Nestle and six other food companies have joined forces through the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW) to advance animal welfare standards throughout the global food supply chain.
The food firm has been joined by Unilever, Ikea Food Services, Aramark, Compass Group, Elior Group and Sodexo for the coalition.
In a statement released on Nestle’s website, it said GCAW was the world’s first global food industry-led collaboration uniting major companies and animal welfare experts working towards improving standard for animals to meet consumer demand for food products from animals reared in systems that promote good welfare.
The company said it would do this by “building relationships with like-minded stakeholders” as well as collectively addressing “current systemic barriers to change”. The coalition will also aim to share best practices as well as accelerate the development of standards and progress on key welfare issues.
GCAW aims to publish a collective action agenda in the first half of 2019, focusing on five priority work streams, including cage-free policies and improved broiler chicken welfare.
Nestle’s involvement within GCAW builds on its existing commitment on farm animal welfare. Last year, the company announced that it will source cage free eggs only as ingredients for all its food products globally by 2025.
Additionally, in October 2017 Nestle pledged to improve conditions for chickens raised to provide meat ingredients for businesses in the United States. This was followed by an announcement in June 2018 to implement similar improvements for all of its food products in Europe.