Nando’s plans to work with its suppliers to improve chicken welfare standards in its UK and Ireland supply chains.
Nando’s announced its public commitment to improve the living conditions and welfare of chickens and said it would “simultaneously help fight climate change”.
The restaurant chain said it will require suppliers of fresh, processed and frozen chicken in its supply chain to comply with EU animal welfare laws and adopt breeds that “demonstrate higher welfare outcomes” by 2026.
Chickens must also have access to perches, pecking substrates and natural light with “no cages or multi-tier systems”, Nando’s said.
The company added it would move to halve the carbon footprint of an average meal by 2030 through renewable energy, increasing plant-based offerings and working with suppliers to reduce their carbon footprints, particularly in chicken feed.
“Higher welfare chickens typically have a higher carbon footprint, so we have committed to a fully-integrated approach which ensures these two important issues go hand-in-hand as we collectively work towards a healthier, happier and more sustainable planet,” the restaurant said.
Colin Hill, Nando’s CEO for the UK and Ireland, said: “Over the last four years our sustainability initiatives have significantly reduced our carbon footprint, but we are launching ambitious new commitments which will set a strong example for what our industry can do to make a genuine difference.
“With these targets, we will become the first in our industry to combine improvements in environmental sustainability with animal welfare.”
In May, Nando’s joined retailers including KFC, Marks and Spencer and Waitrose in signing up to the Better Chicken Commitment, an initiative to provide better welfare for chickens.
Earlier this year, Nando's scored 'poor' in World Animal Protection's report on chicken welfare.
Tracey Jones, global director of food business at charity Compassion in World Farming, said: “I am delighted to see such a popular brand like Nando’s, famous for their peri-peri chicken, championing the move for better chicken welfare. It’s the right thing to do and the team at Nando’s are committed to getting the job done.
“Nando’s has made this commitment at a time of great uncertainty, particularly in the food service sector, as the world deals with the effects of Covid-19. Now, more than ever, responsible food production with the animal and environment at its heart, is of the utmost importance and we applaud Nando’s forging ahead with their plans.”
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