A Case Study of Animal Welfare and the UK's Leading Restaurant Companies

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 and Comfort, Daphne (2021) A Case Study of Animal Welfare and the UK's Leading Restaurant Companies. International Journal of Management Cases, 23 (2). pp. 34-45.

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Restaurants are intimately bound up with animal welfare, in that a food offer is their raison d’etre, but the issue of animal welfare in the restaurant industry has received little attention in the academic literature. This exploratory case study looks to add to this literature by reviewing how the leading UK restaurant companies have publicly addressed animal welfare. The case study identifies, and daws out, five themes, namely strategic corporate commitment, a focus on supply chains, policies on specific categories of animals and food products, auditing, and welfare performance, that illustrate/capture the approach the leading restaurant companies in the UK have taken to animal welfare. The authors also raise a number of wider issues about the restaurant companies approach to animal welfare, including the aspirational nature of their commitments, the emphasis on audits, the role of animal welfare pressure groups and campaigns, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animal welfare; Animal welfare policies; UK restaurants; Auditing; Welfare performance
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: 30 Mar 2021 13:06
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2023 09:10
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/9527

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