Livestock workers and their communities face over 51% to 75%higher COVID-19 contagion rates and 37% to 50% more deaths. The pandemic has highlighted that the high risk faced by meat workers is not only linked to the labour-intensive nature of the job and plant ergonomics, but also that current labour management strategies of protein producers exacerbate this risk across the supply chain.
COVID-19 has shown how failing to protect meat workers drives labour shortages that cause immediate material damages to producers, including disruption of operations and food supply chains globally. Meat producers around the world are now facing fines, prosecution investigations, employee litigation, and even bans on imports to leading consumer markets like China.
Therefore, there is a clear need to strengthen the labour standards and corporate practices of animal protein producers beyond the pandemic to mitigate labour risk in the industry. This is particularly relevant in the face of broader industry trends that pose serious human capital challenges, such as the transition to a green economy and automation. Strong labour management strategies will be instrumental in defining the social impact of future food production.
Explore our key research on Working Conditions to learn more about the material impact on animal protein producers.
- COVID-19 and Working Conditions at Tyson Foods: A Case Study on Materiality
- FAIRR Conversations Podcast: Counting the Cost of Conditions for Meat Industry Workers
This engagement focuses on seven of the world’s largest animal protein producers, six of which are also covered by the Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index. Investor Members can log into FAIRR’s investor portal to access individual company-level analysis.
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