Our Responsability

We continue with an attentive and integrated look at Animal Welfare.

BRF wants to positively transform its whole production chain by performing in an increasingly ethical and responsible manner. For this reason, it promotes the best animal welfare practices in an integrated and comprehensive fashion, with everyone that is part of its chain, including partners and suppliers.

Our global program Animal Welfare Made in BRF sets our rules for breeding, transporting and slaughtering animals, establishing policies, standards, processes, indicators and continuous training, while respecting the environmental, cultural, climatic or religious specificities of each location where we operate. The program includes assessment of gaps and opportunities, with a short, medium and long-term action plan.

Animal welfare made in BRF

The Animal Welfare program is based on the concept of the 5 domains of Animal Welfare, which considers the physiological state of animals, their behavior and mental state. This concept is a development of the 5 freedoms established in 1979 by the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC).

1
Nutrition

Proper consumption of nutritious food for a pleasant experience.

2
Environment

Good conditions that offer comfort and safety.

3
Health

Animal care procedures for robustness and vitality.

4
Behavior

Varied activities and rewarding challenges.

5
Mental state

Prioritizing comfort, interest and trust to avoid negative experiences.

Animal welfare experts across the BRF chain

We have Animal Welfare Officers throughout the BRF production chain, from the breeding stage, through transport and delivery. These professionals are leaders, role models in their area of expertise and have autonomy and authority over the process.

ANIMAL WELFARE MADE IN BRF

For all of this to run smoothly, BRF created the program Animal Welfare Made in BRF. This Program has existed since 2015 and works around six pillars:

1

Proper nutrition

2

Proper environment

3

Good health conditions

4

Natural behavior

5

Humanitarian management

6

Capacity-building and awareness-raising

The program Animal Welfare Made in BRF engages multiple company teams at all levels, including the senior management.

The key indicators and the evolution of public commitments are monthly discussed by the directors of agricultural and industrial operations, and by the vice presidency of Quality, R&D and Sustainability.

There is also a diverse group of specialists available. All decisions regarding animal care and facilities are subject to approval by the technical teams.

Below is the governance assigned to address this commitment

Continuous progress supported by partners

We seek to identifying opportunities for improvement that have proven to contribute to the welfare of animals, so since 2014, we have been collaborating with the NGO World Animal Protection (WAP). With the WAP, we track the actions taken and measure our progress on a quarterly basis.

We participate in animal welfare discussions with sectoral entities, such as the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) and the International Poultry Council, of which we are members.

Besides, by sharing our technical knowledge and providing access to our production units, we generate knowledge and research within the Brazilian reality, through institutions such as EMBRAPA (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation), University of São Paulo (USP), Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and Federal University of Paraná (UFPR).

We are active members of the 3Ts Alliance group, the World Animal Protection and we work with a group of global experts who work collaboratively to study and eliminate tail cutting, tooth cutting and surgical castration of pigs. The ultimate goal of the Alliance is to use the information gathered to develop an evidence-based case to be brought to the industry on a global scale, to support the welfare of pigs.

International ranking Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW)

BRF’s commitment and transparency are recognized by its presence in level 2 of the international ranking Business Benchmark Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) for two consecutive years (2016 and 2017) and its current position in level 3 (2018 and 2019).

Learn more

Take a look at the company’s business case in the booklet UN Global Compact Food and Agriculture — Business Principles as Guidelines for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our responsibility

The basis of our chain are the animals and ensuring animal welfare is fundamental at BRF. That is why we work to improve the quality of life of animals both in and out of BRF.