Skilled auditors are critical to the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards program. They are the eyes and ears of authorized, independent, third-party certifiers who review, assess, and issue Step certificates, as appropriate.

  • Certifiers require the correct information to make the appropriate certification decision
  • Retailers require that the claims they are making on their labels and in their restaurants are accurate
  • Consumers require that they get what they pay for
  • Producers require expert and exact information to be gathered so they can receive the correct Step-rating
  • Global Animal Partnership requires that our 5-Step standards are being properly audited to maintain the integrity of the program

The main components that are audited to determine if 5-Step standards are being met are (1) animals and people, (2) resources and processes, and (3) records and documents.

Audits must be:

  • systematic: following a clear plan
  • outcome-based: reporting what is actually seen
  • objective and unbiased: using fact-based evidence and never being influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice
  • standards-based: conducted according to the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards program