Animal Welfare and UK Food Retailers

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 and Comfort, Daphne (2021) Animal Welfare and UK Food Retailers. International Journal of Sales, Retailing and Marketing, 10 (1). pp. 14-22.

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Abstract

This paper offers an exploratory review of how the UK’s leading 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 companies 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, animal welfare pressure groups, and the impact of COVID-19. The paper offers an accessible review how some of the UK’s leading food retailers have publicly addressed the issue of animal welfare.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animal welfare; animal welfare statements; food retailers; supply chain; audit; external assurance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5387 Business Ethics
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5428 Retail Trade
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Gloucestershire Business School > Strategy, Enterprise Leadership and Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 12:17
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2021 07:11
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/9499

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