Animal welfare score card for major food suppliers

The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, supported by Compassion in World Farming and the World Society for the Protection of Animals, shows that many global food companies failing to adequately monitor farm animal welfare. The top offenders are Walmart, Auchan, Mars, and El Corte Ingles. Nestlé, Premier Foods, Starbucks and Carrefour also scored poorly. Farm animal welfare was found to be on the business agenda but there was limited evidence of implementation. The Co-operative Food (UK), Noble Foods and Unilever made it into the second tier of the ranking, where best practice was found to be integral to business strategy, while J Sainsbury, Marks and Spencer and McDonald’s, the burger chain, were among those in tier three. No companies made it to the top tier.

The study reports that “while some companies have reasonably well developed approaches to farm animal welfare management, it is clear that the majority have yet to effectively translate high level commitments on farm animal welfare into day-to-day operational practices. Furthermore, for the food sector as a whole, reporting on farm animal welfare performance is under-developed, especially when compared to other aspects of corporate responsibility reporting”  (p.39).

The graphic below shows the tier six companies (lowest score):

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