FAIRR exposes ‘high risk’ Asian livestock industry with new report

By Ashley Williams contact

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Twenty-six out of 30 Asian livestock companies assessed were identified as a 'high risk'
Twenty-six out of 30 Asian livestock companies assessed were identified as a 'high risk'
Global network Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (FAIRR) has revealed a report suggesting investors should be wary of investing in Asian livestock companies.

The report, Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index in Asia, assesses the largest Asian intensive livestock companies and their ability to manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks.

Out of the 30 Asian meat companies, 26 companies worth $120bn were categorised as a ‘high risk’ for investors and 94% of the companies were either not managing critical risks or failed to disclose basic information.

FAIRR assessed key performance indicators (KPIs) and scored them on a scale of 0-5 based on their commitments, policies and disclosure.

The network claimed that the report was the world’s first company benchmark report for the Asian market.

FAIRR’s director Maria Lettini said the report would ignite important dialogue between investors and the assessed food suppliers, which will result in tangible improvements to corporate practices.

FAIRR prides itself on being a knowledge hub that educates capital markets on the ESG risks associated with livestock production​,” said Lettini.

With changing trends such as climate change, innovation in the food technology sector as well as a broad consumer shift towards healthier food, it is vital that investors look holistically at the Asian animal protein sector through the lens of ESG issues to make informed decisions, especially where sustainability is concerned​.”

FAIRR recently expressed its views​ on how natural disasters in the US are exacerbating existing industry challenges. Hurricane Florence reportedly caused 3.4m chickens and 5,500 pig deaths in a matter of weeks.

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