Animal Welfare and Major Food Retailers

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 and Comfort, Daphne (2020) Animal Welfare and Major Food Retailers. Athens Journal of Business and Economics. (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper offers an exploratory review of how some of the major US and European food retailers have publicly addressed animal welfare. The findings reveal that six interlinked themes, namely, strategic corporate commitment, animal welfare as good business policy, a focus on supply chains, policies on specific categories of animals and animal products, antibiotics, and auditing, illustrated the food retailers’ approach to animal welfare. The authors raise a range of issues about the retailers’ approach to animal welfare, including the aspirational nature of their commitments, the emphasis on regular audits, the role of external assurance in the reporting process, pressure from animal welfare campaigns, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper offers an accessible review how some of the major US and European food retailers have publicly addressed the issue of animal welfare. Keywords:

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: animal welfare; animal welfare statements; food retailers; supply chain; audit; external assurance
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5428 Retail Trade
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business > Business, Entrepreneurship and Financial Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2020 15:54
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2021 14:45
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/9198

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