The Framework is an initiative of the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC). RMAC appoints an independent, grassroots group, representative of the beef value chain, to progress the Framework on behalf of industry. This is called the Sustainability Steering Group (SSG).
RMAC appointed the first SSG in 2016 to develop the Framework. The second SSG continued consultation, the collection of data, refinement of indicators (including the establishment of the first Expert Working Group) and industry priorities, and publication of the first report.
The third and current SSG was appointed in December 2018.
Led by SSG Chair, Tess Herbert, the new SSG are responsible for progressing the Framework, including addressing data gaps; refining some sustainability indicators; delivering the 2019 Annual Update; communications related to the Framework and continuing to provide advice to RMAC on sustainability matters.
In the past year, work has continued to refine indicators and gather data to improve how the Framework reports on the sustainability of the Australian beef industry. The Framework team has continued to widely consult industry and external stakeholders. The team has also worked to promote the Framework to industry, customers, investors, government and regulators, and other stakeholders.