Castlefield Investment Partners LLP has become the latest institutional investor to sign the Global Investor Statement on Farm Animal Welfare. In total the Statement now has 23 signatories representing approximately £1.83 trillion in assets under management.
The signatories state that they believe that farm animal welfare is potentially material to long-term investment value creation in the food sector. They commit to taking account of farm animal welfare when analysing food companies and to encouraging high standards across the food industry. They also point to the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare as a framework that can be used by companies and by investors to guide their work on farm animal welfare.
The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare Programme Director, Nicky Amos, commented: “The fact that 23 institutional investors have now signed the Global Investor Statement on Farm Animal Welfare is further evidence that farm animal welfare is now recognised as an important source of investment risk and opportunity”.
Simon Holman, Partner, Investment Management, Castlefield Investment Partners LLP commented: “Castlefield places a great deal of importance on farm animal welfare. We as investors believe that encouraging company boards to consider such welfare when making business decisions benefits the company, shareholders, society and the environment. This means that implementing progressive policies on animal welfare is both compassionate and financially prudent".
Dr Rory Sullivan, Expert Advisor to the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, added: “The importance of investors signing the Global Investor Statement on Farm Animal Welfare should not be underestimated. It signals to companies that this is an important issue for investors, and it challenges other investors to take action on farm animal welfare”.
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