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The report revealed that 89% of companies acknowledged farm animal welfare as a business issue – compared to the 71% reported in 2012 – while 81% had formal policies on farm animal welfare.

However, despite the positive outcomes of this year’s report, the implementation of animal welfare improvements continued to lag policies and governance.

While companies were quick to disclose management processes and the subsequent impact on farm animal welfare in their supply chains, none of the 150 businesses surveyed were ranked A tier on the BBFAW’s Impact Rating.

Top ranked food firms

Only five companies received a B rank – Greggs, Noble Foods, Premier Foods, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose – while 85% of the companies achieved an E or F impact rating.

Commenting o9n the report, Philip Lymbery – Compassion in World Farming global chief executive – said: “A decade on, it’s great to see BBFAW continue to deliver against its mission and make great progress in getting companies to invest in animal welfare.

“Yet, it’s disappointing that these policy commitments are not delivering meaningful improvements for animals as quickly as they should.  Our focus now must be on ensuring that companies across the globe really do drive forward and deliver substantial and measurable welfare improvements for farm animals.”

The 2021 benchmark doubled down on companies’ performance reporting and impact by increasing the weighting of this section to 45% of the total score available.

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