Tulip has been awarded with the highest benchmark rating for its animal welfare standards following a privately commissioned assessment by the world-renowned ‘Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare’ (BBFAW).
BBFAW, supported by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection, is the leading measure of company performance on farm animal welfare, looking at published evidence of animal welfare management, policy commitment, performance and reporting.
The independent assessment measured Tulip against exactly the same criteria used in the 2019 global Business Benchmark of 150 worldwide companies. The results confirm Tulip’s position as a leader in farm animal welfare as both a food processor and pig producer and coincides with the 40th anniversary of BQP – Tulip’s in-house 100% higher welfare agricultural operation.
Tulip Ltd is the UK’s leading integrated pig producer and processor. All pigs produced within its own farming division are produced to higher welfare standards and are RSPCA Assured, while all pigs independently supplied to Tulip via third party producers are a minimum of Red Tractor or Quality Meat Scotland assured with some also meeting the RSPCA Assured standard.
Nicky Amos, BBFAW Executive Director, commented, “This privately commissioned assessment highlights the considerable efforts being made by Tulip Ltd to both integrate farm animal welfare into its business strategy and to use its influence to drive up welfare standards within the industry. We congratulate Tulip on this achievement.”
Andrew Saunders, Agriculture Director at Tulip Ltd, said: “We always strive to ensure we are leading the way in higher animal welfare standards and this independent assessment by the BBFAW is a major affirmation of our hard work. We’re the largest pig farmer and producer of higher welfare pork in the UK so this an important recognition of our commitment to upholding standards and driving innovation in animal welfare.”
“We collaborate closely with leading industry bodies, councils and working groups to support initiatives that drive improvements in animal welfare. Current projects are focused on improving pig health and welfare, with specific projects including examining pig behaviour and improving pig accommodation at farm and processing facilities to maximise pig well-being.”