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What's next?

The Framework report is not a static document and will continually evolve. The Framework will be used by industry to align efforts through the value chain to genuinely improve the sustainability of the industry. The Framework will provide an opportunity for continued multi-stakeholder dialogue, and demonstrate progress against the credentials established in the first report.

The key next steps that will be undertaken are:

1. Stocktake of activity across the value chain

An assessment will be undertaken across the priority areas to capture initiatives and current reporting already underway across the value chain. The assessment will identify any gaps and ensure individual projects and programs are aware of other activity, enabling improved collaboration both within industry and externally.

2. Establish a multi-stakeholder consultative committee

Through the process of developing the initial Australian Beef Sustainability Framework almost 100 external groups from retailers, environment and welfare non-government organisations, financial institutions, researchers, government, policy organisations and industry will have been consulted.

To enable industry to continue to benefit from the diverse perspectives of these stakeholders, key stakeholders who are willing to work constructively on shared objectives will be invited to join a consultative committee. This forum will enable information-sharing, identify emerging issues and opportunities for industry, and improve understanding of the industry by key external stakeholders.

3. Sustainability Steering Group (SSG)

An independent grass roots group, representative of the beef value chain will continue to progress the framework on behalf of RMAC. Responsibilities will include establishing framework reporting guidelines, co-ordination of consultative and expert panel activities, developing indicators to report against the priority areas, managing sustainability priorities and reporting to RMAC.

4. Expert panels to progress indicators and measures for reporting

There are several areas where indicators and measures have not been developed. Multi-disciplined experts are required to help develop suitable indicators and recommend approaches to industry for continual improvement. Following the stocktake of activity across the value chain a plan will be developed for prioritising these expert groups.

5. Report progress

A refresh of the Framework will occur annually, or as data becomes available.

To assist industry with our strategic planning and to provide a deeper analysis to stakeholders a more detailed review will be undertaken every five years, including a refresh of the materiality review. This report will be produced ahead of the planning cycle for the Meat Industry Strategic Plan (MISP).

The Framework report is not a static document and will continually evolve. The Framework will be used by industry to align efforts through the value chain to genuinely improve the sustainability of the industry. The Framework will provide an opportunity for continued multi-stakeholder dialogue, and demonstrate progress against the credentials established in the first report.

The key next steps that will be undertaken are:

1. Stocktake of activity across the value chain

An assessment will be undertaken across the priority areas to capture initiatives and current reporting already underway across the value chain. The assessment will identify any gaps and ensure individual projects and programs are aware of other activity, enabling improved collaboration both within industry and externally.

2. Establish a multi-stakeholder consultative committee

Through the process of developing the initial Australian Beef Sustainability Framework almost 100 external groups from retailers, environment and welfare non-government organisations, financial institutions, researchers, government, policy organisations and industry will have been consulted.

To enable industry to continue to benefit from the diverse perspectives of these stakeholders, key stakeholders who are willing to work constructively on shared objectives will be invited to join a consultative committee. This forum will enable information-sharing, identify emerging issues and opportunities for industry, and improve understanding of the industry by key external stakeholders.

3. Sustainability Steering Group (SSG)

An independent grass roots group, representative of the beef value chain will continue to progress the framework on behalf of RMAC. Responsibilities will include establishing framework reporting guidelines, co-ordination of consultative and expert panel activities, developing indicators to report against the priority areas, managing sustainability priorities and reporting to RMAC.

4. Expert panels to progress indicators and measures for reporting

There are several areas where indicators and measures have not been developed. Multi-disciplined experts are required to help develop suitable indicators and recommend approaches to industry for continual improvement. Following the stocktake of activity across the value chain a plan will be developed for prioritising these expert groups.

5. Report progress

A refresh of the Framework will occur annually, or as data becomes available.

To assist industry with our strategic planning and to provide a deeper analysis to stakeholders a more detailed review will be undertaken every five years, including a refresh of the materiality review. This report will be produced ahead of the planning cycle for the Meat Industry Strategic Plan (MISP).