Compassion In World Farming Releases 2018 Survey on Welfare


The Compassion In World Farming Report for 2018 was released on February 26th 2019. The objective of the organization is to encourage transparency from companies and to rank farm animal welfare. Apparently some investors follow the movement of companies within the list with possible implications for share price. The report unfortunately in some cases also provides an opportunity for activists to intimidate management and to coerce introduction of expensive and unnecessary changes without contributing to improved flock welfare.

In the latest ranking Perdue Farms and Cargill maintained their leadership position. Kraft Heinz and YUM! Brands moved up two tiers, and Chipotle, Dunkin' Brands and Publix each moved up one tier. According to the report, 54 percent of U.S. companies fall in the bottom two tiers mainly due to not documenting information on their farm animal welfare policies.

Rachel Dreskin, U.S. Executive Director of Compassion in World Farming stated "year on year, we are seeing many U.S. food companies increasing their disclosure on reporting farm animal welfare." She added "This year's Benchmark highlights that there is still significant work to be done for all companies to strengthen their policies."