The problem
Cruel treatment of animals continues around the globe, including through unethical breeding practices; laboratory testing; poor conditions on farms, stockyards and other food production facilities; and animal sports such as dogfighting and cockfighting. Corporations play a central role in ensuring animal welfare, including through their direct treatment of animals (if they are in agricultural, food, beauty, or other industries that involve animals or animal testing) and engagement with their supply chains. Specific steps that companies can take include committing to no animal testing, adopting formal animal welfare policies (and using audit processes to ensure policies are followed), setting explicity board or senior management oversight of animal welfare, and publicly committing to formal animal welfare improvement objectives
How companies are rated
Ethos is using 138,078 unique data points since 2017 to rate companies, stocks and funds on humane treatment of animals, including from these metrics:
Financial performance
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Company ratings 1-yr return
Top 10 for humane treatment of animals
Top 50 for humane treatment of animals
S&P 500 Index
Bottom 50 for humane treatment of animals
Bottom 10 for humane treatment of animals
Humane treatment of animals has a slight positive correlation (
) with financial returns, meaning companies that perform better in this impact area tend to perform slightly better financially
Data partners and sources
What this formula is about
Animal rights
animal laboratory testing
puppy mills
humane treatment of animals
animal testing
UN Sustainable Development Goal 15