To be the world leader in animal welfare through compassionate care based in sound science.
Caring about animals is inherent to who we are as a company. Our approach is grounded in sound science and the latest animal welfare research. This includes careful measurement of inputs and outcomes. We trust the animals to show us what types of environments best suit them, and use their demonstrated preferences to guide our decisions. We also use ongoing research and engagement with experts to continuously improve the welfare of the animals entrusted to our care.
Our commitment to animal welfare includes investments in:
- People: We have an unparalleled structure to support welfare culture and performance throughout our business. This includes our Office of Animal Welfare, which reports directly to the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) who sits on the Executive Leadership Team. We also have our Animal Welfare Advisory Panel, and animal welfare specialists embedded within our business units who help promote the importance of animal welfare across our company. Tyson Foods provides comprehensive instruction on best practices and processes for animal handling to our team members. Through this training we establish expectations and demand accountability.
- Equipment and Facilities: At the Tyson Foods Center for Sustainable Broiler Welfare Research, which includes our Broiler Welfare Research Farm and our Concept Farm, we are piloting new approaches that will help us make recommendations to farmers and other stakeholders to further improve broiler welfare.
- Research: In FY2019, we invested more than $1,367,500 in welfare research and education. We leverage our proprietary research farms, as well as partnerships with other organizations that have an interest in advancing animal health and welfare. Our research focus is on welfare outcomes, such as mobility in cattle or paw scores in broilers. We use key welfare indicators to measure improvement, and transparently report our progress as well as challenges and opportunities. This research is holistic in nature, evaluating the impact of practices on welfare, environmental indicators and economics.
Learn more about the actions we’re taking in the sections that follow.