement: The global food supply chain is estimated to be responsible for over a quarter (26%) of global GHG emissions*, and Asian meat, fish and dairy suppliers sit at the heart of it. Yet 90% of the Asian Index companies were ranked ‘high risk’ for failing to manage or disclose their GHG emissions. This compares to only 50% of peers in Europe.
- China Mengniu Dairy and Vietnam Dairy are both highlighted for diversification into plant-based alternatives to animal protein. For example, China Mengniu Dairy’s joint venture with WhiteWave Foods has helped to develop their plant-based dairy production.
Maria Lettini, Director of the FAIRR Initiative said,
“From fast food to fine dining, much of the food on our plates leads back to the Asian livestock and fisheries sector assessed by this Index. Investors in Asia will be encouraged by rising standards in areas like food safety. However, the failure to manage issues such as climate risk and the misuse of antibiotics is cause for concern. On antibiotics alone, the Coller FAIRR Index shows that most Asian meat, fish and dairy producers are ignoring the calls from regulators, health professionals and the financial community to manage and reduce their use of antibiotics. That failure puts both global public health and their business models at risk.”
“As megatrends like climate change, antibiotic resistance and food technology radically reshape the way we produce and consume meat, fish and dairy, the Coller FAIRR index will help institutional capital identify both best in class companies in Asia’s food sector and those at risk of long-term value destruction for failing to manage these critical business issues.”
Rebecca Lewis, Partner at asset management firm Arisaig Partners, headquartered in Singapore commented,
“This new Index offers investors both the opportunity to see how best practice is emerging in countries such as China, Vietnam and Thailand, and a reminder to keep a close eye on the long-term risks and unpriced externalities inherent in livestock and fisheries assets in Asia.”
“Investors have an increasing appetite for Asia’s animal protein sector and it’s no surprise that over half of the companies assessed by this Index are based in the region where building sustainable supply chains is a relatively new concept. We believe that excitement over the forecast growth in consumption of animal protein in Asia, should be tempered with an awareness that environmental and social issues such as pollution, deforestation and abuse of antibiotics all need careful management and risk a reduction in long term returns for shareholders. As an investor specialising in the emerging markets consumer sector we continue to monitor these risks carefully and the Coller FAIRR Index will assist in this process.”
One of the sustainability criteria assessed by the Index is ‘deforestation and biodiversity loss’ and Asian companies scored poorly in this area too. In total 97% of Asian companies, including all China-based companies, are ranked as high-risk on deforestation. Chinese companies are exposed to deforestation risks in their feed supply chains. By 2026, China’s soybean imports – a significant feed commodity – is expected to increase by 143 million tons, 48% more than the amount the current leading soybean producer (Brazil) will export
Notes to editor
For more information or for exclusive interviews Maria Lettini, Director of FAIRR, please contact:
- Mike Weber, ESG Communications,
t: + 44 (0)7932 577755 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org;
- The overall league table of results is below. A full report with all results and details of the Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index is available on request. The summary report can be downloaded here
- Methodology: All companies are given an overall ranking of ‘low’, ‘medium’ or ‘high’ risk, based on their scores against eight sustainability risk factors. These are based on stakeholder understanding of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and are specifically: Greenhouse gas emissions; Deforestation and biodiversity loss; Water scarcity and use; Waste and pollution; Antibiotics; Animal welfare; Working conditions and Food safety. All eight risk factors and KPIs were weighted equally and each sustainability risk factor has several KPIs underlying its scoring – these are available in the methodology appendix of the main report. All scores are based on a company’s commitments, policies and disclosure. Note, ‘Sustainable proteins’ is an additional risk factor which was assessed but not scored and the definition of China does not include Taiwan. All valuations are based on market capitalization figures as of March 28th 2018.
* Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers, J. Poore & T. Nemecek
Overall league ranking
|Company Legal Name||Market Cap ($bn)||Country||Final Score||
|Marine Harvest ASA||9.894||Norway||82||Low risk|
|Lerøy Seafood Group ASA||3.733||Norway||80||Low risk|
|Bakkafrost P/F||1.860||Faroe Islands||78||Low risk|
|Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd||6.881||New Zealand||69||Low risk|
|Salmar ASA||4.726||Norway||67||Low risk|
|Cranswick PLC||2.120||UK||65||Medium risk|
|Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL||6.963||Thailand||65||Medium risk|
|Marfrig Global Foods SA||1.162||Brazil||62||Medium risk|
|Hormel Foods Corp||17.789||USA||60||Medium risk|
|Grieg Seafood ASA||1.035||Norway||55||Medium risk|
|Empresas AquaChile SA||0.580||Chile||53||Medium risk|
|Maple Leaf Foods Inc||2.919||Canada||53||Medium risk|
|Tassal Group Ltd||0.504||Australia||52||Medium risk|
|Tyson Foods Inc||26.291||USA||52||Medium risk|
|Grupo Nutresa SA||4.138||Colombia||48||Medium risk|
|Vietnam Dairy Products JSC||12.938||Vietnam||46||Medium risk|
|Scandi Standard AB||0.426||Sweden||43||Medium risk|
|BRF SA||6.906||Brazil||41||Medium risk|
|JBS S.A.||8.480||Brazil||38||Medium risk|
|China Shengmu Organic Milk Ltd||0.866||China||38||Medium risk|
|Pilgrim’s Pride Corp||6.093||USA||38||Medium risk|
|WH Group Ltd||15.632||China||36||Medium risk|
|MHP SE||1.458||Ukraine||36||Medium risk|
|RCL Foods Ltd/South Africa||1.337||South Africa||35||Medium risk|
|Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co Ltd||27.029||China||32||High risk|
|NH Foods Ltd||4.386||Japan||31||High risk|
|New Hope Liuhe Co Ltd||4.865||China||30||High risk|
|GFPT PLC||0.534||Thailand||30||High risk|
|QAF Ltd||0.416||Singapore||28||High risk|
|China Mengniu Dairy Co Ltd||18.555||China||28||High risk|
|Beijing Sanyuan Foods Co Ltd||0.944||China||27||High risk|
|COFCO Meat Holdings Ltd||0.631||China||27||High risk|
|LDC SA||2.549||France||26||High risk|
|Inghams Group Ltd||0.993||Australia||25||High risk|
|Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd||1.611||Japan||25||High risk|
|Great Wall Enterprises Co Ltd||0.840||Taiwan||24||High risk|
|Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co Ltd||13.366||China||22||High risk|
|Sanderson Farms Inc||2.735||USA||20||High risk|
|Shandong Oriental Ocean Sci-Tech Co Ltd||0.910||China||20||High risk|
|Muyuan Foodstuff Co Ltd||8.697||China||19||High risk|
|QL Resources Berhad||2.104||Malaysia||19||High risk|
|Fujian Sunner Development Co Ltd||2.702||China||18||High risk|
|Guangdong Wens Foodstuffs Group Co Ltd||17.537||China||17||High risk|
|Prima Meat Packers Ltd||1.407||Japan||17||High risk|
|Japfa Ltd||0.581||Singapore||16||High risk|
|Almarai Co JSC||14.766||Saudi Arabia||15||High risk|
|Fortune Ng Fung Food Hebei Co Ltd||1.324||China||14||High risk|
|Chuying Agro-pastoral Group Co Ltd||1.110||China||14||High risk|
|China Modern Dairy Holdings Ltd||1.047||China||12||High risk|
|Thaifoods Group PCL||0.705||Thailand||10||High risk|
|Australian Agricultural Co Ltd||0.590||Australia||10||High risk|
|Beijing Shunxin Agriculture Co Ltd||3.622||China||10||High risk|
|Venky’s India Ltd||0.827||India||7||High risk|
|Seaboard Corporation||4.467||USA||7||High risk|
|Cherkizovo Group PJSC||1.232||Russia||5||High risk|
|San Miguel Food and Beverage Inc||2.304||Philippines||5||High risk|
|Industrias Bachoco SAB de CV||3.118||Mexico||5||High risk|
|Cal-Maine Foods Inc||2.280||United States||4||High risk|
|Grupo Bafar SAB de CV||0.657||Mexico||3||High risk|
|Inti Agri Resources Tbk PT||0.532||Indonesia||0||High risk|
The FAIRR Initiative is a collaborative investor network. It aims to raise awareness of the material impacts factory farming and poor animal welfare can have on investment portfolios, and works to help investors share knowledge and form collaborative engagements on these issues. www.fairr.org. FAIRR’s members (as of 23/05/18) are: Acrux Partners (UK): ACTIAM (Netherlands); Active Earth Investment (UK); Aegon Asset Management (Netherlands); Amazonia Wealth Management (formerly Treebeard Financial Planning) (US); Appleseed Capital (US); Arisaig Partners (Asia) Pte Ltd (Singapore); Auriel Equity Investors LLP (Jersey); Australian Ethical Investment Ltd. (Australia); Aviva Investors (UK); Bard Family Trust (US); Barrow Cadbury Trust (UK); Boston Common Asset Management (US); Callidus Capital Corporation (Canada); Calvert Research and Management (US); Castlefield Partners (UK); Christian Super (Australia); Clean Yield Asset Management (US); Coller Capital (UK); ColorStone Co. Ltd (China); Cornerstone Capital (US); Cruelty Free Super (Australia); Dana Investment Advisors (US); Dignity Health (US); Domini Impact Investments (US); Dunning Capital, LLC (US); E.G. Thomson Holding Ltd (UK); EBG Investment Solutions AG (Switzerland); Equity Investment Corporation (US); Esmee Fairbairn Foundation (UK); Etho Capital (US); Farmland LP (US); Five Seasons Ventures (UK); Green Century Capital Management, Inc. (US); Health Foundation (UK); Hermes Equity Ownership Services Ltd (UK); ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility) (US); Impax Asset Management (UK); InvestEco Capital Corp (Canada); iSelect Fund (US); Jeremy Coller Foundation (UK); Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (UK); JPS Global Investments (US); Kames Capital (UK); Kempen Capital Management NV (Netherlands); Man Group (UK); Mirova (France); MP Investment Management A/S (Denmark); Natural Investments LLC (US); Neuberger Berman SRI Team (US); New Crop Capital (US); NN Investment Partners (Netherlands); Ohman (Sweden); Quantum Financial Planning LLC (US); Quiota (US); Robeco (Netherlands); Schroders (UK); Scotiabank Wealth Management (Canada); Seal Cove Financial (US); Socially Responsible Investment Coalition (SRIC) (US); Sonen Capital (US); Strathclyde Pension Fund (UK); Stray Dog Capital (US); Sturgeon Ventures LLP (UK); Sustainable Insight Capital Management (US); Swift Foundation (US); Sycomore Asset Management (France); Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation (UK); Trillium Asset Management (US); Triodos SRI Fund (Netherlands); UBS Asset Management (Switzerland); UFF – African Agri Investments (South Africa); Ultra Capital (US) University of California, Office of the CIO of the Regents (US); Valoral Advisors (Luxembourg); VaR Capital (UK); Walden Asset Management (US); Wellesley Group (UK); Zevin Asset Management (US)