Survey launched to guide new goals for Australian Beef Sustainability Framework

Beef Central, 23/03/2023

SIX years since the inception of the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework (ABSF) to track key indicators of sustainability across the beef industry, a survey has been launched to inform the ABSF’s next evolution.

ABSF Sustainability Steering Group (SSG) Chair, Mark Davie, said setting sustainability goals is a natural progression for the ABSF and the industry to reaffirm its commitment to continual improvement.

“Setting goals will make the industry even more transparent and will help better meet the expectations of our customers and the community,” Mr Davie said.

“Most importantly, it will help guide where to invest our efforts, and solve global sustainability priorities through an industry lens on productivity and profitability within the supply chain.

“It is crucial we hear from as many people as possible across the Australian beef value chain as these survey findings will be pivotal in helping decide our targets.

“This is an industry-led framework, and it is thanks to the many years of consultation and collaboration that there has been so much progress.

“It is vital we are constantly looking forward to continue to grow our performance across key measures of sustainability, expand market access and support a prosperous industry and nourished, thriving communities.”

The ABSF currently tracks 53 indicators across 24 priority issues that are grouped under the themes: best animal care; environment and stewardship; economic resilience; and people and the community.

This survey will focus on the importance of drafted goals and targets to the individual in the supply chain, as well as its importance to the industry.


The survey can be found on the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework website and closes on April 5.



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  1. Rob Atkinson, 25/03/2023

    I have only read the first two sections of this survey, but I have strongly disagreed with the questions asked.
    I strongly believe the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework is asking questions that are totally unacceptable.
    When the results of this survey are analysed, it is imperative that beef producers are informed ‘how many beef producers participated in this survey’, because I don’t believe that the majority of producers would agree with most of the survey questions.
    This could have huge ramifications on our industry.

  2. Michelle Finger, 24/03/2023

    Thankyou very much for bringing this to our attention. Not much time with the survey closing on 5th April!
    Why has this not been sent to MLA & Cattle Australia producer email lists?

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