Britain has topped a table rating food industry approaches to farm animal welfare reporting and management.
Egg supplier Noble Foods, retailers Marks & Spencer and Waitrose, and Swiss company the Coop Group attained the highest scores in the fourth annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report.
Published today, the report assessed how 90 of the world’s leading food companies, including 19 from the UK and 23 from the US, are managing and reporting their farm animal welfare policies and practices.
Each was given a percentage score, which took into account management commitment and policy, governance and management, innovation, and performance reporting. Based on their score, each company was ranked in one of six tiers.
Six of the 11 companies that made the two top tiers were British.
With a score of more than 80%, Marks & Spencer, Noble Foods, Waitrose and the Coop Group were placed in the top tier.