AMP CAPITAL ETHICAL LEADERS FUND HAS BECOME THE LATEST INVESTOR TO JOIN THE BBFAW GLOBAL INVESTOR STATEMENT AND BBFAW GLOBAL INVESTOR COLLABORATION ON FARM ANIMAL WELFARE.
Signatories of the Investor Collaboration provide a clear signal to companies - including food producers, retailers and wholesalers, and restaurants and bars – of the significance of farm animal welfare as a material investment risk and opportunity and the expectations of food companies in their farm animal welfare management practices and processes.
The Collaboration is now supported by 30 institutional investors representing £2.3 trillion in assets under management. The participants are:
Aberdeen Standard Investments, ACTIAM, AMP Capital Ethical Leaders Fund, Australian Ethical Investments, Aviva Investors, Bâtirente, BMO Asset Management, BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Boston Trust Walden, Brunel Pension Partnership, Candriam, Castlefield Investment Partners LLP, the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church, Coller Capital, EdenTree Investment Management, Epworth Investment Management, Ethical Partners Funds Management, Hexavest, Karner Blue Capital, KBI Global Investors, NEI Investments, Rathbone Greenbank Investments, Robeco, Le Regroupement pour la responsabilité sociale des entreprises, Schroders, Simplicity AB, Sonen Capital, The Sustainability Group of Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge Trust, Trillium Asset Management and Triodos Bank.
Kristen Le Mesurier, Portfolio Manager, AMP Capital Ethical Leaders Fund commented: "We recognise our asset stewardship responsibilities to influence the board and management teams of investee companies and assets to contribute to better business and societal outcomes. We are pleased to support the work of the BBFAW to help improve animal welfare standards."
Dr Rory Sullivan, Expert Advisor to BBFAW commented: “Investors have a key role to play in improving standards of farm animal welfare across the food industry and AMP Capital Ethical Leaders Fund signing the BBFAW Investor Collaboration is further evidence that farm animal welfare is an issue of importance for investors in Australia and New Zealand.”
On 2 April 2020, we launched the 8th Annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report in a series of three webinars, involving 225 participants representing food companies, institutional investors, civil society organisations and academic institutions in 14 countries. This note provides a summary of the presentations and of the key questions raised by participants.30th April 2020
In response to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) global health crisis, the BBFAW has decided to move the period for company assessments for the 2020 Benchmark to October and November 2020.9th April 2020