The Australian Beef Sustainability Framework defines sustainable beef production in the Australian context and tracks the industry’s performance in addressing key priorities against a series of indicators annually.
The Framework commits the Australian beef industry to a sustainably pathway of best practice and tracks performance through evidence against a series of critical indicators aligned to the four themes of Animal Welfare, Economic Resilience, Environmental Stewardship and People and the Community. Within those themes the Framework has identified 23 priority issues of which 6 are considered key and 50 indicators which track progress against recognised standards and metrics.
The Framework is used to:
- Advise industry investment for continuous improvement in areas most important to our customers and stakeholders
- Help protect and grow access to investment and finance by providing evidence of performance and continuous improvement
- Foster constructive relationships with stakeholders to work collaboratively on continuous improvement
- Promote industry transparency and progress to customers and the community
The Framework does not:
- Establish or endorse measure systems at an individual business level
- Provide an accreditation or certification system
- Endorse prescriptive management practise
- Create additional paperwork for individual businesses
The Framework was launched in April 2017, its ongoing development is informed by globally accepted standards that require the application of principles including stakeholder inclusivity and responsiveness and materiality. The Framework’s priorities and indicators will continue to be responsive and refined through materiality and stakeholder consultation. Since its launch considerable effort has been committed to improving the indicators and collecting evidence to substantiate industry’s sustainability performance and progress.
A thriving Australian beef industry that strives to continuously improve the wellbeing of people, animals and the environment.
Sustainability is the production of beef in a manner that is socially, environmentally and economically responsible. We do this through the care of natural resources, people and the community, the health and welfare of animals, and the drive for continuous improvement.
THEMES AND PRIORITIES
The ABSF commits the Australian beef industry to a sustainable pathway of best practice and tracks performance through independence evidence against a series of critical indicators against the four themes of Animal Welfare, Economic Resilience, Environmental Stewardship. and People and the Community. Within those themes the Framework has identified 23 priority issues of which 6 are considered key and 50 indicators which track progress against recognised standards and metrics.