The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) has launched a consultation on the criteria that will be used to evaluate the farm animal welfare management practices of food businesses.
Later in 2012 these criteria will be used by BBFAW to benchmark the farm animal welfare systems and performance of approximately 60 listed and non-listed European food businesses, including producers, processors, manufacturers, food retail and service companies.
The BBFAW Programme Director, Nicky Amos, said: “Farm animal welfare is increasingly recognised as a key issue for food businesses. The Benchmark will help investors, companies, NGOs and other stakeholders understand farm animal welfare issues. Perhaps more importantly, the Benchmark provides a very clear indication to companies as to the performance standards they should be seeking to achieve”.
Dr Rory Sullivan, expert adviser to BBFAW, added: “In our discussions with investors about the investment implications of farm animal welfare, two issues consistently recur: the lack of data on companies’ management and performance, and the lack of useful tools to support investors in analysing and interpreting these data. The criteria set out in the consultation document provide a very clear indication as to the information that companies should be reporting, and the Benchmark will enable investors to differentiate between companies that are doing a good job in this area and those that are not”.