As a responsible retailer, Casino Group aims to conduct a proactive policy to improve animal welfare in its supply chain and meet societal expectations of today.
In order to foster continuous improvement, Casino Group values dialogue with the different stakeholders, including NGOs, vets, suppliers and production channels, consumers and employees. With this approach, the Group wants to improve and broaden its product offering that better respects animal welfare, enabling customers to consume higher quality products that also guarantee a better farm animal care.
The approach involves controlling conditions in which livestock is reared, transported and slaughtered, and also supporting production channels to implement better farming practices for animal welfare.
Since 2013, Monoprix was the first retailer to remove from sale eggs from caged hens under its private label and replace them with free-range or organic eggs. In April 2016, Monoprix went a step further by removing from sale all eggs from caged hens, across all brands. All the French banners in Casino Group have since made the commitment to stop selling eggs from caged hens in their stores by 2020. On June 30, 2018, in all the French banners of the Group, 67% of the eggs sold were cage-free eggs – against 33% laid by hens kept indoor or caged hens.
In Brazil, GPA has committed to removing eggs from caged hens from sale by 2025 across its own brands, in line with the public health regulations and requirements set out by the Brazilian Minister for Agriculture.
Also in France, the Casino Group banners will no longer use egg products from caged hens in all their private-label products by 2025. This commitment extends beyond the one already taken for regular eggshells.
On December 2018, Casino Group joined hands with three independent organizations recognized for their expertise in favor of animal welfare (Compassion In World Farming France, La Fondation Droit Animal, éthique et sciences and the association Œuvre d’Assistance aux bêtes d’Abattoirs) to offer the first labeling on animal welfare. This approach, unprecedented in France, aims at strengthening transparency on animals’ breeding, transport and slaughter conditions and therefore at giving clear and reliable information to the consumers.