Our Sourcing Policy Steering Group are responsible for setting the overarching policy relating to animal welfare, environmental and social equity matters. This group includes senior members of the Food Trading and Food Safety teams.
The Steering Group, chaired by the Director of Food Trading, meet on a bi-monthly basis to discuss developments in strategy, policy and status.
Regular reports on status and progress towards compliance are sent to the Commercial and Marketing Director, who is a member of the Executive Committee. These reports provide briefing notes for the Board, as necessary.
Strategy Owners and Reporting Lines
Training and Knowledge Transfer
In acknowledgment of the importance of animal welfare to our Sourcing Policy and Procurement strategies, Mitchells & Butlers have developed a bespoke animal welfare training programme for their procurement, technical and food development teams.
The first Animal Welfare Workshop was completed in May 2019 and included contributions from Compassion in World Farming and the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare. The Workshop also included the sharing of best practice on key welfare matters by Mitchells & Butlers leading category suppliers for poultry, pigs, beef, dairy and finfish. This Workshop is being progressed by the development of an internal digital learning platform, to support and advise all team members responsible for food procurement, menu development and supplier auditing of ongoing welfare matters. The second Welfare Workshop is scheduled for Spring 2021*
Mitchells & Butlers are also looking to introduce a Supplier Forum in Spring 2021* for our food suppliers to share best practice on animal welfare matters and measuring welfare outcomes. The aim of this will also be to equip non-integrated protein suppliers with the relevant expertise required to ensure all proteins purchased and used as an ingredient are actioned in accordance with the requirements of the Sourcing Policy.
*Initial timelines for the second Animal Welfare Workshop and the introduction of a Supplier Forum are subject to change, due to the legislative guidelines in place during the Coronavirus pandemic and their effect on the usual business arrangements of Mitchells & Butlers and it’s food suppliers. The revised dates as currently shown are also subject to alteration.
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