Australian dairy advocacy group Dairy Connect is urging industry stakeholders to support a new public consultation initiative by global dairy agency the Dairy Sustainability Framework.
Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said today the DSF played a critical worldwide role in fostering and informing sustainable production of peak nutrition dairy products.
The DSF had reached a growth point calling for public consultation on reporting guidelines for six high level indicator metrics. It had arrived at this point through a collaborative process with the University of Arkansas taking members through a structured development process.
Drafts of industry indicators and reporting guidelines were subject to extensive consultation with members, by which DSF received valuable feedback to develop industry indicators to the point they were ready for public consultation.
Dairy Connect said that now that the consultation was open to external stakeholders they should take part in the consultation exercise and share it among their networks.
The guidelines and the comments and questions section for external stakeholder consultation can be accessed at www.dsfglobalcriteria.org.
Public consultation will remain open until midnight on 30 March, at which point DSF would start to review the comments and make changes based on industry feedback.
he DSF focuses on 11 key sustainability criteria, identified as relevant to the dairy sector globally. The framework outlines the high level strategic Intent that the dairy sector commits to working towards for each of the key categories of interest.
The DSF encourages individual groups, regions or organisations to develop different initiatives and programs on a local basis that work towards addressing the criteria and strategic intents of the framework.
Each Global Criteria will have a high-level indicator established on which the DSF will report on an aggregated basis for the global dairy value chain.