IKEA FOOD Better Chicken Program
The IKEA Food Better Programs frame IKEA Food’s global vision for sustainable agriculture. They consist of a set of sourcing criteria for all the major species in our supply chain with a focus on farmed animal welfare, antibiotics use and our environmental footprint at the farm level. They also consist of clear regional roadmaps for implementation. Our ambition is that all sourcing of eggs, chicken, pork, beef, dairy, and salmon will be compliant with the Better Programs by 2025.
As a first step, we are focusing on Better Chicken (see below), which identifies our minimum sourcing criteria for all broiler chicken products in our supply chain, globally. All chicken products sourced for IKEA Food will be consistent with all criteria of the IKEA Food Better Chicken Program by 2025. The regional roadmap for chicken contains key milestones in 2020 and 2025. Better Chicken will be made public in January 2018 and we will begin piloting the criteria with our suppliers to work through practical considerations. In addition to farm level criteria, we also include a provision around transport and slaughter which we will implement via the IKEA Transport & Slaughter Guidelines. Progress will be reported annually in the IKEA Health & Sustainability Report.
IKEA Food Better Chicken Program roadmap for North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific
*IKEA Food operates in additional regions, and we expect them to be compliant with the Better Programs by 2025. However, the initial focus is on the largest regions North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific — learnings will be used to as input implementation in the remaining regions.
Better Chicken Requirements
Maximum stocking density of 30 kg/m2 in order to allow chickens to have enough space.
Improved illumination and normal day/night light pattern
Increased illumination & preference for natural light. The right lighting regime to have a more normal day/night light pattern over a 24 hour period. Minimum of 8 hours continuous daylight and 6 hours continuous darkness. The criteria is 50 lux in Europe, we will pilot 50 lux in North America and require 20 lux in Asia Pacific.
Flock health plan
A written plan developed in conjunction with a veterinarian to ensure long-term health and welfare of the flock. This plan should include the collection of welfare outcomes which are essential as they are used to objectively assess the effect of our new sourcing criteria on the welfare of individual chickens. For example: lameness (difficulty walking), hock burns, and activity levels etc.
In line with the IKEA Food guidelines for the use of antibiotics, there will be no routine use of antibiotics by 2020 and a plan to phase out highest priority antibiotics that are critically important to human health by 2025.
To enhance the physical and social environment animals are kept in, environmental enrichment should at a minimum include perches or platforms and pecking objects. Enrichment for broiler chickens have the potential to improve health and provide opportunities for chickens to express their important natural behaviors. Examples include: straw bales, platforms, perches, and pecking objects like brassicas or hanging wooden blocks.
Improved environmental conditions including dry and friable litter, improved air quality, and a focus on thermal comfort.
Manure Management plan
A written plan for the storage, handling, and use of livestock manure with a focus on protection of soil health and water-courses.
Feed that does not contribute to deforestation includes palm oil and soy, this may be achieved through verification at the farm-level or through other measures taken at the corporate level.
Includes windows, light tubes, or open-sided sheds.
Breeds with measurably improved health and behavior outcomes
Genetic selection for fast growth and high breast yield has resulted in an imbalance between production needs and the welfare of the animal. We aim to use breeds that are healthier, and are able to effectively express important natural behaviour while still providing good production value
Slaughter & Transport
Slaughter and transport criteria will be implemented through the IKEA Transport & Slaughter guidelines, including criteria for controlled atmospheric stunning to minimize stress.
Meet Priya Motupalli, Sustainable Sourcing Specialist and Jacqueline Macalister, Health & Sustainability Manager at IKEA Food