Sodexo's action is noteworthy not only because of its scale, but also its timing. Within the last six months, we've seen major announcements from Nestlé, Heinz, and Starbucks on the farm animal protection front, including a move away from battery cages.
Sodexo's updated animal welfare policy covers other issues as well. Within two years, all its veal will come from operations that have abandoned cruel crates. It is reinforcing its previous pledge to eliminate gestation crates within the next seven years. And it is also taking on painful procedures typically done without pain relief, such as castration, tail docking, and dehorning.
I'm a firm believer that corporations have so much untapped power to do good for animals. Sodexo's staff believed they have a duty to honor animal welfare values, and they are making good on that by making dramatic changes in their procurement practices. We hope their stellar work inspires others, whether in the food or fashion or scientific sectors of the economy, to make good decisions when it comes to the treatment of animals.