IFC publishes Good Practice Note on Improving Animal Welfare

On December 31, 2014, the IFC published its latest Good Practice Note on Animal Welfare, a revision of the 2006 Good Practice Note on Animal Welfare. Input was provided by, amongst others, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Atradius Dutch State Business – Export Credit Agency, and the Office of the Netherlands Executive Director.animal welfare note

This Good Practice Note contributes to IFC’s continued commitment to supporting clients in a responsible and forward-looking approach to traditional livestock production (dairy, beef, broiler chickens, layer chickens, pigs, and ducks) and to aquaculture in intensive and extensive systems to, among other things, help producers access and maintain entry to high quality and value market segments.

This Note describes a range of animal welfare good practice and complements IFC’s Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability (2012), in particular animal husbandry requirements for IFC clients as reflected in Performance Standard 6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources. The Note also describes IFC’s approach to animal welfare, including details on IFC’s approach to due diligence.

The full note can be accessed on the IFC website. A tip sheet on the key changes to the IFC’s 2006 Good Practice Note can be viewed here: Animal_Welfare_Key_Changes_December_2014_final