Nestlé has reported progress on its 2014 targets for the responsible sourcing of dairy, meat, poultry and eggs (pdf, 1Mb) as the company works to further improve animal welfare in its supply chain.
Last March Nestlé became the first major food company to form an international partnership with an animal welfare NGO via an agreement with World Animal Protection.
In 2013-2014 Nestlé carried out 255 third-party farm level assessments on dairy, meat, poultry and egg supply chains in Europe, North America, New Zealand and China using the protocol developed with the NGO.
World Animal Protection coaches independent external auditing firm SGS to assess animal welfare practices at farm level, and shadows it during some of these assessments.
Together with the NGO and its suppliers, Nestlé is working to scale-up good practices identified in these assessments and is engaging with its suppliers on farm level remediation plans where necessary, to tackle specific areas that require improvement.
Nestlé will publicly report on its progress in the first quarter of 2016.
Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Guideline (pdf, 2Mb) on Farm Animal Welfare complements the Nestlé Supplier Code (pdf, 2Mb) and builds on the Nestlé Commitment to Farm Animal Welfare (pdf, 2Mb).