What is Nestlé doing to improve farm animal welfare?

Nestlé is committed to the highest possible standards of farm animal welfare

We’re committed to the highest possible standards of farm animal welfare, and to improving it further across our global supply chain.

Our updatedCommitment on Farm Animal Welfare (pdf, 2Mb) is based on the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines. It includes a pledge to phase-out concerning practices, based on OIE’s ‘Five Freedoms’.

These include freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition, freedom from fear and distress, freedom from fear and distress, from physical and discomfort, injury and disease. We support OIE’s work to promote these freedoms in the global food supply chain.

Nestlé buys a significant amount of meat, poultry and egg products produced by farmers worldwide. We use most of the meat and poultry that we buy in ready meals, frozen meals and pet food. We use most of the egg products in mayonnaise, pasta and pastry.

Our Responsible Sourcing Guideline (pdf, 2Mb) is based on our Commitment on Farm Animal Welfare, and it outlines our sourcing requirements for meat, poultry and egg products and dairy. All our suppliers must adhere to this guideline, which we continue to implement across our global supply chain.

In 2014, we became the first major food company to enter into a global partnership with an international animal NGO, World Animal Protection. This partnership ended in 2017, as planned. We continue to work with our suppliers to improve animal welfare and ensure compliance with our Responsible Sourcing Guideline.

By 2020 we have pledged that all the eggs we source as ingredients for US products will come from cage-free hens. Elsewhere, we are developing pilot projects with suppliers to create a roadmap for sourcing cage-free eggs.

We’re also working with our US suppliers to improve broiler chicken welfare standards, and will use this experience to improve the welfare of chickens elsewhere.


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