Animal Welfare and Major European Food Retailers

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 (2024) Animal Welfare and Major European Food Retailers. In: Agribusiness Innovation and Contextual Evolution, Volume 1. Palgrave Intersections of Business and the Sciences, in association with Gnosis Mediterranean Institute for Management Science (PIBSAG) . Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 77-101. ISBN 9783031457388

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Animal welfare has become an important of element in food marketing and large food retailers, who have a pivotal role in food supply chains and can thus influence patterns of both food production and consumption, have been increasingly emphasisng their animal welfare policies in their retail offer. However, food retailers’ approaches to animal welfare, have received relatively little attention in the academic literature, and this chapter looks to further contribute to this work by reviewing, and reflecting on, how some of the European Union’s leading food retailers have addressed animal welfare. The findings suggest that six themes, namely, strategic corporate commitments; general and specific, policies on animals and animal food products; supply chains; labelling; inspections and audits; and cross-industry initiatives; collectively captured and illustrated the food retailers’ approach to animal welfare. Further, a number of other issues about the food retailers’ approach to animal welfare including the aspirational nature of their commitments, the efficacy of audits and labelling, the role of animal welfare pressure groups and campaigns, and the impact of COVID-19, are also discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5387 Business Ethics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 22 May 2024 13:13
Last Modified: 22 May 2024 13:15

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