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Animal welfare

At Whitbread, our mission is to serve great tasting, good quality and responsibly sourced food allowing our guests to make credible meal choices with honest, accessible and clear information.

Animal welfare is crucially important to us as a business which means working with suppliers who can demonstrate their management of good animal welfare back to farms. This is why Whitbread has committed to achieving 100% cage free status on all whole shell eggs by the end of 2020 and to sourcing 100% cage free eggs for all ingredient egg products by 2025 across all its brands in the UK and Germany.

We recognise our responsibility to ensure high welfare standards are met throughout our supply chain and that the welfare of the animal continues to be a priority. We are proud to be a business that sets itself these high standards and who demonstrates a proactive approach to this issue.

As a purchaser of meat and meat products, we recognise that our influence must focus first and foremost on our direct suppliers. We are dedicated to working with suppliers who are committed to best practice in animal welfare management and will work with them to ensure that the right standards are being met.

Our Animal Welfare standards:

Across our businesses, we are committed to ensuring all our meat suppliers operate in conjunction with the ‘Five Freedoms’ principle proposed by the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC). These five freedoms mean that animals in the supply chain experience:

1. Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour

2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area

3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment

4. Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind

5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering 

The detailed standards we require all our meat suppliers to comply with are outlined in our Animal Welfare Policy.

For each species that we source, we apply further standards specific to the needs of that animal. Please see our 'other policies' section under sustainability for further information and links to individual policies.

To read more about our targets, commitments and performance against the standards set in our Policies, please click here.

Animal Welfare Key Performance Indicators 2020

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