CO-OP GROUP (SWITZERLAND), CRANSWICK, MARKS & SPENCER, MIGROS AND WAITROSE CONTINUE TO SHOW LEADERSHIP ON FARM ANIMAL WELFARE
London, UK. The sixth annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, launched today at the London Stock Exchange, identifies Co-op Group (Switzerland), Cranswick, Marks & Spencer, Migros and Waitrose as global leaders on farm animal welfare.
The Benchmark also shows that many of the 110 global food companies covered by the Benchmark are integrating farm animal welfare into their management and reporting processes. For example, 47% of these companies now have explicit board or senior management oversight of farm animal welfare, and 72% have published formal improvement objectives for farm animal welfare.
Commenting on the overall findings, Nicky Amos, Executive Director of BBFAW noted: “Perhaps the most significant change relative to the 2016 Benchmark is the dramatically improved performance of the restaurants and bars sector. Our discussions with companies in the sector suggest that this improvement is being driven by increased client and consumer interest in farm animal welfare, and by NGO, media and investor pressure on these companies to make public commitments on specific animal welfare issues (e.g. on cage-free eggs, on broiler chicken welfare, on reductions in the use of antibiotics).
Dr Rory Sullivan, Expert Advisor to BBFAW noted: “It is clear that farm animal welfare is moving from the farm gates to the boardroom. Increasingly, food companies see farm animal welfare as a core risk and a strategic issue, featuring alongside issues such as climate change, water and public health. Despite this, 42 of the 110 companies covered by the Benchmark – a group which includes household names such as Kraft Heinz, Mars Inc. and Starbucks Corporation provide very limited information on their approach to farm animal welfare.”
Thank you to all stakeholders who participated in shaping the Benchmark for the future.16th July 2018
BBFAW Annual Consultation Is Now Open The BBFAW invites investors, food companies, industry bodies, NGOs, academics and other stakeholders to participate in the 2018 Consultation.13th June 2018
Candriam and Karner Blue Capital have become the latest investors to join the BBFAW Global Investor Collaboration on Farm Animal Welfare. The initiative, the first global collaborative investor initiative on farm animal welfare, encourages prominent food companies - including food producers, retailers and wholesalers, and restaurants and bars - to strengthen their approach, management systems and processes, and performance reporting on farm animal welfare.22nd May 2018