Leading the industry
We want Waitrose customers to know that the meat and animal produce they buy is sourced from animals reared to the highest standards of care and welfare by farmers who share our values. This is supported by our supply structure - one that consists of a select group of dedicated producers, many of whom have long standing relationships with us. Having fewer suppliers enables us to be confident that food is produced to the highest standards of welfare and quality.
Our Agriculture Manager, in conjunction with the Waitrose Farming Partnership Livestock Steering Group (WFP-LSG) has overall responsibility for animal welfare in the Waitrose supply chain. The Steering Group comprises livestock experts from Waitrose and its dedicated suppliers. Regular farm-level welfare performance reports, verified by third parties are presented to the group so that improvement plans can be carried out where required.
One of our Farming Partnership sub-groups is the Responsible Health Group. This consists of representatives of every livestock business and their lead veterinarian.
The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) is the first global measure of company performance on this issue. Since launching in 2012 it has positively influenced corporate practices on animal welfare management and reporting. We are proud that Waitrose has been in the top tier of the global BBFAW for three years, maintaining our leadership position in 2016. We openly shared our animal welfare protocols, outcomes and KPIs on our website (www.waitrose.com), as we believe that openness is key to addressing customer and NGO and driving welfare standards across the sector. Transparency will be an increasing feature of the landscape going forward.