Global foodservice company Compass Group has committed to higher welfare of broiler chickens across Europe as part of the European Chicken Commitment (ECC).

The company will aim to meet the ECC standards by 2026. 

These standards include complying with all EU animal welfare laws and regulations irrespective of the country of production; implementing a maximum stocking density of 30kg/m² or less.

Additional measures include adopting breeds that demonstrate higher welfare outcomes; more humane stunning methods; meet improved environmental standards, auditing and more.

Compass Group safety and sustainability director Federico Tonetti said: “The welfare of farm animals within our global supply chain is important to us and is a key element of our sustainability strategy.

“As a founding member of the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW), a global platform launched in October 2018 that unites seven major food businesses and animal welfare experts in advancing animal welfare globally, we identified improved broiler chicken welfare as a key priority for our business.

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“Underpinning this commitment is the need for our farmers, processors and supply chain partners to mobilise as one with the wider industry, to drive these welfare improvements forward, and we look forward to working with them.”

Compass Group had committed to source 100% cage-free shell eggs and liquid egg products across Europe by 2025.

The company is currently sourcing 91% certified cage-free shell eggs in the US.

This commitment is part of the company’s nine action platforms within its Group Sustainability Strategy. It is aimed at improving its animal welfare practices across the global supply chain.

To achieve this commitment, the company is working with various partners such as Compassion in World Farming, Humane Society International and The Humane League.

Earlier this month, French retailer Casino Group has completed the sale of its contract catering services business R2C to Compass Group for an undisclosed value.