The World Business Benchmark Index on Farm Animal Welfare (Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW)) for the year 2019. This is a report that aims to publicize the progress that food companies have made in the field of animal welfare, an issue that both investors and consumers are increasingly concerned about each year.
To configure the ranking of food companies that most respect animal welfare 2019Companies have been evaluated and ranked based on the information they have provided about the goals, achievements, and plans they have designed to improve the welfare of farm animals. The index has evaluated 150 companies (the same number as last year) based on 37 criteria and objectives (two more than last year), such as whether the company has a clear position to avoid close confinement and intensive systems. for livestock, if it provides a clear explanation of animal welfare policy, if the health and quality of life of farm animals is recognized as a commercial problem, etc.
As usual, the dynamics and structure of previous reports are followed, the companies analyzed are classified in six levels different that mark the commitment to animal welfare. At the first level are those companies that stand out and excel in carrying out the improvement of animal welfare practices, they are companies that collaborate and offer information, comply with the plans and objectives set to improve the treatment of animals. Companies that maintain a comprehensive business strategy based on animal welfare are classified in the second level, companies that, although they have established some criteria for the welfare of farm animals, still have a lot of work left in the third level to do to improve.
Companies that must make progress in integrating management policies to improve animal health and quality of life are classified in the fourth level, companies that have an action plan for be able to improve animal treatment, but unfortunately there is little evidence that this plan is being carried out, that is, it exists on paper, but it does not materialize. Finally, companies that do not have a plan to improve animal conditions are classified in the sixth level. By monitoring the reports that have been published since 2012, it can be seen that, In terms of animal welfare, notable progress has been madeBut obviously there is still a lot to do.
In this BBFAW eighth report Farm animal welfare management and performance has been analyzed for 52 wholesalers and retailers, 63 producers and manufacturers, and 35 catering companies. According to analysts, the changes are accelerating and companies increasingly recognize the importance of the quality of life and treatment of farm animals, being an integral part of the business strategy, something logical considering that is what they demand consumers as a synonym for food quality. The progress made by the 55 companies that have been present in the report since its first edition (2012), and especially 12 that have managed to climb three levels in the ranking, is highlighted.
As we were saying, 150 companies have been analyzed in this report, of which 34% are European, 33% from North America, 13% from Asia, 13% from the United Kingdom and 7% from Latin America. According to BBFAW, improved management practices are becoming increasingly institutionalized, seen in more than 60% of companies (1st to 4th level) that work and focus their efforts to ensure that the farm animal welfare is managed effectively. It must be said that the new companies that were included last year in the index to be evaluated, have not had very good results since they have not improved their management policies.
The evaluation has analyzed the commitment and management policy of each company, including its general policies and guidelines on animal welfare, has evaluated the specific policies on issues such as proximity confinement or long-distance transport of animals, among others, management and governance, internal measures and controls carried out to verify compliance with established policies, as well as supply chain management have been analyzed. Other factors such as research, leadership, innovation, development and commitment that has been acquired with customers have also been analyzed, always speaking in relation to animal welfare.
At first level We can see Coop Group, Cranswick, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Noble Foods and Migros, a company that last year passed to a lower level but, thanks to their work, managed to return to the first level of the ranking. In second level ALDI Süd, Cargill, Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Co-operative (United Kingdom), Danish Crown, Greegs, Grupo Danone, Hilton Food Group, J. Sainsbury, Mitchells & Butlers, Nestlé, Perdue Farms, Premier Foods, Tesco , Whitbread and Wm Morrison. In total, six new companies have been included, although two have been downgraded, Unilever and Vion Foof Group.
At third level The following companies are classified: 2 Sisters Food Group, Aldi Nord, Armark, Arla Foods, Barilla Group, BRF SA., Casino, Cheesecake Factory, Coles Group (new inclusion), Compass Group, Domino’s Pizza Group, Elior Group, Fonterra, Hormel Foods, ICA Gruppen, JBS, JD Wetherspoon, LDC, Les Mousquetaires, Maple Leaf Foods, McDonald’s, Metro AG, Mowi ASA, REWE Group, Royal FrieslandCampina, Sodexo, Terrena Group, Tyson Foods, Unilever, Vion Foof Group, Woolworths Limited and Yum! Brands Inc. It should be noted that six companies have managed to climb positions and position themselves as novelties at this level.
At fourth level The following companies have been included as novelties: Agro Super, Associated British Foods, Auchan Holdings, Campbell Soup Company, Coopérative U Enseigne, Cooperl Arc Atlantique, Colruyt, Darden Restaurants, Edeka, General Mills Inc, Jeronimo Martins, SSP Group, Subway / Doctor’s Associates Inc and Sysco Corporation. They remain motionless: Camst, Carrefour, Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF), Coop Italia, Costco, Cremonini SpA, Ferrero, Gruppo Veronesi, IKEA (Inter IKEA Group), Kroger Company, OSI Group, Plukon Food Group, Publix Super Markets, Restaurant Brands International / Burger King, Saputo, Schwarz Unternehmens Treuhand KG / Kaufland, Tönnies Group, Walmart Inc / Asda, WH Group and Wendy’s Company. As a new inclusion in this year’s evaluation, United Natural Foods Inc (UNFI) enters.
At Fifth level Only two companies have been included as a novelty, E. Leclerc and Minerva Foods, in addition to those that have fallen from a level like Dunkin ‘Brands, Loblaw Companies Limited and Mondelēz International. The rest are maintained and are as follows: Ahold Delhaize, Albertsons, Amazon / Whole Foods Market, Chick-fil-A, CKE Restaurants, ConAgra Brands, Cooperativa Centrale Aurora Alimentos, Cracker Barrel, Dean Foods, Empire Company / Sobey’s, Groupe Lactalis , HE Butt Company, Hershey Co, Kerry Group, Mercadona, Papa John’s Pizza, Sanderson Farms, Seaboard Corp, Starbucks Corporation, Target Corporation and Umoe Gruppen. New additions to this year’s evaluation are Inspire Brands and JAB Holdings.
At sixth level The following companies appear: Aeon Group, Autogrill, Bimbo, BJ’s Wholesale, Bloomin ‘Brands, C&S Wholesale, Cencosud, China Resources ,, China Yurun Group, Chuying Agro-Pastoral Group, CNHLS, Conad Consorzio Nationale, Cooke Seafood, Couche-Tard , Dico’s, Gategroup, Habib’s, Industrias Bachoco, Lianhua Supermarket Holdings Co, Meiji Holdings, Mars Inc, Maruha Nichiro Group, Müller Group AG, New Hope Liuhe Co Ltd, Nippon Ham, Seven & I Holdings, US Foods, Wens Foodstuff Group, Yonghui Superstores and Zhongpin Inc.
As can be seen by making a comparison with the 2018 and 2017 report, the number of companies that level up increases, a trend that will probably be much more pronounced in next year’s report. The BBFAW report (Pdf) is worth a look, to find out which companies really care about the welfare of farm animals, in the report you will find the disaggregated data, the explanation about the concepts and the methodology used, segment graphics, etc.