Waitrose retains tier 1 status in BBFAW and named “global leader”

The seventh annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, backed by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection, has named Waitrose & Partners a “global leader” for farm animal welfare practices.

Since 2014, Waitrose & Partners has been one of a small number of businesses that have achieved Tier 1 status for the Business Benchmark for Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW), which is an annual survey based on organisational commitments to animal welfare.

The supermarket retailer has once again been named as one of the few companies covered by the Benchmark found to have adopted farm animal welfare policies and implemented farm animal management systems, with most competitors still providing little or no information on their farm animal welfare performance.

Duncan Sinclair, Agriculture Manager at Waitrose & Partners, comments: “We’ve pioneered high animal welfare practices for a long time and have achieved significant recognition for our commitment in this area over the years.

Our view is that good animal welfare and good business go hand in hand. Receiving this accolade is a credit to the hard work that is undertaken across our supply chain on a daily basis, not to mention the close relationship we have with our farmers and dedicated suppliers who ensure the high standards we expect are maintained.”

Tor Harris, Head of CSR, Health & Agriculture, at Waitrose & Partners comments: “Waitrose & Partners puts high standards of farm animal welfare right at the heart of its business and that’s why we are especially proud to have maintained our Tier 1 Status in the Business Benchmark. Accolades such as this reflect the hard work that our teams here, our supplier and, of course, our farmers, put into driving forward those standards.”

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.”

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