Compassion in World Farming launched EggTrack four years ago to track food company progress towards their commitments to purchase 100% cage-free eggs, recognizing that while making a commitment is an important first step, real impact for laying hens comes when companies work towards and meet those commitments. By tracking company progress, EggTrack identifies leaders and laggards, encourages and reinforces transparency, and serves as a platform for deeper engagement with Compassion’s Food Business team, which supports companies with strategic analysis, technical resources, and animal welfare expertise.
Compassion in World Farming has also launched ChickenTrack, with annual US progress reports to debut in 2021. See the 2019 ChickenTrack Report for case studies highlighting the work being done to build a higher welfare chicken supply by two of the top chicken producers, Perdue Farms and Wayne Farms.
The global expansion of the tracker is consistent with our objective to create a fully representative snapshot of progress across entire supply chains in the shift to cage-free eggs. This year’s report includes 209 companies, all of which have made a commitment to sourcing only cage-free eggs by 2026 or sooner. Companies were selected based on size, egg footprint, market influence, and commitment deadline, and were asked to publicly disclose their cage-free egg percentages ahead of July 31, 2020. For progress numbers to be included in the annual report and displayed on the tracker, all relevant information must be publicly available on a company’s website or in another relevant document including, but not limited to, an animal welfare policy, an ESG/CSR or progress report, or a press release. A company receives the coveted 100% cage-free badge when it has achieved its goal of ensuring that all egg types used in its supply chain come from cage-free hens.
Companies have been categorized as “global” not based solely on whether they have a global cage-free commitment, but rather on whether the company operates at a global scale. Therefore, companies scoped as global in the tracker may or may not have global commitments, a condition that is noted in the tracker for each company.
We tracked progress against 25 global commitments this year. Companies with commitments outside the list received an “NA” (Not Applicable), since progress was not requested this year, and companies without a global commitment were marked with “NC” (No Commitment). If a company outside of the list of 25 was found to have reported on its global commitment, that progress was included in the tracker as well. We will ask all companies with global commitments to report progress in future iterations of the tracker.
We have structured the report to take a sector-first, rather than region-first, approach. As such, companies are designated within their sectors as a global company, a US-only company, or an EUR-only company. For the purposes of this report, a global company is any company that has operations both inside and outside of the US and EU. Additionally, sectors have been consolidated from the previous US breakdown and expanded from the previous EU breakdown: Companies are now categorized as Food Service & Hospitality, Restaurants, Manufacturers, Retailers & Meal Kits (which includes distributors), or Producers.
Transparent reporting is the cornerstone of EggTrack, as all information in the tracker is based on companies’ publicly disclosed information. Public progress reporting demonstrates that a company holds itself accountable to the commitments it makes—communicating to investors, customers, and other key stakeholders that it takes its social responsibility targets seriously. Additionally, disclosure of progress shows that a company has adequately prioritized their animal welfare commitments, demonstrating a high level of managerial competency.
The data included in this year’s tracker was compiled during the first two weeks of August 2020. Notes and special considerations for how progress is presented in the tracker can be found in the appendix of the PDF report[link]. EggTrack aims to measure progress across a company’s entire supply chain by tracking all the egg types relevant to the business (shell and egg products, including liquid, processed eggs, and eggs used as ingredients). Relevant egg categories vary by company; therefore, EggTrack looks for transparency on the egg categories covered by an individual commitment.
- 100% Cage-Free: A company has transitioned 100% of its supply chain to cage-free eggs. This means that global companies that have met regional commitments but have not yet made a global commitment will not receive a 100% cage-free badge until they have transitioned 100% of their relevant egg supply to cage-free. Some companies may report 100% cage-free progress, however if there are limitations to that reporting (I.e. only applying to certain brands, or product lines) that company will not receive a 100% badge until there are no stated exceptions to its reporting.
- Good Progress: Based on public info, the company appears to be on track to meet its commitment deadline(s) and is reporting against all (or most) of the egg categories relevant to its egg supply chain/commitment.
- Slow Progress: Based on public info, the company appears to be behind on meeting its public commitments. A company may be reporting good progress for one region or one egg type, but not reporting any for another.
- Not Reporting: A company is not reporting progress against any of its commitments.
- Missed Target: A company has missed its commitment deadline(s).
- Commitment Not Public: A company was originally included in EggTrack because it had a public commitment, but that commitment is no longer publicly available. However, it is possible that there is still awareness of the commitment internally.
- Commitment Retracted: A company has clearly retracted its commitment and no longer intends to source 100% cage-free eggs.