Ensuring that the animals who provide fairlife dairy products are cared for and cared about is a top priority for fairlife. It is our ethical responsibility and mission to work with our supplying farmers and our Animal Welfare Advisory Council to explore, innovate, and implement animal welfare practices that both allow cows to have a quality of life where their physical, mental, and behavioral well-being are accommodated and reflect our customers’ expectations of responsible farming, strong governance, and transparency.
Our commitment to animal welfare is a key part of our pledge to provide you and your family with safe, highly nutritious products. This is a commitment that we share with our supplying farm partners. We understand that providing cows with great nutrition, along with maintaining clean, safe, comfortable environments, is not only important to their overall well-being, but leads to great-tasting, high-quality milk.
Our holistic approach to animal welfare has four parts:
We’re committed to learning and leading. That’s why we’ve established the fairlife Animal Welfare Advisory Council, an independent council that will consist of nationally and internationally recognized experts in animal welfare. This council, in collaboration with our supplying farmers and other industry leaders, makes sure that our standards are grounded in the latest scientific research, ultimately resulting in exploring innovative animal welfare solutions. In addition, we’re making significant investments in collaboration with our farmer partners to enable the implementation of our evolving approaches to animal care.
We partner with like-minded farmers who are mutually committed to our belief and compassion for continuously improving animal welfare and worker engagement. It takes an investment to develop, innovate, and improve upon all areas of our animal welfare program. As a reflection of our mutual commitment, we support and encourage our supplying farmers by compensating them for their innovative approaches to continuous animal welfare improvement.
Animals need and deserve more than the bare essentials, which is why we and our farming partners are working to create policies and robust animal care standards that reinforce these values. Our leadership team is working closely with the fairlife Animal Welfare Advisory Council to maintain comprehensive animal welfare standards.
Audits alone cannot ensure animal welfare. More critical is the need to drive a strong culture that consistently and continuously enables the care and well-being of animals 24-7. With that said, well-planned auditing processes of our farms, conducted independently and routinely, reinforce our commitment to our standards of daily on-farm animal care and continuous improvement.
Every farm in our supply chain is subject to regular third-party unannounced audits. Issues identified during audits will be acted upon with urgency, to ensure that any undesirable actions or behaviors are addressed swiftly and appropriately.