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Our Food Business program

Our Food Business program

Intensive factory farming is one of the biggest causes of poor farm animal welfare. In its drive for ever increasing productivity, animals are often treated as commodities rather than sentient beings, pushed to the edge of their physiological capabilities; over-stocked, caged or confined and unable to express their natural behaviors. We can’t go on this way. There are commercial alternatives - we can make a difference.

Since 2007, Compassion in World Farming’s Food Business team has been working with some of the world’s biggest food companies - retailers, producers, manufacturers and food service companies - to place farm animal welfare at the forefront of their corporate social responsibility agendas. The companies we work with are a key part of the drive towards a more ethical and sustainable food supply, through their procurement policies and support of higher welfare farming systems.

We have a team of specialist staff who engage with leading food companies, inspiring progress through prestigious awards and supporting products and initiatives which represent tangible benefits for farm animals.

What we offer

  • Awards for current policies or commitments to supply higher welfare and sustainable products
  • Partnership on standards and product development to help raise baseline farm animal welfare standards
  • Professional resources, advice and consultancy on farm animal welfare
  • Specialist marketing and communications activity
  • Access to a wide network of international contacts and business opportunities

Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards

Through our Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards, we recognize leading food companies for their policies and commitments that result in positive impacts on farm animal welfare, by meeting a specific set of awards criteria.

We have run our flagship scheme, the Good Egg Award, since 2007 to celebrate companies who source cage-free eggs. We have now expanded the scheme by launching the Good Chicken Award in 2010, the Good Dairy Award in 2011 and the Good Pig Award in 2012.

Over 287 million animals are now set to benefit each year from the higher welfare policies of all our Good Farm Animal Welfare Award winners to date. This is based on the number of animals every year that will live better lives when the pledges of our winning companies have come into force.

Millions of farm animals are better off already. We are proud of the progress we are making.

Partnering with food companies

Major food companies have huge brand power and can broadcast higher welfare messages to millions of consumers every day. They are therefore helping us to broaden the international reach of our Food Business program, which is having a positive impact on an increasing number of farm animals across the globe.

Please contact us if you wish to find out more.


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