Invest in companies that protect biodiversity, animals, and their habitats. Align your investment objectives with the well-being of animals.
Your investments can directly impact the biodiversity of the planet. The Animal Welfare Portfolio includes companies with environmental policies that protect biodiversity.
Protect and conserve wildlife by investing in companies that manage plastic, hazardous waste, and carbon output.
Inhumane animal testing has a negative impact on animal welfare. The Animal Welfare Portfolio does not contain any companies that partake in animal testing.
Society's increasing demand for animal meat has caused an explosion in factory farming and has led to inhumane farming conditions in some cases. Invest in companies that ethically farm livestock through the Animal Welfare Portfolio.
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Abbott Laboratories is an American health care company with headquarters in Lake Bluff, Illinois, United States. Abbott has demonstrated strong focus on the topic of animal welfare; the company's research programs and facilities exceed regulations in the countries in which it operates, and the company has achieved AAALAC certification for more than 35 years. Additionally, the company has created multiple independent review boards (a Corporate Animal Welfare Committee and an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) to ensure that all necessary testing meets the highest standards for welfare.
"Eli Lilly and Company is a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Eli Lilly's Elanco division is the third-largest animal health company as of 2016, offering products designed to promote animal wellbeing, such as veterinary vaccines and medicines, and feed additives."
Amgen Inc is an American multinational biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California. Amgen has established an internal 3Rs Award Program to promote and reward adherence to the high standards the company has set for animal welfare. Additionally, the company provides funding to non-profit Chimp Haven to support the care and well-being of nearly 200 chimpanzees who have been retired from biomedical research.
Merck & Company, Inc. is an American pharmaceutical company and is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Merck's animal health division is the second largest in the world by revenue. The company produces animal medicines such as antibiotics, vaccines, and parasiticides, as well as fertility treatments and diabetes drugs for cats and dogs.
"Procter & Gamble Co. is an American multi-national consumer goods corporation headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Procter & Gamble has been at the forefront of research to reduce animal testing. The company uses more than 50 non-animal alternatives to test its products, including the first non-animal alternative method for skin allergy testin. Half of these methods were invented or co-invented by P&G."
Hormel Foods Corporation is an American meat-based food products company based in Austin, Minnesota. Hormel has been recognized for its industry-leading standards around animal welfare. In addition to meeting and exceeding industry standards for animal care and handling, the company has established strong management practices to ensure adherence to those standards. For example, the company created the Animal Welfare and Handling manager position, whose sole responsibility is enforcing animal welfare standards at all domestic production sites. Hormel has also created a confidential hotline so that employees are able to anonymously report any animal welfare procedure that falls short of company standards.
Panera Bread Company is an American chain of fast casual restaurants in the United States and Canada. Panera has committed to the highest standards of animal welfare, consistent with the UK Farm Animal Welfare Committee's Five Freedoms. To date, the company has achieved 100% antibiotic-free poultry on its sandwiches and salads, 100% free-range and grass-fed beef, and 100% gestation crate-free bacon, breakfast sausage, and ham. The company continues to make strides on sustainable and ethical sourcing.
Avon is a personal care and beauty company based in London. Avon was the first major cosmetic company worldwide to end animal testing. For more than 25 years Avon has substantiated the safety of its products without animal testing and since the 1980's has been active in the development, implementation and acceptance of alternative test methods, working to identify and develop new testing alternatives with other cosmetic companies and with external organizations. The company has been recognized by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing in the United States for their dedication to the principles of the 3 R's (refinement, reduction, replacement) and the use of alternative tests for safety evaluation.
Royal Caribbean, a global cruise company, is furthering its animal welfare commitment by transitioning to products like cage-free eggs, gestation stall-free pork and purchasing all chickens from Global Animal Partnership (GAP) certified sources. RCL will require these chickens to be processed in a manner that avoids live-dumping and live-shackling, instead utilizing a pre-shackle, multi-step controlled atmosphere processing system that is widely known as more humane.