The Policy

The Better Chicken Commitment is the leading set of standards for broiler welfare driving the food industry towards higher welfare practices.

There are two versions of the Better Chicken Commitment that food companies in the US can adopt and work in partnership with their suppliers to meet.

Version 1

By 2024, we will source only chicken certified by Global Animal Partnership (G.A.P.) and require all chickens to be processed in a manner that avoids live-dumping and live-shackling, and instead utilizes a pre-shackle, multi-step controlled-atmosphere processing system that’s widely hailed as more humane.

Version 2

By 2024, we will require our chicken suppliers to meet the following requirements for 100% of our products:

  1. Maximum stocking density of 6.0 lbs./sq. foot and prohibit all forms of broiler cages.
  2. Provide birds an improved baseline environment1, including:
    1. At least 3 inches of friable litter covering the whole floor of the house, managed to maintain dry, friable condition and prevent caked or wet areas.
    2. At minimum 8 hours of continuous light (≥50 lux) and 6 hours of continuous darkness daily (<1 lux).
    3. One or more types of functional enrichment (such as perches, platforms, or straw bales) that multiple birds can use at any time. The enrichments must be available by 10 days old and maintained thereafter, dispersed throughout the house and available to the entire flock with 1 enrichment for every 1,000 sq. ft or 1 enrichment per 1000 birds, at a minimum.
  3. Process chickens in a manner that avoids pre-stun handling and instead utilizes a multi-step controlled-atmosphere processing system that induces an irreversible stun.
  4. Demonstrate compliance with all standards via third-party auditing and annual public reporting on progress toward this commitment.
And by 2026:
  1. Use only BCC-approved breeds that demonstrate higher welfare outcomes.*

You can see the original Better Chicken Commitment letter here.

*Breeds that have been approved for use to meet the BCC: JA757, JACY57, JA787, JA957, JA987, JACY87, or Norfolk Black; Rowan Ranger, Rambler Ranger, Ranger Classic, Ranger Premium, or Ranger Gold; REDBRO, RedbroM; CS200, Cooks Venture Pioneer, or others that pass the breed welfare outcome assessments by either the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) or Global Animal Partnership (G.A.P.).

  1. Adapted with permission from Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Standards for Chickens Raised for Meat, Copyright 2018 Global Animal Partnership.

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