Retailers continue to dominate in the top tier ranking of the sixth annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, launched yesterday (22 February) at the London Stock Exchange, but the sector that showed most improvement in its overall performance was foodservice. In previous years, the restaurants & bars sector has significantly lagged behind the other sub-sectors, retailers & wholesalers and producers & manufacturers, but in the 2017 Report it has successfully closed the gap.
The foodservice sector’s average score rose from 27% in 2016 to 34% this year while the retailer & wholesaler and producer & manufacturer sub-sectors saw their respective scores stand at 37% and 38% (versus 36% and 39% respectively in 2016)
11 out of the 26 companies that have risen by at least one tier this year are in the restaurants & bars sector, including Domino’s Pizza Group and JD Wetherspoon, who have shown the greatest improvement by moving up three tiers from Tier 6 to Tier 3.
Commenting on the overall findings, Nicky Amos, Executive Director of BBFAW noted: “The most significant change relative to the 2016 Benchmark is the dramatically improved performance of the restaurants and bars sector. Our discussions with companies in the sector suggest that this improvement is being driven by increased client and consumer interest in farm animal welfare, and by NGO, media and investor pressure on these companies to make public commitments on specific animal welfare issues (e.g. on cage-free eggs, on broiler chicken welfare, on reductions in the use of antibiotics).”