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ABsolutely Catering awarded for contribution to farm animal welfare

Posted by Stephanie Broad | September 09, 2015 | Catering & hospitality

Education caterer, ABsolutely Catering was recently awarded a Good Egg Award by Compassion in World Farming in recognition of their commitment to laying hen welfare. 

Compassion’s Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards recognise food companies that are making it their policy to produce and source higher welfare eggs, meat and dairy produce. 

ABsolutely have a strong track record when it comes to their corporate social responsibility. In 2014, they became the first schools’ caterer to achieve the top-level three-star rating from The Sustainable Restaurant Association. This latest accolade is further evidence of the emphasis the caterer places on the environment and farm animal welfare. 

Sharon Linney, Operations Director of ABsolutely Catering, said: “We are continuously looking at ways to ensure we are a sustainable business. As such, our employee led Corporate Social Responsibility programme, known as Planet Matters, includes several initiatives that help towards the protection of our world for both humans and animals. It is with great pride that our efforts in farm animal welfare have been acknowledged by Compassion in World Farming.” 

Compassion has run its flagship scheme, the Good Egg Award, since 2007 to celebrate organisations that source only cage-free eggs. The programme has now expanded to include the Good Chicken Award, launched in 2010, the Good Dairy Award in 2011,Good Pig Award in 2012 and the Good Rabbit Award in 2015. 

Over 257 million hens, chickens, pigs and dairy cows and calves are now set to benefit each year as a result of award winners’ policies. 

Tracey Jones, Director of Food Business at Compassion in World Farming, said: "It is so great to see ABsolutely Catering taking animal welfare into consideration as part of their sourcing policy. Higher welfare produce isn't just the responsibility of the large corporations, but something that can be achieved at all levels. Well done to ABsolutely Catering - keep up the good work!"    

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