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Dunkin' Donuts Takes Positive Step Towards Animal Welfare

Apr 01, 2015 11:12AM ● By Kieran Gilman
Dunkin’ Donuts today announced that it will map its international supply chain to understand the feasibility of transitioning to 100% cage-free eggs globally, and, based on this assessment, establish a global target with interim deliverables towards this goal. As an immediate step, 10% of all eggs sourced for its breakfast sandwiches in the U.S. will be cage-free by the end of next year. Additionally, Dunkin’ Donuts, who have nine locations in Tewksbury, will source only gestation crate-free pork in the U.S. by 2022.

The announcement was made today in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Dunkin’ Brands is working with its suppliers and the HSUS to update its animal welfare policy and meet its target goals.

According to Christine Riley Miller, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Dunkin’ Brands, “Dunkin’ Brands and our franchisee community care about the welfare of animals and their humane treatment. We set a goal to source 5% cage-free eggs by 2013, an accomplishment we are proud to have achieved. Now, working with our suppliers and the Humane Society of the United States, we are setting new commitments to help the egg and pork industries eliminate cages to demonstrate our responsibility to animal welfare and sustainable, ethical sourcing.”

Josh Balk, senior food policy director of HSUS said, “Dunkin’s commitment to improve the lives of farm animals is taking another positive step. This new policy is further testament that consumers and companies are aligned in shifting the egg and pork industries away from confining animals in cages.”

Dunkin’ Brands’ full commitment to animal welfare will be included in the company’s 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility report, which will be released by end of spring. To download or read Dunkin’ Brands’ current corporate social responsibility report, Focused on Sustainable Solutions, or to learn more about Dunkin’ Brands’ CSR initiatives, please visit: http://www.dunkinbrands.com/responsibility/2012CSR.
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