Greggs announced as a leader in Farm Animal Welfare as it retains Tier 2 rating for third year

The seventh annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, backed by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection, evaluates the world’s leading food producers, retailers and service companies on their management and reporting on farm animal welfare.

 

Greggs has been acknowledged for its leadership on farm animal welfare in a report published March, 2019.

 

The seventh annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, backed by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection, evaluates the world’s leading food producers, retailers and service companies on their management and reporting on farm animal welfare.

 

The 2018 Benchmark covers 150 global food companies, ranging from Tier 6 (No evidence on the business agenda) to leadership Tiers 1 and 2. Greggs is proud to retain its Tier 2 status against toughening criteria, demonstrating that Farm Animal Welfare is integral to its business strategy.

 

Malcolm Copland, Commercial Director at Greggs commented: "We are delighted to have been acknowledged for our continued focus and leadership on farm animal welfare in BBFAW’s 2018 Report. We are especially proud to be leading the way amongst our competitors in the restaurants and bars sector with our Tier 2 rating.

 

 

“As with other environmental and social issues, we have found that progress in farm animal welfare requires a continuous process of monitoring, improvement and investment. While there are no quick wins we have proved that it is possible to offer customers high quality, ethically sourced food, at affordable prices.

 

“We remain committed to driving positive change across our supply chain by measuring our progress against the world’s leading benchmark on farm animal welfare, and call on others in the industry to do the same."

 

Commenting on the overall findings, Nicky Amos, Executive Director of BBFAW noted: “Company practice continues to show consistent year on year improvement. For example, 53% of companies now have explicit board or senior management oversight of farm animal welfare and 71% have published formal improvement objectives for farm animal welfare.”  

 

Dr Rory Sullivan, Expert Advisor to BBFAW noted: “Investors need to have confidence that companies are delivering the outcomes that they aspire to, in terms of improved farm animal welfare and in terms of better business risk management. The Benchmark exposes the gap between policies and performance, highlighting those companies whose governance processes work effectively and those whose governance processes are not fit for purpose in a world where farm animal welfare is an increasingly important driver of business value.”

 

Philip Lymbery, CEO at Compassion in World Farming commented: “The Benchmark and the investors supporting it have played a key role in keeping farm animal welfare firmly on the corporate agenda. As this year’s report shows, we need to ensure that this attention delivers real and concrete benefits for animals farmed for food.”

 

 

07/03/19