Waitrose named a global leader for farm animal welfare practices

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, whose flagship local branch is at Oakgrove in Milton Keynes, 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.

Most competitors still provide little or no information on their farm animal welfare performance.

Duncan Sinclair, Agriculture Manager at Waitrose & Partners, said: “We have 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, added: “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.”

Philip Lymbery, CEO at Compassion in World Farming, is pleased that animal welfare is now a big business issue. He said: “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.”

Visit your local branch of Waitrose at Oakgrove, Milton Keynes. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 7am-10pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

This feature was published in the May 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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