BRF, one of the largest food companies in the world, has advanced to Tier 2 from Tier 3 in the annual report of the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW), published and presented yesterday at a New York press conference. This improvement recognises BRF’s commitment to animal welfare, as reflected in the company’s policies and practices.
BRF’s climb in the BBFAW ranking follows years of continuous investment in animal welfare, during which appropriate systems were adopted and relevant actions intensified. Alongside this, data and information concerning animal welfare on BRF’s website have been broadened and made easier to access.
In its report, BBFAW acknowledges the established internal processes BRF has put in place to manage compliance and best practices concerning animal welfare commitments. It also draws attention to BRF’s partnership with World Animal Protection (WAP), which is working to better animal welfare practices in the supply and production chains. One goal towards which BRF is working, with the assistance of WAP, is the transitioning of 100% of sows to group gestation systems by 2026.
Amongst the examples of BRF’s animal welfare engagement in 2016 was the implementation of environmental enrichment instruments in more than 200 aviaries, which encourage natural animal behaviour and lead to stress reduction. With animal welfare being a core value at BRF, ongoing investment is being made in environmental enrichment studies, with a view to improving conditions for animal breeding.
Following the announcement of BRF’s improved BBFAW ranking, BRF Europe and Eurasia CEO, Colin Norton, explained the significance of the recognition to the company: “BRF is committed to becoming a leader in animal welfare. We’ve strengthened our policy over the years and BBFAW is a real incentive to continue improving our animal welfare practices. Our progression in the benchmark, from tier 4 in 2014 to tier 2 in 2016, is a clear recognition of our commitment.”
Now in its fifth year, the BBFAW publishes an annual review of 99 global food companies, assessing their quality of animal welfare management, as well as their disclosure of animal welfare policies and practice.
Listed amongst the leading companies in the international protein trade, BRF is one of the largest food companies in the world. A truly global food company, 50% of the company’s net sales come from the international market. With the implementation of a new management structure worldwide, BRF aims to increase flexibility and boost growth potential. BRF has 54 factories that can be found across the world: 35 across all regions of Brazil, 10 industrial units in Argentina, 5 in Thailand, 2 in Europe (UK and the Netherlands), 1 in UAE (Abu Dhabi) and 1 in Malaysia.