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What is Nestlé doing to improve farm animal welfare?

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

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

Our Commitment 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, from physical and discomfort, injury and disease. We support OIE's work to promote these freedoms in the global food supply chain.

Our Responsible Sourcing Guideline (pdf, 2Mb) 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.

Nestlé has signed a global collaboration agreement with Compassion in World Farming to help drive improvements in our sourcing and to encourage broader supply chain transformation.

In October 2018, we also joined the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW), working with a range of other companies to improve animal welfare standards globally.

We have made a number of specific pledges. To help drive welfare improvements for egg-laying hens, our goal is to use only cage-free eggs for all of our food products globally by 2025. This includes all shell eggs and egg products (such as whole egg powder and liquid and egg white powder and liquid) directly sourced as ingredients by Nestlé.

In Europe and the USA, we will make this transition by the end of 2020. For the rest of the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania we will do so by 2025 and in Asia we will aim for the same transition period as conditions allow.

In some parts of the world, such as in Europe, over 40% of our eggs are already from cage-free sources.

Nestlé has also made a public commitment to improve the welfare of broiler chickens (chickens raised for meat) for our food products in the United States by 2024 and in Europe by 2026.


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