Now in its fourth year, the
Business Benchmark in Farm Animal Welfare is compiled in association with
leading animal welfare charities Compassion in World Farming and World Animal
Protection, and private equity firm Collier Capital. The report assesses 90
leading global food companies – including 32 retailers and wholesalers - based
on their management and reporting of animal welfare practices.
one of just four candidates in the top tier, representing a ‘leadership’
position among the companies assessed. Companies in Tiers 1 and 2 are stated to
have made, ‘strong commitments to farm animal welfare, have well developed
management systems and processes and have a clear focus on farm animal welfare
the results of the 2015 report, BBFAW Executive Director, Nicky Amos, said:
“The results show that it is realistic for companies across the world and in
all sub-sectors (retailers, wholesalers, restaurants, bars and producers) to
aspire to and achieve high scores in the Benchmark and to recognise the
responsibility they hold for the welfare of animals in their supply chains.
BBFAW Expert Advisor said: “For the first time we are seeing global investors
actively engage with companies to encourage them to improve their practices and
reporting on farm animal welfare. The annual Benchmark provides a strong
incentive for companies to improve their disclosure and to account for their
performance. As we build investor awareness and understanding of systemic risks
and opportunities posed by farm animal welfare, we expect to see investor
interest and, critically, action, to increase over time.”
We are delighted
to see Waitrose receive such a prestigious and well deserved accolade once
again, and are proud to be one of the supply chains recognised by this award.
Recognising and implementing outstanding animal welfare and good livestock
husbandry is one of the pillars upon which we have built our business, and is a
shared value upon which we have built a 20 year working relationship with
Waitrose – thanks to our livestock team and to our producers for their
continued hard work.