Vion scores high on global benchmark on animal welfare management and transparency for food companies

Date: 04-04-2019

Boxtel, 4 April 2019 – In the new sustainability report 2018 Vion states that it has risen to level 2 on the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW). This ranking list analyses the 150 largest food companies in the world and is deemed to be the leading global benchmark for farm animal welfare management and transparency.

“The impact of our activities reflects on our farmers and customers.”
Ronald Lotgerink, CEO of Vion: “Every day more than 100 million people worldwide eat a Vion product. The responsibility that comes with this is part of our operations and of the talks we have with our employees, suppliers and customers each day. We also take an active part in discussions about food safety, meat consumption, animal welfare and public health, and we engage in discussions with authorities, focusing on creating a balance in the pig and cattle population. I am particularly proud that we have risen on the global ranking list BBFAW for the third year in a row. Our activities are naturally linked to our farmers and customers, and I would like to thank them for their efforts in the supply chain, of which all of us are a part.”

Highlights of Vion’s sustainability report

As a top athlete, 25 grams of protein six times a day
Today, Vion will publish its Corporate Social Responsibility report 2018 (CSR). Via interviews the report goes into more detail on the nutritional value of meat for, among others, top athletes such as Tom Dumoulin, who consumes 25 grams of protein six times a day. Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Carola Schouten emphasises the importance of our farmers as the basis of our food systems in our society.

Last year, Vion was the first company in Germany to be certified according to the criteria of the German animal welfare organisation for dairy cows. In addition, De Groene Weg, the brand for Vion’s organic meat, launched an EKO code for its pork supply chain in order to make its food production process more sustainable. In South Korea, Vion won the Hamel Business Award for its investments in sustainability and animal welfare. This year, Vion will invest €35 million in its Boxtel location. By working more sustainably at this location, the company will save more than a million kilometres on transport.

Click here for the CSR report 2018