June 1, 2021
Aviagen's welfare and sustainability VP recognised by British Poultry Council
Aviagen announced on May 31 that Anne-Marie Neeteson, global vice president of welfare, sustainability and compliance at Aviagen Group, has been honored with the British Poultry Council (BPC) Special Merit Award for 2019.
The award recognises Neeteson's work in representing the industry on a global level to promote the causes of animal welfare and sustainable development. According to her award letter from the BPC, she has been "invaluable in progressing the science around these issues and helping the industry take a leadership role in addressing them."
"Anne-Marie is passionate about protecting the welfare of birds and advancing sustainability for the benefit of the planet, as well as our customers and the communities they serve," said Alfons Koerhuis, chief technical officer at Aviagen Group. "She works tirelessly, both at Aviagen and through her work with industry and welfare organisations, to implement continuous improvements that have a positive ripple effect on these causes. Anne-Marie is an asset to our team and to the wider poultry industry, and I congratulate her on this latest merit award."
In 2019, Neeteson led the International Poultry Council (IPC) working group that adopted five of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as areas where the global poultry meat sector can make a difference. This year, as an active and longstanding member of the IPC and proponent of animal welfare, she was appointed as chair to an IPC working group on animal health and welfare, communication and food quality.
Koerhuis added that, through her extensive work with the IPC, the BPC and others, Neeteson is putting into practice Aviagen's Top 5 Commitment of Transparency, Communication and Engagement, which corresponds with the SDGs prioritised by IPC.