Benchmark

The BBFAW analyses the farm animal welfare policies, management systems, reporting and performance of 150 of the world’s largest food companies


The Benchmark, now in its ninth year, assesses companies across 37 distinct, objective criteria. As such, it is the most authoritative and comprehensive global account of corporate practice on farm animal welfare

In addition to the 2020 Benchmark results presented below, the BBFAW 2020 Report contains the key findings and analysis.

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Explore the full 2012-2020 Benchmark data below – select your areas of interest using the filters

Companies continue to make progress in the Benchmark, showing farm animal welfare remains a business priority.

In the 2020 Benchmark, 23 companies have moved up at least one Tier and the overall average score has continued to increase, marginally, to 35% in 2020, from 34% in 2019, indicating that animal welfare has continued to receive sustained management attention.

Table 1.1: BBFAW Tiers
Tier Percentage Score
1. The company has taken a leadership position on farm animal welfare > 80%
2. The company has made farm animal welfare an integral part of its business strategy 62 - 80%
3. The company has an established approach to a farm animal welfare but has more work to do to ensure it is effectively implemented 44 - 61%
4. The company is making progress on implementing its policies and commitments on farm animal welfare 27 - 43%
5. The company has identified farm animal welfare as a business issue but provides limited evidence that it is managing the issue effectively 11 - 26%
6. The company provides limited if any evidence that it recognises farm animal welfare as a business issue < 11%
Progress continues but welfare 'impact' remains under-reported Producers and Manufacturers are now the highest-scoring sub-sector in the Benchmark Average scores for Producers and Manufacturers in Latin America have increased significantly in 2020 Increasing proportions of companies now have commitments to improving key farm animal welfare issues More companies are reporting their performance across the specific welfare topics covered by the Benchmark
Read the BBFAW 2020 Report:
BBFAW 2020 Report
For a full description of the Benchmark methodology, see the: BBFAW 2020 Methodology Report