New animal welfare report released
Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Coop Group (Switzerland) have been given top marks in a new global farm-animal welfare report.
The report, compiled by Compassion in World Farming, assessed the world’s leading food companies on the managing and reporting of animal welfare practices. In total, 80 companies were assessed according to their published information and ranked against each other.
The report reveals that 45 per cent (29) of the 65 companies assessed since the first report in 2012 have improved in their reporting. For example Marks & Spencer and Coop Group (Switzerland) retain their position at the top of the table for the second year running, joined by Waitrose.
Philip Lymbery, CEO at Compassion in World Farming, commented: “We are encouraged by the range of companies that have made it into the top two tiers of the Benchmark this year. It suggests that it is realistic for food companies to take steps to improve their reporting and disclosure on farm animal welfare, irrespective of their sub sector, geography or ownership.”
Room for improvement
However, despite the overall progress made since 2012, farm animal welfare remains an immature business issue, with half of the 80 companies assessed in 2014 appearing in the bottom two tiers indicating that farm animal welfare is not receiving anything like the same management attention as other corporate responsibility issues.
Burger King, Mars and Müller are among 21 companies languishing at the bottom of the league table.
Some of the world’s major companies have shown little sign of progress.
Mike Baker, Chief Executive at World Animal Protection said: “Consumers increasingly care about where their food comes from and are demanding a better life for farm animals. While it is encouraging to see a growing number of companies in this year’s Benchmark with stated commitments to animal welfare, there is clearly still much room for improvement. Companies have the power in their hands to transform the lives of billions of farm animals around the world.”
Read more and view the full report on the Compassion in World Farming website.
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