As Partners, we are passionate about every step of the food supply chain - from field, sea to fork and we take pride in the long-term relationships we have with the farmers and fishermen who catch, rear and grow the food we eat. We must maintain our commitment to lead in, improve and encourage sustainable and ethical farming methods, including on the Waitrose farm estate where we are the only UK supermarket to operate our own farm. We're also committing to source only from net zero carbon farms in the UK by 2035.
Waitrose is one of the top five companies in the world for farm animal welfare standards, as confirmed for the sixth consecutive year by the Global Business Benchmark. We also participate in the Compassion in World Farming Awards scheme, through which we maintain our position as the leading retailer in Europe for farm animal welfare. In addition we are proud to be a signatory of the Better Chicken Commitment, and continue to drive improvements in poultry welfare.
We continue to lead in the responsible use of antibiotics in farming, and provide transparent reporting of that usage, and will remove the use of lead shot from our game supply chain by the end of 2020/21.
We support the Farming Community Network, helping any farmer, whether a Waitrose supplier or not, who finds themselves in need of ‘someone to walk with’ during challenging times.
Find out more about our approach to animal welfare and sustainable farming practices here.
Waitrose only sources fish that has been responsibly caught or farmed. This means our suppliers must only source fish from fisheries or farmed aquaculture operations that are responsibly managed. Traceability of all our own-brand fish to either farm or catch area and vessel is key. All British fishing vessels supplying Waitrose own-brand fish are in the process of adopting the Responsible Fishing Scheme which ensures responsibly sourced seafood can be fully traced across the supply chain.
Waitrose & Partners became the latest UK supermarket to voluntarily disclose a list of all our wild-caught, farmed fish and shellfish sourcing via the Ocean Disclosure Project (OPD). Click here to view our 2020 OPD profile containing information on both our wild-caught and farmed seafood sourcing for 2019.
Find out more about our approach to fishing responsibly here along with our targets and performance here.