The Overuse of Antibiotics in Global Protein Supply Chains

FAIRR’s collaborative investor engagement on antibiotics is supported by more than 70 institutional investors representing nearly $5 trillion in AUM. To protect public health and long-term value creation, the engagement asks 20 global food companies to limit antibiotic use in their supply chains. This can be achieved by:

  • Establishing an antibiotics policy to phase out routine, prophylactic use across all supply chains.
  • Specifying clear targets and timelines for implementation.
  • Increasing transparency by reporting on implementation and data verification.

Latest Progress Report

FAIRR’s latest update on this engagement outlines how investors are stepping up to manage these risks and what progress has been made on the issue from corporate and policy communities.


Antibiotics use in livestock is a leading cause of rising antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans. The food industry is the largest consumer of antibiotics globally, and uses antibiotic drugs to prevent disease or promote growth in healthy farm animals rather than treat clinically ill animals.

AMR and antibiotics misuse presents a systemic risk to investor portfolios, including within the food, pharmaceutical, healthcare and insurance industries.

The UK government described the over-use of antibiotics as “excessive and inappropriate” in a report which found that drug-resistant infections could cost the world around US $100 trillion in lost output by 2050 – a cost that will come home to roost in a widely diversified portfolio.

Main contact: Jo Raven, Engagement Manager

Related Reports

See all the briefings that we have released on the overuse of antibiotics in protein supply chains.


Outlines investment risks linked to farm antibiotic misuse, and how investors can drive improvements in the food industry.…

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