Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare Launch Hosted by MSCI ESG Research London - February 25, 2013
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Agenda 12.00 Arrivals 12.10 Welcome and Introductions - Martina MacPherson, VP, MSCI ESG Research 12.15 Introductory Remarks from the Benchmark Sponsors Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive, Compassion in World Farming Mike Baker, Chief Executive, World Society for the Protection of Animals
12.25 Benchmark Overview and Headline Findings Nicky Amos, BBFAW Programme Director Rory Sullivan, Expert Advisor to BBFAW
12.40 Panel Discussion and Q&A Drew Fryer, Senior Research Analyst, MSCI ESG Research Abigail Herron, Corporate Governance Manager, Co-operative Asset Management Steve McLean, Head of Agriculture and Fisheries, Marks and Spencer PLC Rory Sullivan, Expert Advisor to BBFAW
13.25 Wrap-up/Next Steps - Nicky Amos, BBFAW Programme Director 13.30 Close
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The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare 2012 Launch Event
Nicky Amos and Rory Sullivan 25 February 2013
About the Benchmark The Benchmark has been designed to provide:
Investors, governments, academics, NGOs and consumers with independent, impartial and reliable information on individual company efforts to adopt higher farm animal welfare standards and practices
Companies with guidance on how they can effectively communicate their performance on farm animal welfare to key stakeholders such as investors, government agencies and NGOs.
The Universe of Companies • • •
68 companies Significant listed and non-listed food businesses with a presence in Europe Food producers (processors/manufacturers), food retailers and food service companies
Food Producers 37%
Food Retailers and Wholesalers 32%
Belgium, 2 Sweden, 4
Restaurants and Bars 31%
Netherlands, 2 Germany, 6
Evaluation Criteria •
3 categories: •
Management commitment & policy (65 points) Governance and management (75 points) Innovation & leadership (30 points)
Maximum score: 170 points
Key Findings •
71% of food companies acknowledge farm animal welfare as a business issue. Of these, just over half publish an overarching policy on farm animal welfare, although most of these policies have significant limitations in their scope of application. Companies are relatively unclear about their positions on key welfare concerns with most commitments being limited in scope (e.g. to freerange eggs in the UK or ingredients of GM origin in UK/Europe). Only 39% of companies describe their board/senior management oversight of farm animal welfare (typically as a part of their approach to sustainability or CSR)
Reporting on farm animal welfare performance is the exception rather than the rule.
Beyond their own operations, there are few examples of how companies are contributing to the wider debate on FAW.
Company Results Tier 1 Leadership (>80%) Tier 2: Integral (62-80%) The Co-operative ( UK), Noble Foods, Unilever Tier 3: Established (44-61%) Coop (Switzerland), J Sainsbury, Marks and Spencer, McDonalds, Smithfields, Wm Morrison Tier 4: Making Progress (27-43%) Ahold/ICA, Arla, Compass, Cranswick, Dairy Crest, Danish Crown, Danone, Friesland Campina, Koninklijke Ahold, Marfrig, Migros, Mitchells & Butler, Subway, Tesco, Tyson, VION, Waitrose, Whitbread Tier 5: On the Business Agenda (11-26%) 2 Sisters Food Group, Barilla, Carrefour, Cargill, Gastronome, Greggs, JD Wetherspoon, Kaufland, Kraft, Lacalis, Metro, Nestlé, Premier Foods, Rewe, Schwarz Unternehmens, Starbucks, Yum! Tier 6: Not on business agenda (<10%) ABF, Aldi Süd, Aramark, Auchan, Autogrill, Burger King, Camst, Casino, Cremonini, Delhaize, El Cortes Ingles, Elior, EQT, Gategroup, HJ Heinz, Lidl, Mars, Mercado, Müller, Quick, Sara Lee, Sodexo, Thon Gruppen, Umoe Gruppen, Wal-Mart
Some Wider Reflections •
Reporting on farm animal welfare is in its infancy, with progress hampered by a lack of a shared understanding of what performance reporting might look like. From an investment perspective, the key conclusions are that farm animal welfare is a systemic risk to the food industry and that food companies have yet to effectively engage with the issue. Encouragingly, a number of companies have already started to use the BBFAW framework to strengthen their approach to the management of farm animal welfare.
For further details please visit website www.bbfaw.com or contact the Programme Director, Nicky Amos [email protected]
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