The FAIRR Initiative facilitates collaborative investor engagements with companies on some of the most material issues linked to intensive animal production, such as labour risk, protein diversification and supply chain resilience.
Our engagements are supported by investor coalitions with trillions of dollars in assets under management (AUM), and through collective investor action, we encourage companies to improve upon their management practices to protect returns and enhance performance on selected environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is considered one of the top ten global health threats facing humanity. This engagement, which targets seven of the world's largest animal pharmaceutical companies, will tackle the lack of transparency over how companies manufacture, market, and sell antimicrobials.
Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food sector, though it is also reliant on ingredients that make the industry vulnerable to climate risk. The engagement targets eight of the world's largest salmon companies and encourages them to develop a science-based approach to diversifying feed ingredients to better manage the associated ESG risks.
Waste & Pollution
Preserving biodiversity is integral to maintaining the ecosystem services on which global economies rely. In this engagement, which targets ten of the world's largest pork and poultry producers, along with two agrochemical companies, the FAIRR Initiative seeks to address both animal waste mismanagement and nutrient pollution by encouraging companies to utilise manure as fertiliser.
The pandemic has served as a stress test for the animal protein industry and exposed its fragility. Over the past six years, FAIRR and its Investor Members have engaged extensively with global food companies to systematically transition product portfolios that facilitate healthier and more sustainable diets while ensuring long-term food security.
Failing to protect workers drives labour shortages that cause immediate material damages to meat producers and their global operations. This engagement targets seven of the world’s largest animal protein producers and encourages them to strengthen labour standards and corporate practices throughout their supply chain.
Global Meat Sourcing
Livestock production consumes nearly a third of global freshwater use and contributes 14.5% of global GHG emissions. This engagement with six fast food companies aims to encourage better management of climate and water risks in their meat and dairy supply chains.
With the food industry being the largest consumer of antibiotics globally, this three-year engagement asked global food companies to phase out routine use of antibiotics in their supply chains by establishing policies and timelines for implementation.
Global Investor Statements
Amazon Soy Moratorium
Since 2012, annual deforestation rates in the Amazon have more than doubled, largely driven by cattle ranching. With this statement, a global coalition of investors and corporates exposed to the sector show their support for deforestation-free soy production in the Amazon.
Investors and food companies have a key role to play in driving progress forward on reducing antibiotic use. With this statement, we evidence the strength of investor support for antibiotic stewardship policies and encourage companies to use antibiotics in a safer way.
Around 50% of the Cerrado biome in Brazil has been lost to agricultural expansion, which is changing regional rainfall patterns and impacting agricultural productivity. With this statement, we are working to halt further deforestation of the Cerrado while maintaining sustainable production.