Waitrose sees fifth year at top of Business Benchmark in Farm Animal Welfare

We were pleased to see Waitrose ranked - for the fifth year running -  in the top tier of the Business Benchmark in Farm Animal Welfare, a leading global animal welfare audit which assesses food businesses worldwide on their apporach to animal welfare practices. 
We were extremely pleased to see Waitrose ranked in Tier 1 by the Business Benchmark in Farm Animal Welfare, a global assessment of food companies which assesses businesses based on their animal welfare practices and reporting.    

Waitrose, who are our primary customer, were ranked in Tier One, representing a ‘leadership’ position amongst the companies surveyed – this is the fifth successive year they have achieved this distinction. Waitrose were also one of just five candidates in the highest tier.  

The Business Benchmark in Farm Animal Welfare, now in its fifth year, 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 nearly 100 leading global food companies based on their management and reporting of animal welfare practices. 

The 2016 report included 99 companies, an increase of 12 from the previous year. Waitrose were among 35 retailers included in the survey, and one of only two retailers to achieve top tier status.

Discussing the outcome of the 2016 report, BBFAW Executive Director, Nicky Amos, said: “With 26 companies moving up at least one tier since 2015, there is a clear indication that the food industry is finally starting to treat farm animal welfare as an important business issue”.    

BBFAW Advisor, Rory Sullivan, commented: “The Benchmark shows that investors are key agents of change. They are sending a clear signal to companies that they expect food companies to effectively manage the systemic risks and opportunities posed by farm animal welfare, and it is clear that companies are responding to these expectations”.

Compassion in World Farming’s CEO, Philip Lymbery added: We have witnessed some monumental market shifts for animal welfare since the last BBFAW report. Stakeholders and investors are pushing this progress forwards, reflecting the wishes of the vast majority of consumers today. It is increasingly clear that this is an issue which cannot be ignored by companies and we congratulate those that are moving up the ranking and driving progress in animal welfare across the food industry.

As a business which emphasises the highest standard of animal welfare, both on farm and in our lairages, we are proud to be among the Waitrose suppliers recognised by this ranking – we would like to congratulate our livestock team and producers for their efforts in this arena. We would also like to congratulate Waitrose on once again getting their outstanding work in the animal welfare sector recognised.