This year, 34 awards were given across the UK, EU, China and the US. Compassion said that they recognise projects that will benefit the lives of 28 million animals each year.
This takes the overall impact of CIWF’s Food Business programme to date, through awards, partnership projects and corporate pledges, to over 2 billion animals annually.
Dr Tracey Jones, Director of Food Business said: “Despite these challenging times it has been truly heartening to see companies move forwards with their commitments to animal welfare. Although many businesses have been closed, and for some these are incredibly uncertain times, it is encouraging to see that farm animal welfare is still central to business plans for our future food.
“Farm animal welfare is not just for the good times or the niche products - every animal reared for food deserves a good quality of life. As we emerge from this pandemic there is much to learn, none more so than how we balance the relationship between the food we eat, its impact on the environment, natural resources and rich biodiversity of our fragile planet, and the health and livelihoods of its people. Never in our history has it been so urgent to build a more resilient sustainable food system with animal welfare at its heart. Our corporate partners are on that journey and we will continue to work with them to drive this much needed change.”
Scroll through the gallery to see what businesses have been commended for their efforts to improve the welfare of farm animals in their supply chains.