Founded in 2008, Global Animal Partnership (GAP) is a non-profit organization made up of farmers, scientists, retailers, manufacturers, and animal advocates, all collaborating with a common purpose: improving farm animal welfare. GAP is making a difference by creating and managing a comprehensive 5-Step® Welfare Rating Program for farm animals, where farms & ranches are audited every 15 months by an independent third-party. Through our 5-Step® Rating Program and labeled product program, producers and consumers can choose to support a program that continuously improves the lives of farm animals step by step.

Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare Standards

View our latest 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program animal welfare standards for beef cattle, broiler chickens, pigs, turkey, sheep, goat, bison, and laying hens.

GAP Partners

GAP Partners

Learn about our partner farms, ranches, retailers, producers, food-service, and donors as well as how your farm or ranch can achieve 5-Step® Certification.

Take Action

Take Action

As a non-profit organization, we rely on donations from involved consumers like you. With your donations and voice, we can make a difference in the lives of farm animals.


The 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program

The 5 Steps - Global Animal Partnership

The 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program promotes and facilitates continuous improvement in animal agriculture, encourages welfare-friendly farming practices, and informs consumers about the animal farming systems they choose to support.

5-Step® Process

Learn about the rigorous process of development, review, and revision that goes into making our farm animal welfare standards.


5-Step® Certification

Learn how to get certified under the 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program through independent, third-party audits.

Global Animal Partnership - Important Farm Animal Welfare Standards Statistics
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What Makes a Good Auditor?

A strong certification program treats its farmers and ranchers fairly. At GAP, we know that fairness starts with auditors accredited to our program. They are on the front line, assessing…
Meet the Global Animal Partnership Farm Team Team Blog
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Get to Know the Global Animal Partnership Farm Team

Have you ever wondered exactly who are the people on the GAP Farm Team, creating the standards that are adopted by thousands of farms across the globe?
Creating Animal Welfare Standards Standards & Policies
June 19, 2018

Creating Animal Welfare Standards

Global Animal Partnership’s formula for creating practical animal welfare standards If you are a livestock manager, rancher or farmer and thinking about joining the Global Animal Partnership Program, one of…

Improving The Lives Of Farm Animals Step By Step