As well as 2 Sisters Food Group, coffee chain Starbucks the coffee shop chain has also pledged its commitment to animal welfare.
GCAW is an industry-led global collaborative platform, established in 2018, and built to enable food companies to collectively address systemic barriers to improving animal welfare, and accelerate food industry progress on key welfare issues.
Its members include some of the largest and most well-known names in international foodservice, food retail and food production including Aramark, Compass Group, Elior Group, IKEA Food Services, Maple Leaf Foods, Nestlé, Sodexo, Tesco, The Cheesecake Factory, The Kroger Co., Tyson Foods, and Unilever. The addition of Starbucks and 2 Sisters Food Group brings the total number of GCAW members to 14.
GCAW is currently focussed on three species-specific priority workstreams which aim to harness best practice and catalyse systemic change in the welfare of laying hens, broiler chickens and pigs.
2 Sisters Food Group agriculture director Nick Davies said: “We’re delighted to join the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare. We are committed to maintaining and further enhancing best-in-class welfare standards across our agricultural estate and are always keen to trial and develop new concepts in the field.
“Partnering with GCAW underlines our shared objectives to further improve the welfare of animals, building sustainable supply chains and deliver what we and our consumers are increasingly striving for. Being part of GCAW enables us to be part of global insights, and participate in thought-provoking discussion so we can make informed decisions in the future.”
Dr Birte Nielsen, independent chair of GCAW said: “Starbucks and 2 Sisters Food Group join GCAW at a time when the coalition is embarking on a programme of expansion of its membership base and its species focus areas.
"The coalition has doubled in size from 7 to 14 members in the past 18 months and its members are making decisive progress on their collective objectives which recognise the inextricable link between improving the welfare of animals, building sustainable supply chains and delivering successful and resilient businesses.”