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Consultation has concluded

The Australian beef industry recognises that today's consumer wants to know where their food comes from and how it was produced. Increasingly major customers, investors and other stakeholders are also requiring information on production practices. The industry has recognised the importance of aligning our practices with community and consumer expectations in the Meat Industry Strategic Plan.

This Framework has been established to improve transparency of the industry.

Background to the Framework development

Proceeding the decision by the industry to develop the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework, a number of projects had been undertaken that helped inform the process.

In 2011, a materiality review was undertaken by Net Balance to identify the key material issues for the beef industry relevant to sustainable production of beef in Australia.

In 2014, industry and stakeholders were consulted on how to improve transparency and report across the broad areas of sustainability at an industry level.

Following the industry’s decision for the Red Meat Advisory Council to lead the development of the framework, Deloitte was appointed in 2015 to explore what available datasets exist for the industry to use for reporting, rather than establishing new data systems. In the same year an industry wide social license review was undertaken by Future Eye.

In 2016, the Red Meat Advisory Council appointed the Sustainability Steering Group to lead the development of the first sustainability framework.

In 2016 an update of the 2011 materiality review was undertaken by STR Consulting.

Throughout the process, consumer research, retailer discussions, NGO discussions and the review of global frameworks have all informed the process.

Consultation

The process for developing the first framework report was collaborative. The report was developed through extensive multi-stakeholder engagement.

The development of this Framework occurred through three stages of consultation: industry, external and online.

During the public consultation phase, a number of organisations provided formal submissions in response to the four themes.

An explanation as to what changed following the online consultation and a response to suggestions received can be viewed here.

The Australian Beef Sustainability Framework report is a product of this consultative process, of the valuable feedback provided, and of the consideration and expertise of the SSG. Read the report.

Check in with this website as it will be updated with new information and updates.

Consultation Timeline

Face to face consultation

The Australian beef industry recognises that today's consumer wants to know where their food comes from and how it was produced. Increasingly major customers, investors and other stakeholders are also requiring information on production practices. The industry has recognised the importance of aligning our practices with community and consumer expectations in the Meat Industry Strategic Plan.

This Framework has been established to improve transparency of the industry.

Background to the Framework development

Proceeding the decision by the industry to develop the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework, a number of projects had been undertaken that helped inform the process.

In 2011, a materiality review was undertaken by Net Balance to identify the key material issues for the beef industry relevant to sustainable production of beef in Australia.

In 2014, industry and stakeholders were consulted on how to improve transparency and report across the broad areas of sustainability at an industry level.

Following the industry’s decision for the Red Meat Advisory Council to lead the development of the framework, Deloitte was appointed in 2015 to explore what available datasets exist for the industry to use for reporting, rather than establishing new data systems. In the same year an industry wide social license review was undertaken by Future Eye.

In 2016, the Red Meat Advisory Council appointed the Sustainability Steering Group to lead the development of the first sustainability framework.

In 2016 an update of the 2011 materiality review was undertaken by STR Consulting.

Throughout the process, consumer research, retailer discussions, NGO discussions and the review of global frameworks have all informed the process.

Consultation

The process for developing the first framework report was collaborative. The report was developed through extensive multi-stakeholder engagement.

The development of this Framework occurred through three stages of consultation: industry, external and online.

During the public consultation phase, a number of organisations provided formal submissions in response to the four themes.

An explanation as to what changed following the online consultation and a response to suggestions received can be viewed here.

The Australian Beef Sustainability Framework report is a product of this consultative process, of the valuable feedback provided, and of the consideration and expertise of the SSG. Read the report.

Check in with this website as it will be updated with new information and updates.

Consultation Timeline

Face to face consultation