We know that a lot of what’s in this document will seem like common sense to most readers. But ‘behaving responsibly’ can mean different things to different people. That’s why we’ve created this policy; to be clear on our expectations of others, and what others can expect from us.
We want to be honest and open and we hope this document will help us have an even more positive impact on animals, the environment and the people around us by:
Doing our best for animals, people and the environment.
We practise what we preach and are a trusted and leading public example of treating animals with compassion and respect in everything we do as an organisation. From the food our business buys for our staff, to who we choose to work with, we will make sure animal welfare is our top priority.
We do everything we can to reduce our negative impact on the environment, throughout all areas of our business.
We treat everyone with respect and integrity, and celebrate diversity. We commit to these statements in order to empower people to make an informed decision about products that carry our logo.
Our internal food policy outlines the products that can be purchased on behalf of RSPCA Assured, for example catering for meetings. We believe we must practice what we preach, and therefore only approved higher welfare products, or vegetarian or vegan alternatives may be served.
We also have requirements for the partners we work with, such as social media influencers or celebrities.
We understand that people’s diets are very personal, however certain foods contradict our stance on animal welfare by inflicting unnecessary pain and suffering or threatening rare and exotic species. It would be hypocritical of us to work with any individual who actively promotes any of these products, or has made social media posts in support of them and we are therefore unable to do so.
This includes eggs from caged hens, white veal, foie gras, octopus, frogs’ legs, rabbit, duck, meat from animals slaughtered without pre-stunning (including lobsters, crayfish and crabs), meat from rare or exotic species such as ostrich, zebra, shark and crocodile, and Beluga caviar.
It’s important to us that our partners, suppliers and members understand and support our purpose, vision and goals so that we can all work together to make sure all animals have a better life.
The RSPCA is against the infliction of pain, suffering, distress or fear, or the killing of any animal used in the name of sport, entertainment or fashion, or as part of a traditional or customary event.
Its mission is “to ensure animals have a good life by rescuing and caring for those in need, by advocating on behalf of all animals and by inspiring everyone to treat them with compassion and respect”.
We will endeavour not to do business with companies or individuals that knowingly mistreat or exploit animals, including supporting or directly conducting unnecessary or scientifically trivial experiments or procedures on animals.
We also reserve the right to cease working with any supplier or partner, or to terminate the membership of any individual who is found to be mistreating or exploiting animals.
In order to have a more positive impact on the environment, we need to have a better understanding of what our current impact actually is.
Where possible, local suppliers will be prioritised. We will also bulk order wherever appropriate to reduce unnecessary deliveries.
Any merchandise produced on behalf of RSPCA Assured, from stationery to uniforms, must be from sustainable and ethical suppliers. Before purchasing any products or services, we will check the ethical credentials of potential suppliers.
Within each of the RSPCA species welfare standards documents, specific environmental standards and recommendations are detailed, such as the responsible disposal of slurry, use of chemicals, and maintenance of farm vehicles.
While the environment isn’t a core focus of our certification scheme, we recognise that poor environmental practices can have a huge impact on both farmed and wild animals, so we encourage our members to be as environmentally conscious as possible.
In consultation with The Environment Agency, WWF, WRAP UK and our members, we introduced new policies in 2019 on the inclusion of soy and palm oil in products carrying the RSPCA Assured logo, as well as guidelines on the use of plastic packaging.
These policies will come into full effect in 2021, and cover:
As part of the RSPCA family, RSPCA Assured follows the RSPCA’s policies on diversity, inclusion and integrity.
We commit to hiring with integrity, ensuring that all our staff understand and are fully committed to our purpose, vision and goals; to ensure that all animals have a better life. You can view details about RSPCA Assured’s governance.
This also applies to our selection process for suppliers and partners. We will not knowingly work with any businesses or individuals who contravene any of our policies.
This includes policies on modern slavery, a growing list of environmental issues, diversity and inclusion, and animal welfare.
We will not tolerate the mistreatment of workers. If any of our members are found to be exploiting workers, their membership will be terminated.