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2020 BBFAW Report

2020 BBFAW Report

Find out the results of the latest Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare.

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Rethinking Food

Rethinking Food

Compassion has launched an exciting new programme to help companies deliver a more resilient and sustainable food system.

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Rethink Fish

Rethink Fish

New report highlights welfare and environmental issues in Scottish salmon farming

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Global EggTrack

Global EggTrack

Compassion launches first GLOBAL EggTrack report highlighting food industry progress on cage-free eggs.

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Better breed for better business

Better breed for better business

RSPCA research reveals that using slower-growing breeds of chickens significantly reduces mortality, increases bird behaviour and improves meat quality.

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Converting to cage-free?

Converting to cage-free?

Ensure your cage-free housing is fit for purpose and future-proofed

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Our Impact

Our Impact

Working in partnership with the food industry we positively change the lives of millions of farm animals every year

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What we offer

What we offer

Our aim is to place farm animal welfare at the heart of the food industry which can yield significant

benefits for your business

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WHO WE WORK WITH

Compassion works with the world’s leading food businesses (food retailers, manufacturers and food service companies) that have the biggest impact and ability to effect change on a large scale.

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Through our Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards, we recognise market leading food companies for their current policies or commitments that result in positive impacts on farm animal welfare across their supply chains.

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Industry News

15.06.21

The UK’s obsession with trade deals means disaster for the environment

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09.06.21

Farm antibiotics use and new trade deals

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07.06.21

Would carbon taxes help growers and suppliers stop deforestation?

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05.06.21

The ‘clean meat’ revolution is coming

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01.06.21

Why supermarkets are being urged to end sales of meat and fish raised on fishmeal and oil from west Africa

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26.05.21

BBFAW prepares for a new decade of animal welfare action

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Resources

Designed to inspire and assist organisations wanting to improve the welfare of farm animals in their supply chains.

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Resources

Case studies

Sharing best practice in farm animal welfare and highlighting different ways to implement and communicate higher welfare practices.

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Case studies

Award winners

Award winners

Find out more about the market leading companies who are benefitting the lives of millions of farm animals every year.

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1. Retailer Keir

Award winners

Find out more about the market leading companies who are benefitting the lives of millions of farm animals every year.

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2. Food Service

Award winners

Find out more about the market leading companies who are benefitting the lives of millions of farm animals every year.

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3. Manufacturer

Award winners

Find out more about the market leading companies who are benefitting the lives of millions of farm animals every year.

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4. Public Sector

Award winners

Find out more about the market leading companies who are benefitting the lives of millions of farm animals every year.

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5. SME

Award winners

Find out more about the market leading companies who are benefitting the lives of millions of farm animals every year.

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6. Corporate

Our Awards

Good Dairy Award

Good Dairy Award

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About the Good Dairy Award

The Good Dairy Award recognises companies that use or are committing (within 5 years) to use higher welfare dairy systems for cows and calves.

To date, more than 603 thousand dairy cows and calves are set to benefit each year as a result of our award winners’ policies.

There are over 250 million cows used to produce milk in the world, including around 37 million in the EU-28, 9 million in the USA and around 1.85 million in the UK. Commercial milk production is increasing rapidly in southern Asia, including countries that have not traditionally consumed a high volume of milk, such as China.

Developed countries typically use cows from specialised milking breeds. The Holstein-Friesian is the dominant breed in the UK and much of Europe and more than 90% of the USA herd are Holsteins – many of them pure Holsteins.

There is a wide variety of dairy production systems in the EU, ranging from permanently housed systems to extensive outdoor systems with rudimentary or no shelter. One of the most common systems in the EU is seasonal grazing with winter housing. Cow accommodation is typically in cubicle systems or straw yards, although tethering is still permitted and common in some countries.

There is no specific EU Directive setting out minimum conditions for the protection of dairy cows. Some assurance schemes (e.g. RSPCA Approved and Soil Association through their Assurewel project) are developing systems that monitor and set targets for improvement in key outcome measures, such as the incidence of lameness, mastitis, and poor body condition.

Minimum conditions for the protection of dairy calves are set out in Council Directive 2008/119/EC. Calves must not be reared in individual pens after 8 weeks of age, individual pens must not have solid walls (to give the calves visual and tactile contact with other calves), and they must have sufficient space to exercise, be fed colostrum within 6 hours of birth, be fed twice a day, and be provided with sufficient iron and fibre in their diet.

Good Pig Award

Good Pig Award

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Recognition of companies that use or are committing to use higher welfare systems for sows and meat pigs.

The Good Pig Award recognises companies that use or are committing to use (within five years) higher welfare systems for sows and meat pigs.

To date, more than 3.1 million sows and meat pigs are set to benefit each year as a result of our Good Pig Award and our 2011 ‘Leadership in Pig Welfare’ award winners’ policies.

More than 1.38 billion pigs are slaughtered annually for meat worldwide. Over half these pigs are in China, which is home to over 700 million pigs. The next largest pig producers are the European Union (slaughtering over 313 million pigs a year), United States of America (around 111 million a year) and Brazil (over 34 million a year).

In the UK over 10 million pigs are slaughtered for meat annually and there are around half a million breeding sows and gilts (young sows). Although pigs are still kept in backyards and free-range systems, particularly in many developing countries, over half the world’s pig meat is produced in intensive systems.

Minimum conditions for the protection of pigs in the EU are set out in Council Directive 2008/120/EC. From 1 January 2013 all holdings must keep sows and gilts in groups starting from 4 weeks post service to 1 week prior to farrowing, provide permanent access to manipulable material, and provide sufficient quantity of bulky or high-fibre food as well as high-energy food. All holdings should already comply with the general provisions for rearing pigs. In particular, attention should be paid to the following:

  • ‘Pigs should have permanent access to a sufficient quantity of material to enable proper investigation and manipulation activities, such as straw, hay, wood, sawdust, mushroom compost, peat or a mixture of such, which does not compromise the health of the animals.’
  • ‘Neither tail-docking nor the reduction of corner teeth must be carried out routinely but only when there is evidence that injuries to the sows’ teats or to other pigs’ ears or tails have occurred. Before carrying out these procedures, other measures shall be taken to prevent tail-biting and other vices, taking into account environment and stocking densities. For this reason, inadequate environmental conditions or management systems must be changed.’
Retailer Awards

Retailer Awards

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Recognition of supermarket industry leaders for improving farm animal welfare in the food supply chain

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Supermarket retailers are vital to improving farm animal welfare in the food supply chain. The influence they have over the welfare standards adopted by food producers is enormous due to their buying power, the number of shoppers they attract, and their ability to promote one product over another.

Our Supermarket Survey forms the central focus of our engagement work with supermarket retailers. We have been conducting the supermarket survey biennially since 2001 and 28 retailers participated in the last survey in 2019.

The survey involves retailers completing a detailed questionnaire about their farm animal welfare policies, the inputs and practices in their supply chains and their use of key welfare indicators. The survey is split into six separate sections: overall approach to farm animal welfare; laying hens; broiler chickens; dairy cows and calves; sows and meat pigs; and (new for 2019) farmed fish.

The results of the questionnaire are used to produce a bespoke, comprehensive gap analysis report, scoring and ranking supermarkets anonymously against their peers.

The names of the retailers taking part in the survey are not disclosed publicly, nor privately to the other participating retailers. All data in the feedback reports is presented anonymously, typically showing the highest and lowest scores achieved for each area of performance, in order to maintain confidentiality.

Each supermarket’s feedback report provides companies with detailed recommendations to enable them to manage welfare in their supply chains more effectively.

The Supermarket Survey is open to all major European supermarkets and is provided free of charge to all participants.

Our biennial Retailer Awards (part of our Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards programme) are based on the Supermarket Survey results and are awarded for Best Retailer performance, Best Retailer Innovation and Best Retailer Marketing on farm animal welfare.

Companies participating in the Supermarket Survey are automatically considered for the Retailer Awards.

Covid-19 - Supermarket Survey pushed back a year

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to postpone the Supermarket Survey and Retailer Awards until 2022.

There were 28 entrants in 2018 and we hope to secure a similar number of participants in the next iteration.

Compassion will celebrate its ‘Retailer Awards’ again in 2022.

2019 Retailer Awards

The latest Retailer Awards were presented at the 2019 Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards held on 27 June in Brussels.

Waitrose & Partners picked up both the overall Best Retailer Award for their high scores in the Supermarket Survey, and the Best Retailer Marketing Award and for their consistent and high level of communications on farm animal welfare with their recent ‘Waitrose & Partners’ campaign.

Casino received this year’s Best Retailer Innovation Award for their leading work to introduce the very first method of production labelling scheme in France.

 

 

China Awards

China Awards

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Overview of China Awards

China is the largest producer of pig meat, chicken and eggs in the world. As production continues to increase so has understanding of the animal welfare concept over the last few years and more producers and consumers are engaged with the topic.

For the past few years, Compassion has been working with a government-backed organisation – the International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare (ICCAW) – in China to bring higher welfare practices into farm animal production.

Part of this programme has focussed on education, sharing information and conducting farm visits. The aim is to show Chinese producers how they can operate higher welfare production systems as a successful business.

This work culminated with the launch of the Good Pig Production Awards in 2014 which recognises Chinese producers for improving pig welfare, food safety and environmental standards. Key welfare improvements within the award criteria include free-farrowing, enrichment with straw, and avoidance of mutilations such as tail docking or castration.

Now in its fifth year the awards programme continues to encourage welfare improvements and commitments from pig producers.

Over 2 million pigs are now set to benefit from all of our Good Pig Production Award winners’ commitments and practices.

Alongside the Good Pig Production Awards, the programme was extended further and in 2017 the Good Egg Production Awards and Good Chicken Production Awards were launched. Key elements for the poultry awards include the use of cage-free systems, increased space allowance, use of slower growing or dual purpose breeds and provision of environmental enrichment.

Over 280 million birds are now set to benefit from our Chinese winners’ policies and practices.

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