As an industry we have been on this road of transparency and collaboration for four years and there are numerous occasions where the value of this has been clear to those involved and close to the process.
What the ABSF is committed to doing is working harder to connect with the wider industry and better connect industry with what the priorities are from our end customers and those that influence them. The SSG agreed a suitable method to address this matter was to expand on the Consultative Committee format and develop an annual Industry Committee. This annual event will have a tailored agenda specific to internal industry stakeholders, with a focus on some more contentious matters where an internal industry view may be opposing to external. Further comments highlighted some industry stakeholders felt uncomfortable raising discussion points when in the same room as some external stakeholders. This is a major concern which needs addressing, as it can lead to the incompleteness of industry representation.
The SSG is currently planning the industry forum for early 2021, and we encourage you to sign up to our newsletter or get in touch with us for updates.