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The Business of Farm Animal Welfare

1st Edition

Edited by Nicky Amos, Rory Sullivan


304 pages

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Globally, nearly 70 billion animals are farmed annually for meat, milk and eggs. Two-thirds of these are farmed intensively. The views held by food companies on animal stewardship, and the management practices and processes that they adopt are, therefore, of critical importance in determining the welfare of these animals.

Yet, despite the scale of the food industry’s impact, farm animal welfare remains a relatively immature management issue. There is a lack of consensus around the specific responsibilities companies have for farm animal welfare, and around how companies should treat the animals in their or in their suppliers’ care.

This book, The Business of Farm Animal Welfare, provides an extensive, authoritative analysis of current corporate practice on farm animal welfare. It critically reviews and assesses the ethical and business case for action. Through a series of practitioner case-studies, it describes how companies have addressed farm animal welfare in their operations and supply chains. It analyses the key barriers to companies adopting higher standards of farm animal welfare, and offers a series of practical recommendations to companies, consumers and policy makers on the role that they might play in raising farm animal welfare standards across the food industry.

As the first comprehensive account of business and farm animal welfare, this book is an essential resource for researchers, practitioners and general readers looking to understand and influence corporate practice on farm animal welfare.


'This remarkable book provides a one-stop-shop on why animal welfare matters to the corporate world and what can be done about it. It provides vital understanding and practical insight that will help companies manage the reputational and investment risks associated with the farmed animals in their supply chain. It will also help meet the expectations of customers who increasingly want to know that companies are taking proper care of animal welfare. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.'

Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive, Compassion in World Farming

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Rory Sullivan (University of Leeds & Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, UK); Nicky Amos (Nicky Amos CSR Services & Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, UK)


2. The Key Issues in Farm Animal Welfare

Tracey Jones (Compassion in World Farming, UK)

3. Ethics, Religion and Farm Animal Welfare

David Grumett (University of Edinburgh, UK)


4. The Legal Journey to Improved Farm Animal Welfare

Heleen van de Weerd and Jon Day (Cerebrus Associates, UK)

5. Consumers, Corporate Policy and Animal Welfare: How Societal Demands are Shaping the Food Industry’s Approach to Farm Animal Welfare

Sally Healy (Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Australia)

6. The Power of Partnership: A Personal Perspective on the Role of NGO Corporate Engagement in Setting Food Industry Farm Animal Welfare Standards

Jemima Jewell (Compassion in World Farming, UK)

7. Farm Animal Welfare as an Investment Issue

Rory Sullivan (University of Leeds & Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, UK); Kate Elliot (Rathbone Greenbank Investments, UK); Abigail Herron (Aviva Investors, UK); Helena Viñes Fiestas (BNP Paribas Investment Partners, France); Nicky Amos (Nicky Amos CSR Services & Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, UK)

8. Investor Case Study: Rathbone Greenbank Investments

Kate Elliot (Rathbone Greenbank Investments, UK)

9. Investor Case Study: Aviva Investors

Abigail Herron (Aviva Investors, UK)

10. Investor Case Study: BNP Paribas Investment Partners

Helena Vines Fiestas (BNP Paribas Investment Partners, France)

11. Bringing Farm Animal Welfare to the Consumer's Plate - The Quest for Food Business to Enhance Transparency, Labelling and Consumer Education

Minna Autio (University of Helsinki, Finland); Jaakko Autio (University of Helsinki, Finland); Ari Kuismin (Aalto University School of Business, Finland); Brigit Ramsingh (University of Central Lancashire, UK); Eliisa Kylkilahti (University of Helsinki, Finland)

12. The Human-Animal Bond: A Risk and Asset for Animal-Based Agriculture

Emily Patterson-Kane and Cia Johnson (American Veterinary Medical Association, USA)


13. Global food companies and farm animal welfare: the state of play

Nicky Amos (Nicky Amos CSR Services & Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, UK); Rory Sullivan (University of Leeds & Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, UK)

14. Case Study: Good for You, Good for the Planet

Leonardo Mirone (Barilla Group, Italy)

15. Case Study: Animal Welfare as a Part of the DNA of BRF

Geraldine Kutas (BRF, Brazil)

16. Case Study: Cook and Animal Welfare

Richard Pike (COOK, UK)

17. Case Study: The Business of Farm Animal Welfare at Greggs

Malcolm Copland (Greggs Plc, UK)

18. Case Study: Animal Welfare at the Epicentre of a Perfect Storm

Steven McLean (Marks & Spencer plc, UK)

19. Case Study: The Co-Op’s Agricultural Journey

Rosie Barraclough and Ciara Gorst (The Co-op, UK)

20. Case Study: Unilever and Farm Animal Welfare

Bronwen Reinhardt (Compassion in World Farming, UK)


21. Revisiting the Business Case for Action

Nicky Amos (Nicky Amos CSR Services & Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, UK); Rory Sullivan (University of Leeds & Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, UK)


22. An Introduction to Farm Animal Production Systems

Heather Pickett (freelance researcher, UK); Inês Ajuda (Compassion in World Farming, UK)

23. An Introduction to the Impacts of Antibiotic Use in Animals on Human Health and Animal Welfare

Ines Ajuda, Vicky Bond and Jemima Jewell (Compassion in World Farming, UK)

24. An Introduction to Animal Welfare Issues in Aquaculture

Martin Cooke (World Animal Protection, UK)

25. Farm Animal Welfare: Disclosure Practices and Expectations

Rory Sullivan (University of Leeds & Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, UK); Nicky Amos (Nicky Amos CSR Services & Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, UK)

About the Editors

Nicky Amos is the Executive Director of the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare.

Rory Sullivan is Expert Advisor to the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare.

About the Series

The Responsible Investment Series

The Routledge Responsible Investment series has established itself as the most authoritative forum for outstanding empirical and theoretical work on all aspects of responsible investment. We are now accepting proposals for 2019 and 2020.

We welcome proposals books and edited collections on the following topics:

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  • Responsible investment in different geographies.
  • The implementation of responsible investment by different actors (e.g. pension funds, asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds, insurance companies), and in different geographic regions.
  • The role that has been played by collaborative initiatives such as the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, UNEPFI and the investor networks on climate change.
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Reflecting the changing landscape of responsible investment, we are particularly interested in the question of impact. We welcome proposals that critically engage with and analyse the contribution that investment makes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to delivering the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and to enhancing the stability and resilience of economic and financial systems.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics