December 21, 2016
AccorHotels raises the bar for welfare of egg-laying hens
Leading hotel chain partners with Humane Society International to implement a global free-range egg policy
AccorHotels announced today that it is partnering with Humane Society International to implement its global free-range egg policy. AccorHotels will eliminate caged eggs from its liquid and shell egg supply chain in Europe by 2020, and in remaining markets within 8 years.
The company operates nearly 4,000 hotels across 95 countries including Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel, onefinestay, Pullman, Swissôtel, Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter, Adagio and Ibis.
Chetana Mirle, director of farm animals for Humane Society International, said: “By becoming the first hotel chain to commit to a global free-range egg policy, AccorHotels has raised the bar for animal welfare in the hospitality industry. We commend AccorHotels for their leadership, and look forward to working with other companies to eliminate battery cages from their egg supply chains throughout the world.”
Chief Executive Officer Amir Nahai of Accor Group Food & Beverage, said “Our Healthy and Sustainable Food Charter shows how determined we are to enhance the quality of the meals we serve our guests. We are focusing on guests’ health as much as on giving farmers fair deals, protecting the environment and protecting animal welfare. We are teaming up with Humane Society International for all these reasons.”
Egg-laying hens are often confined for their whole lives in wire battery cages, in spaces so small they cannot even fully stretch their wings. The use of conventional battery cages for laying hens is either banned or being phased out under laws or regulations throughout the EU, six U.S. states, New Zealand and Bhutan. The majority of states in India, the world’s third largest egg producer, have declared that the use of battery cages violates the country’s animal welfare legislation, and the country is debating a national ban. Free-range hens are not reared in cages, and have access to the outdoors. If outdoor access is prohibited by law or regulation, Accor will observe a cage-free policy for sourcing eggs.
A growing number of companies have set timelines for phasing out caged eggs from their global supply chains including Sodexo, Compass Group, Unilever, and Grupo Bimbo. More than 60 food companies, including McDonald’s and Burger King, have announced a complete transition to cage-free eggs in the U.S. and other regions of the world.
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