The welfare of farm animals within our global supply chain is important to us and is a key element of our Responsible Sourcing strategy.
We are committed to continuously enhancing and harmonising animal welfare standards throughout our global supply chain. This strategy is supported by ongoing efforts to increase the visibility of our complex supply chain and make more informed procurement decisions.
Despite significant supply chain disruption and Covid-19 closures, we continue to make positive progress on farm animal welfare, including our global commitment on cage free eggs and regional commitments around higher welfare chicken.
In the USA we have doubled our sourcing volume of animal proteins from ranches and farms certified as humane by Humane Farm Animal Care. All bacon served in our cafes now comes from higher welfare group-housed pigs.
We continue to work with our suppliers and partner organisations across the globe, such as: Compassion in World Farming, Humane Society International and The Humane League to further research and develop our animal welfare standards.
Recognising that improving farm animal welfare standards is increasingly a collective issue for our industry, we took the decision to become a founding member of the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW) in 2018. GCAW is the world’s first industry-led initiative aimed at advancing animal welfare globally. We work with other major companies to improve animal welfare standards at scale and to meet consumer demand for food products from animals reared in systems that promote good welfare.
GCAW members are aligned around a desire to collectively address systemic barriers to improving animal welfare, accelerate the development of standards and drive progress on key welfare issues. GCAW is currently focused on three species-specific priority workstreams addressing the welfare of laying hens, broiler chickens and pigs.
We share GCAW's aim to advance animal welfare knowledge globally through several different approaches, including conducting bespoke research. For example, as GCAW, we commissioned an independent report in 2019 into the challenges of transitioning to cage free egg production in China. Find out more about GCAW and its approach to animal welfare here.