Index Overview

A focus on Asia

Our findings show that nearly all (94%) of the Asian companies in the Index are either not managing critical risks or are failing to disclose basic information.

As companies in this region rapidly expand production, supplying both local and multinational food companies, it is critical to understand how ESG issues are managed in the industry.

Key stats

4
/30
Only four Asian companies score high enough to be considered “medium risk”. 
3
/30
Only three Asian companies disclose across all eight scored risk factors.
94
%
26 Asian companies, worth $120 billion, rank as ‘high risk’ on overall management of ESG risks.

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  • In general, Asian dairy companies score higher than any other protein category. This differs from the global index where European aquaculture companies lead the sector.
  • Only four Asian companies score high enough to be considered “medium risk”. These are Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL, China Shengmu Organic Milk Ltd, Vietnam Dairy Products JSC and WH Group Ltd.
  • Only three Asian companies disclose across all eight scored risk factors (Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL and China Shengmu Organic Milk Ltd).
  • Antibiotics management is the most poorly addressed risk, in an industry that is the primary global consumer of antibiotics.
  • No Asian company has a zero deforestation or zero net deforestation target even though rising animal protein consumption is one of the and largest drivers of deforestation and biodiversity loss.
  • Of the nine risk factors in the Index, Asian companies perform best on waste and pollution. More than a third of companies (37%) are assessed as ‘low risk’and half (50%) are assessed as ‘medium risk.’
  • Only two of the 30 Asian companies account for the emergence and growth of the alternative (non-meat) proteins sector. Our Index also seeks to examine the exposure of these companies to opportunities in the alternative protein market, particularly given its rapid growth. The market is expected to reach $5.2 billion by 2020.

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