Collectively addressing the challenges of combating deforestation and respecting animal welfare


In certain areas, Elior Group believes that acting alone cannot positively and sustainably transform practices. As such, the Group is convinced that the challenges of combating deforestation in the supply chain and improving the consideration of animal welfare can only be addressed through a collective movement bringing together a wide variety of players (companies, NGOs, states, etc.).


For this reason, in 2018, the Group became a founding member of the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW) which brings together food manufacturers and animal welfare experts with the aim to raise animal welfare standards.

In addition, aware of the importance of preserving forests ecosystems, Elior Group is vigilant about the environmental impact of the soy and palm oil sector and has clearly identified the risks of deforestation attached to the animal feed that is ultimately used to provide the meat served in its menus. In 2018, Elior Group in France joined an initiative launched by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) which brings together several key players in the distribution, agri-food, animal feed and contract catering sectors. With the support of the Alliance for the Preservation of Forests, the Duralim platform and the EarthWorm Foundation, this work group has defined a common vision of responsible soy and developed a common base of actions to be implemented to obtain soybean supply chains that do not involve natural ecosystem conversion.

Our best practices

  • Elior is a founding member of Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW). By participating in the working groups on cage free eggs and broiler chicken, Elior supports the exchange of best practices and encourages the changes envisaged by the OIE concerning the environment for laying hen farms.
  • Raising awareness among stakeholders (guests, internal teams, etc.) on animal welfare issues. In France, experts train and educate teams on these issues. Surveys on the breeding, transport and slaughtering practices of suppliers are carried out: 100% of egg products and poultry suppliers questioned favor curative use of antibiotics and 96% audit their partners on animal welfare issues.
  • Improved rating of BBFAW (independent assessment of practices and policies).
  • Fresh rabbit and chicken conversion commitment recognized by the CIWF (Poulet d’Or, Lapin d’Or).
  • 18% of broiler chicken supply in France comply with the « European Chicken Commitment » while granting the birds an outdoor access (or garden shelter). Elior's commitment is to reach 100% of supplies that comply with the European Chicken Commitment, of which at least 25% will come from farms that also guarantee access to the outdoors (or winter garden), by 2025.
  • Cage free egg products (shells and liquid eggs): In the UK all eggs are Red Lion certified.

Our actions planned for 2021

  • Publish the soy footprint of our sourced products: in 2020 the indirect footprint of Elior France’s soy supplies was 10,930T.
  • Participate in the sector's engagement and encourage the creation of collective sourcing maps as a member of DURALIM.
  • Develop and diversify sources of protein for animal feed (sustainable soybeans, other vegetable proteins, etc.) by using more labeled ingredients.
  • Endorse the Declaration of French Industries to traders, requesting a commitment on 0 deforestation from the Cerrado region.