Is the label verified?
Yes
Is the meaning of the label consistent?
Yes
Are the label standards publicly available?
Yes
Is information about the organization publicly available?
Yes
Is the organization free from conflict of interest?
Yes
Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?
Yes

This label can be found on: Meat and Poultry, Dairy Products, Eggs 

PROGRAM NAME: Animal Welfare Approved

ORGANIZATION: Animal Welfare Approved is a program of A Greener World.

url: www.animalwelfareapproved.us

LABEL STANDARDS: www.animalwelfareapproved.us/standards/

 

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How meaningful is this label? 

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Is the label verified?

Yes.

The Animal Welfare Approved program is ISO-17065 accredited and works with a team of auditors and certification staff who determine through yearly audits whether a farm meets the standards.


Is the meaning of the label consistent?

Yes.

Are the label standards publicly available?

Yes.

Standards are available: www.animalwelfareapproved.us/standards/

Is information about the organization publicly available?

Yes.

AWA is a program of A Greener World. 

Board of Directors: Yes. The members of the board of directors for A Greener World are listed on the website.

Financial information: Yes. As a 501(c)(3) organization, financial information is available.

Is the organization free from conflict of interest?

Yes.

Standards development: The organization has a conflict of interest policy that prohibits board members and staff from having an interest in a certified farm or operation. The Standards Board sets the Animal Welfare Approved standards, and includes at least one producer. As an ISO-17065 accredited certifying agency, the organization adheres to conflict of interest policies for standards development.

Verification: The conflict of interest policy applies to anyone employed by the organization, including auditors on a contract basis.

The Animal Welfare Approved program does not charge a fee for audits and certification, or for any other services. This adds an additional level of independence to the label, since there is no financial gain to granting certification.

Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?

Yes.

Standards development: The standards were developed by a group of stakeholders including scientists, farmers, and farm animal welfare experts.

Standards updates: Updates to the standards are developed by the Standards Board in collaboration with species-specific working groups, which consist of producers, scientists and others with relevant knowledge, and are posted on the website for public comment.