Majid Al Futtaim, the leading developer and developer of shopping malls, integrated cities, retail and leisure facilities in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, today announced the adoption of a new regulatory policy for animal welfare in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. Retail sector. Under this policy, the company will be committed to selling eggs produced outside cages at a rate of 100%, which bears the “Carrefour” brand in all the markets in which it is present by 2032 , followed by expanding the scope of application of this policy, to include all offered options from local brands, by 2032. The vision behind this commitment is to provide high quality products while providing sustainable solutions at the best value.
This policy is the first of its kind in the region and was developed in partnership with The Human League, a foundation for compassionate issues. Animals based in the United Kingdom. The ceiling of this policy rises above the level of legislation in force in the region to improve the conditions of farm animals. As stipulated in the new policy for the health and welfare of farm animals, Majid Al Futtaim will upgrade the internal systems of poultry houses and replace them with more sustainable ones that implement the open organic system. As part of this policy aimed at creating positive change in regional markets and raising societal awareness of animal health and welfare issues, Majid Al Futtaim will be committed to working with suppliers to increase its supply of eggs produced outside cages that will bear the Carrefour brand label.
Commenting on the adoption and implementation of this new policy, Hani Weiss, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Retail, said: “As part of our long-term commitment to achieving our leadership in all the markets in which we operate,
Majid Al Futtaim Retail provides customers with products that comply with the highest standards of quality and safety, and that are produced through socially and environmentally responsible means.”
He added: “This is the first policy of its kind that It is adopted and applied in the region for the health and welfare of farm animals and their care, which rise above the ceiling of commercial activities and obligations according to modern and advanced standards. By announcing this policy, we will be able to provide a healthier food product, according to modern standards that take into account animal welfare and health. We are committed to continuing to work responsibly in this area and making progress by adopting and implementing best practices at the level of supply chains.”
By declaring its commitment to implementing this policy, “Majid Al Futtaim” seeks to improve the health of food choices. that they provide to society, by modernizing farm animal husbandry systems. In addition to improving quality, providing a more healthy product to customers, and reducing the risks of transmission of animal diseases to humans, egg production systems in an open environment outside cages contribute to providing more productive benefits, including reducing mortality rates, enhancing poultry resistance in the face of diseases and relying on medicines, achieving greater profitability for farmers and supporting corporate citizenship efforts.
Aaron Ross, Vice President of Policy and Strategy at The Human League, said: “Majid Al Futtaim’s announcement of its commitment to provide eggs produced exclusively outside Cages in “Carrefour” in all the markets in which it operates, as an advanced step that will contribute to raising the level of well-being and health of poultry raised in organized farms for the purpose of food production. The company has proven its firm convictions that it has gained based on advanced market information, and its strong relationships with both customers and suppliers.” With industry partners, government agencies and companies to help transform market trends and scale up its capacity to supply eggs outside caged Carrefour, ensuring that all Carrefour branded products come from non-GMO animals by the end of 2023. Majid Al Futtaim has also announced its commitment to conduct annual reviews of its progress in this field, to transparently disclose the latest developments, and to monitor the challenges it faces and the extent to which it has achieved successes in accordance with the objectives set forth in its new animal welfare policy.
According to With the new policy, Carrefour’s regional business will have a sufficient ten-year period, extending up to a year 2032, taking into account the special challenges in some regional markets. Majid Al Futtaim will work closely with local suppliers, sector partners and other relevant parties, to implement change requirements in a systematic way to adopt and implement higher standards for animal health and welfare in the relevant markets.
It is worth noting that the new policy Announced by Majid Al Futtaim, it states several important points related to the general health of animals, including ensuring that they are not exposed to hunger, thirst or hardship, by providing an appropriate environment. As well as ensuring that she is not exposed to pain and is free from diseases and injuries or exhibits abnormal behaviors. And not to be subjected to fear or constraint, by ensuring appropriate conditions and treatment to avoid psychological suffering. The freedom to experiment by providing the appropriate conditions for experiencing positive emotions and stimulating natural behaviour.