What are you doing to help ensure the welfare of farm animals in your supply chain?
We share consumers’ concerns about the welfare of farm animals and we are committed to ensuring the highest possible levels of farm animal welfare across our global supply chain.
In 2012, we established our Commitment on Farm Animal Welfare (pdf, 2Mb), which is based on the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines. This commitment, which was updated in 2014, serves as the basis of our responsible sourcing requirements on meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products, which form part of our Responsible Sourcing Guideline (pdf, 2Mb).
We are also the first major food company to enter into a global partnership with an international animal welfare NGO, World Animal Protection. Together with World Animal Protection and our supply chain partners, we are working to further improve farm animal welfare in our supply chain by ensuring compliance with our RSG.
Building on this, we are pledging that by 2020, all of the eggs we source as ingredients for our products in the USA will come from cage free sources only. In Europe and the rest of the world, we are developing pilot projects with our suppliers and our NGO partner World Animal Protection to establish a roadmap for sourcing cage free eggs.
What specific activities have you undertaken so far?
In November 2013, we began farm-level assessments of animal welfare practices in our supply chain using our Responsible Sourcing Guideline assessment protocol, which we have developed with the expertise of World Animal Protection.
In early 2014, we began implementing our responsible sourcing requirements on meat, poultry and eggs. We will continue to implement these requirements, along with milk and dairy, gradually across our global supply chain.
With the implementation of our Responsible Sourcing Guideline on farm animal welfare, we want to help bring about positive change at every level of our extended supply chain: from our direct suppliers of animal-derived ingredients, to their own suppliers and back to the farms.
Learn more about how we are improving the welfare of farm animals in our supply chain
Read more about partnerships and industry alliances
Read more about Nestlé's partnership with World Animal Protection
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