European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability
- What is the European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability (ERBS)?
- The European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability (ERBS) is a multi-stakeholder platform focused on beef sustainability across the European region and across all aspects of the value chain, from farm to fork.
- What is the mission of the ERBS?
- The ERBS aims to provide a framework to achieve meaningful and demonstrable progress on beef sustainability to have a sustainable food system in which people, animals and the planet thrive. The beef value chain is recognised for delivering positive impacts, land stewardship, ecosystem benefits such as carbon sequestration and continuous improvement towards key sustainability priorities.
- Why is the ERBS needed?
- The ERBS is needed to unite the activities of the European beef industry on its sustainability journey. To promote and recognise all aspects of the beef value chain for its delivery of measurable positive impacts and continuous improvements to key sustainability priorities.
The ERBS represents a multi-stakeholder voice across the beef value chain championing and progressing the sustainability credentials of European Beef and is linked to major international bodies such as the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.
- Who is involved in the ERBS?
- The ERBS encompasses over 20 organisations with a European focus spanning the supply chain from farm to fork. Countries with ERBS Platforms currently include France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland and the UK. Within each Platform, there is a wider network of organisations working together within that country to achieve the ERBS targets.
Additionally, the ERBS links with SAI Platform to draw involvement and expertise from sustainability professionals across a range of sectors. Involvement is welcomed from any organisation with an interest in improving the sustainability of beef production in Europe. As part of policy development, public consultations are conducted regularly to ensure views of non-members are included in the direction of ERBS.
- How is the ERBS governed?
- Having evolved from SAI Platform’s Beef Working Group, the ERBS has its own defined governance arrangements and elected board. The ERBS also has subgroups such as the Technical Working Group, which defines the details behind targets, processes and the recognition framework.
- How is the ERBS linked to the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef?
- The ERBS represents the European beef value chain as one voice on the global stage, through its active participation in the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). The work of the ERBS is underpinned by the principles of the GRSB.
- How does the ERBS work with NGOs?
- Europe has diverse production systems and climates, there are many long-standing schemes, programmes and initiatives in place which aim to improve the sustainability of beef production. The ERBS brings stakeholders from existing programmes together in a pre-competitive environment to establish a common agenda, encourage mutually beneficial activities and accelerate the delivery of sustainability.
Rather than creating new standards, the ERBS recognises and reinforces national and local programmes. It encourages and supports stakeholders to develop their own approach, go beyond compliance, demonstrate continuous improvement, and work towards measurable sustainability outcomes.
- How does the ERBS work with policy makers?
- Launched in 2018, the ERBS has worked to define a role within the busy framework of food production initiatives. Many of the Platforms recognised have active involvement or support from government agencies and we look to continue this engagement on the European stage in future years.
- Is the ERBS an independent body?
- The direction of ERBS is defined by its members and the governance arrangements are designed to ensure representation from all parts of the food chain to ensure decisions are taken for collective good. The Secretariat and staff support is provided by SAI Platform.
- How can people get involved in the ERBS?
- The ERBS welcomes new members. To find out more, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Is there a cost?
- There is a membership fee based on the type and size of business.
- What is SAI Platform?
- The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform) is a global non-profit food and drink industry platform that develops sustainable agriculture solutions through member-driven pre-competitive collaboration.
- What is the link from the ERBS to SAI Platform?
- The ERBS evolved from SAI Platform’s Beef Working Group, and now has its own defined governance arrangements and elected board. Support is still provided by SAI Platform’s Secretariat and staff.
- Can SAI Platform members become members of the ERBS?
- Yes, SAI Platform members with a beef interest are welcome to join in ERBS meetings and work. Additionally, we welcome collaboration on projects between beef and the other farming sectors covered by SAI Platform.
- Are ERBS members automatically members of SAI Platform?
- There is a separate membership arrangement to reflect the fact that, for some ERBS members, they are only interested in involvement in beef related activities. See Join us.
- Can I contribute or give my views to the ERBS without being a member?
- The ERBS runs public consultations on strategic matters including materiality assessments to identify and prioritise target areas. We welcome feedback on our work, please contact: email@example.com
- What are the priority areas?
- The four priority areas for the ERBS are:
2. Animal medicines
3. Animal health and welfare
4. Farm Management
- How were the priority areas determined?
- The priority areas were determined using consolidated materiality assessments in six European countries with input from over 150 stakeholders across Europe. Following this, outcome targets were identified in each area and, in 2018, a public consultation was undertaken with the objective of gathering insights and input on these targets. The consultation survey was shared directly with key stakeholders and available online on the SAI Platform website for a period of 60 days.
Through this process, stakeholders provided feedback on the following:
• Whether the outcome targets were both appropriate and ambitious enough to drive meaningful progress across a diverse European beef industry.
• The difficulty level to achieve the targets.
• Recommendations for improvement.
- What are the targets?
- 1. Environment
1.1. Outcome Target: An intensity reduction of 15% in GHG emissions by 2025, with the aim of setting a future target that recognises the positive role beef production can contribute to mitigating climate change through reduction strategies and sequestration.
2. Animal Medicines
2.1. Outcome Target: Total usage of antibiotics below 10mg/Kg PCU by 2023.
2.2. Outcome Target: Reductions of 50% in the use of HP-CIAs by 2023.
3. Animal health and welfare
3.1. Outcome Target: Target mortality rates are below 1.5%. For systems with mortality rates above this target, a year on year reduction of 20% should be achieved.
3.2. Outcome Target: All animals have access to loose housing (when housed) by 2030.
3.3. Outcome Target: All animals are given pain relief (analgesics) for all surgical procedures and for all forms of castration, dehorning and disbudding.
4. Farm management
4.1. Outcome Target: A reduction in serious accidents on farm and a reduction in fatalities with an overall target of zero.
4.2. Outcome Target: Financially viable farms that have a business plan in place.
- How were the targets defined?
- The targets were defined from the priority areas based on materiality analysis responses from stakeholders across Europe.
- Do the targets align with other existing programmes?
- Where possible, the targets align with leading existing initiatives in action across Europe.
- Why isn’t there a target for water use or soil health?
- When first established, the SAI Platform Beef Working Groups’ focus was on defining a holistic set of 39 beef sustainability principles – from water quality to worker rights. However, achieving change at farm level and at European scale means focusing our efforts on a handful of key priorities, rather than trying to tackle everything at once.
Platforms can identify additional sustainability targets relevant to their country level materiality analysis.
- Is the ERBS planning to set more targets?
- The targets provide a common goal for Platforms within the ERBS. We will continuously develop these targets to drive beef sustainability and maintain relevance within the industry.
- How many farmers are engaged in the ERBS?
- We estimate that there are over 214,000 farms who are linked to current ERBS Platforms, which represent around 14% of European bovine farms.
- How does ERBS know if Platforms are on track to hit the targets?
- We expect Platforms to report progress annually to ERBS and proactively adjust their activity accordingly to maintain their progress against the targets.
- What commitments are the rest of the supply chain making?
- While the ERBS targets are focused on farm level sustainability, members and Platforms engage all parts of the supply chain and are involved in various other sustainability initiatives. The majority of ERBS members have internal sustainability strategies, covering, for example targets to reduce waste, water, energy, and GHG emissions in their business operations.
- Why are Platforms needed?
- Europe has diverse production systems and climates, the platforms recognise the diversity of production systems across Europe and therefore the different platform systems fills the need to build on existing local initiatives and provide the flexibility to work together in a locally-relevant way whilst representing the full value chain.
- What is the impact of the Platforms in terms of industry coverage and involvement?
- We estimate that there are over 214,000 farms who are linked to current ERBS Platforms. There are over 20 members engaged in ERBS directly with many more organisations represented through Platforms.
The ERBS brings stakeholders together in a pre-competitive environment to establish a common agenda, encourage mutually beneficial activities and accelerate the delivery of sustainability across the whole industry.
- How do I get involved in a Platform?
- If you would like to learn more or get involved then please contact the ERBS Manager – Bulle Pouzoulet at firstname.lastname@example.org
- I’m already undertaking activity in the target areas; will this duplicate this work?
- Work that is already being done can be incorporated into your targets and ensure there is no duplication of work. The work will then be part of the recognition process.
- Why are the Platforms not all the same?
- Europe has diverse production systems and climates. The Platforms recognise the diversity of production systems across Europe. They are therefore all different to allow them to work together in a locally relevant way whilst representing the full value chain.
- What commitment do I need to make to get involved in or set up a new Platform?
- Involvement will differ across Europe and is depending on the Platform, but it would require organisations and farmers to be willing to work towards the ERBS targets. If no Platform exists within a country, any beef stakeholder is welcome to set up a new Platform aligned with the ERBS targets. For further information, speak with Bulle Pouzoulet, the ERBS Manager at email@example.com.
- Do Platforms have aims to develop and grow?
- All Platforms are different, some relate to specific supply chains and others have a country-level focus. Each Platform will be aiming to engage farmers more closely and increase knowledge of activities of the Platform.
- How do Platform members talk about their involvement?
- ERBS is there to coordinate discussions across Europe with stakeholders and recognise European Platforms working towards these targets. Platforms report annually to the ERBS on their progress on the targets. The Platforms have autonomy to communicate about how they are meeting their goals at a country level, while the ERBS will communicate updates on country and pan-European level.
- Is there an on-pack mark we can use to show we source from farmers involved in a recognised Platform?
- No – but members can communicate their support for the work of the ERBS to their customers and on their organisations’ websites.
The ERBS recognition framework is not a traceability or assurance scheme but rather a set of targets to help demonstrate the positive work that is being done and make meaningful progress.
- Do all the farmers in a Platform need to meet the targets?
- Through consultation with the industry, we know the targets being set are challenging but they are also appropriate and achievable. These targets are here to help farmers make positive improvements and there is no requirement for them to be used as a compliance tool. The ERBS is there to monitor activity that is taking place in Europe and align this with recognisable targets.
- How do the Platforms gather information for the targets?
- Information gathering is all done in a manner agreed with the ERBS and stakeholders within the Platform. You can find more detailed information in the Platform Profiles in the ERBS Resource Centre.
Farm Sustainability Assessment
- What is the Farm Sustainability Assessment?
- Developed by SAI Platform, the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) is a set of tools for food and drink businesses that want to assess, improve and validate on-farm sustainability in their supply chains. The tools enable effective and efficient supply chain collaboration right down to the level of the farmer.
- Which topics does the Farm Sustainability Assessment cover?
- The Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) is a self-assessment questionnaire with 112 questions about farming practices in 17 topic areas. The questions cover all pillars of sustainability: environmental, social and business.
- Which type of farm can apply the Farm Sustainability Assessment?
- The Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) is applicable to all agricultural crops, in all locations, regardless of farm size. Almost 100,000 farmers in more than 25 countries around the world belong to FSA verified farm groups. They produce a wide and expanding range of row crops, fruit, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices. There is a special FSA for mushroom.
- I understand that the Farm Sustainability Assessment is a self-assessment tool. Is it also possible to have the results independently verified?
- Yes, the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) offers optional third-party verification of self-assessment results. FSA-approved Verification Bodies perform audits to assess if an individual farm or a group of farmers have implemented the FSA correctly, and if the self-assessment results at farm level are in line with their findings. On this basis, Verification Bodies can issue an FSA Letter of Attestation that enables making an FSA Performance Claim.
- Does a company have to be a member of SAI Platform to use the Farm Sustainability Assessment?
- No, the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) and all related tools and materials are freely downloadable from the FSA Resource Centre. Non-members are also allowed to make FSA Performance Claims. However, SAI Platform members benefit from exclusive access to the FSA Web App, as well as receiving close support on FSA implementation and communication. Members are also actively involved in the governance and development of the FSA. Follow the link to learn more about the benefits of SAI Platform membership.
Benefits and Value
- My company buys agricultural ingredients. Why should we consider the Farm Sustainability Assessment?
- The Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) provides companies that buy raw or processed agricultural materials with a standardised approach to achieve their sustainable farming targets in line with market requirements. The FSA is the single reference for sustainable farming across all cultivated crops anywhere in the world. By using this reference, companies can consistently engage with their suppliers in understanding and improving on-farm sustainability performance.
- My company buys raw agricultural products from farmers. Why should we consider the Farm Sustainability Assessment?
- The Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) allows first-level aggregators and primary processors to demonstrate that their farmers are engaged in an internationally recognised programme to assess, improve and validate on-farm sustainability performance. Food and drink companies around the world use the FSA to collaborate with their supplier on sustainability or define their sustainable sourcing requirements in terms of FSA Performance Levels.
- I understand the benefits of the Farm Sustainability Assessment for my company, but how do farmers benefit from it?
- The Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) meets farmers right where they are on their sustainability journey. The FSA provides farmers with the possibility to demonstrate their sustainability performance against an internationally accepted framework. The FSA has also benchmarked almost 100 on-farm sustainability schemes and given them an equivalency level which saves farmers time and money on multiple sustainability audits.
- Is the Farm Sustainability Assessment supported as credible by stakeholders outside of the food industry?
- The Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) was developed with expert input from people inside and outside of the industry, including leading NGOs, universities, farmers and their representative groups. SAI Platform used this input and builds on well-recognised existing standards and schemes–to develop the FSA. It is therefore seen as both a credible and complementary tool for assessing sustainable agricultural practices.
- OK, the Farm Sustainability Assessment fits with our company’s needs. Where do I start?
- There is a wealth of resources available for download in the FSA Resource Centre. If your company buys raw agricultural products from farmers, SAI Platform recommends reading the FSA Implementation Framework. Companies that do not buy directly from farmers are advised to read the FSA Supply Chain Implementation Guide.
Farm Level Implementation
- The questions in the Farm Sustainability Assessment might be difficult for the farmers we work with to understand. How can I help them understand the FSA better?
- The Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) is a list of highly generic questions, because it needs to be applicable to all crop farming worldwide. SAI Platform advises to support farmers in answering these questions. This can be done by adapting the questions to the specific farming context and by providing hands-on support when farmers fill out the FSA. Using the FSA Topic Guides and FSA Training Toolkit will help you to support farmers in this process.
- My company is a primary processor and we are interested in making an FSA Performance Claim. What do we need to do?
- Companies that have followed the FSA Implementation Framework with a group of farmers can choose to have their implementation verified through a third-party audit. This audit includes a review of the Farm Management System, a sample of self-assessments and a smaller sample of on-farm audits. FSA Performance Claims can only be made based on a completed verification audit.
- Do all farmers in a group need to self-assess and undergo third-party verification?
- No, only a minor sample of farms need to be self-assessed or third-party audited when implementing the Farm Sustainability Assessment with a group of farmers. The size of both samples depends on the number of farmers in the group. The exact sample size can be found in the FSA Implementation Framework.
- My company is ready to have its FSA Performance level third-party verified. Where can I find the list of approved audit companies?
- You can find the list of SAI Platform Approved FSA Verification Bodies here. Please contact the Verification Body Scheme Manager to ask for a quote or discuss your request. FSA Verification Bodies are subject to a range of requirements, including training. Auditors are required to follow FSA Audit Guidance in performing an FSA Audit. Most FSA Verification Bodies have qualified FSA auditors available worldwide.
- How much does it cost to implement the Farm Sustainability Assessment?
- The Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) is an open access and free to use toolset for food & drink companies and farms. Implementing the FSA will require a time investment to engage suppliers, set up a Farm Management System and do sample FSA self-assessments. Further investment may be needed to support farmers improve their practices. If you are looking to make FSA performance claims based on the self-assessment results, 3rd party verification is required.
- The invoice from the Verification Body includes a reference to a VB License Fee. What is this fee?
- SAI Platform charges a License Fee to Verification Bodies (VBs). This fee is used to cover all activities related to the Farm Sustainability Assessment audit management programme. This includes VB Approval and Maintenance, VB Training and our VB Integrity Programme. VBs have no other way to offset these costs and therefore typically charge their clients for it.
Supply Chain Level Implementation
- My company wants to buy FSA verified products. Where can I find an overview of FSA verified producers?
- There is no publicly available register of primary processors that are FSA verified. Primary Processors can choose to disclose their FSA verified status in the FSA Web App, which is exclusively available to SAI Platform members.
- My company wants to communicate about FSA performance to consumers by putting the FSA label on-pack. Can we do that?
- No, the name and label of the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) are not allowed to be used on consumer packaging. The FSA name and label can be used off-pack via online consumer communications such as sustainability reporting. FSA Performance Level Claims can only be made based on third-party verification results. Please consult the Guide to making FSA statements and claims for guidance on making FSA Performance Level Claims.
- Are there any Chain of Custody requirements to make FSA claims?
- No, companies are free to determine their own traceability requirements to support FSA volume claims. At farm group level, the Farm Sustainability Assessment requires a mass-balance approach to traceability. Third-party verification, a precondition for making FSA Claims, will include an audit of the traceability system at farm group level.
- Where can I find the list of sustainability schemes that have been benchmarked against the Farm Sustainability Assessment?
- The list of benchmarked schemes including their level of FSA equivalence can be found here. Please note that this list is regularly updated to include additions and changes.
- My organisation is considering having a new on-farm sustainability scheme benchmarked against the Farm Sustainability Assessment. How does it work?
- Benchmarks are performed by one of three SAI Platform approved benchmarking consultants. A benchmarking consultant is contracted by the party that is interested in the benchmark. The number of consultancy days required depends on the scope of the benchmark. Please find more detailed information about the Benchmarking Methodology here and contact SAI Platform if you are interested in doing a benchmark.
- My company sources from farmers that are already certified against GLOBALG.A.P. Fruit & Vegetables. Should we use the GLOBALG.A.P.- FSA Add-on?
- This is an option likely to save your farmers time as well as be more cost-efficient to your company. Please find more information about the GLOBALG.A.P. Add-on here or get in touch with GLOBALG.A.P. directly.
- My company sources from farmers that are already enrolled in Field-to-Market projects. Should we use the Field to Market FSA Equivalency Module?
- Yes, the Equivalency Module makes it easier for companies who use the Field Print Calculator (FPC) to also get started with the FSA. It allows growers using the FPC to reach FSA bronze level just by confirming compliance to federal and state regulations, and up to FSA Gold level by answering an additional 14 questions. The results of applying the Module can also be independently verified. Find out more about these possibilities here.
FSA Web App
- What is the Farm Sustainability Assessment Web App?
- The FSA Web App, SAI Platform’s online solution for the FSA, is exclusively available to member companies. The FSA Web App allows member companies to collect, manage and analyse all FSA-related information in a shared fashion with their upstream suppliers.
- What are the benefits of using the FSA Web App instead of the freely downloadable excel version?
- The FSA Web App is an online solution designed to make it easy to aggregate, analyse and share FSA information along the supply chain in a single system. Whether you are a farmer, a farm group coordinator or a buyer of agricultural ingredients, the FSA Web App empowers you to generate the insights you need to drive and demonstrate on-farm sustainability in your business. The FSA Web App enables Verification Bodies to tap into one central database for preparing and performing their audits.
- Our company is concerned about working on a shared data platform. How do we make sure that the confidentiality of our data is well-protected when we use the FSA Web App?
- The FSA Web App allows users to decide what information they share and with whom they share it. As a user, it is up to you to manage that through your settings. In addition, the FSA Web App runs on the servers of the International Trade Centre, a United Nations body with the highest standards in protecting data confidentiality.
- How can I register as a user for the Farm Sustainability Assessment Web App?
- Farmers can register for the FSA Web App free of charge. Representatives from SAI Platform member companies can get in touch to find out if their company already has an account or create a new account.
Sustainable Dairy Partnership
- What is the Sustainable Dairy Partnership (SDP) and what is its value?
- The SDP is a global approach to dairy sustainability in commercial relationships between dairy buyers and processors.
To avoid reinventing the wheel, the SDP builds on the Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF) and its 11 criteria. Without imposing a new standard, the SDP recognises national and company programmes.
Through the five stages of the Sustainable Dairy Partnership, processors strengthen their sustainability management system and report their progress and impacts. The SDP is a roadmap to sustainability for dairy processors, resulting in a simple, usable report for dairy buyers.
- Who is part of the Sustainable Dairy Partnership?
- The SDP is hosted and facilitated by SAI Platform and the members of its Dairy Working Group who represent approximately 30% of the global milk volume. This is an industry supported effort where key global buyers, farmers and processors have been involved in the development of this unique approach.
The governance of the SDP is undertaken by a Steering Group drawn from the SAI Platform Dairy Working Group.
For more information: www.saiplatform.org
- What is the relationship between the Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF) and the Sustainable Dairy Partnership?
- The DSF provides a global framework for a holistic, pre-competitive and collaborative approach to sustainability in the dairy value chain.
The SDP is the application of the DSF in a commercial environment, helping drive supply chain efficiencies and reduce duplication between suppliers and dairy buyers.
The partnership is a commitment to the DSF and a collaborative and common approach to assurance and reporting. It will help the global dairy sector to scale success.
Processors are required to be members of the DSF to complete the first stage of the SDP.
- What is the supply chain scope of the SDP?
- The SDP is a farm only programme. It is designed to include activities up to the farm gate. Farm inputs such as fodder are also within the scope. However, it does not include milk transport or processing.
- What is the benefit of the Sustainable Dairy Partnership for farmers?
- The SDP is designed to harmonise buyer sustainability programmes and reduce excessive farm audits.
- What is behind the name: Sustainable Dairy Partnership?
- The name reinforces the idea of building a united alliance of organisations focused on the same objectives. It uses clear terms and recognised values.
How does the Sustainable Dairy Partnership work?
- Who can use the Sustainable Dairy Partnership?
- The SDP can be used by any processor or buyer of dairy products.
- How can I join the Sustainable Dairy Partnership?
- There are 2 ways of joining the SDP:
• As a member of SAI Platform
All SAI Platform members are entitled to join the SDP. Members have access to the Dairy Working Group and can participate in all projects developed by the group. Members also have access to all SAI Platform tools and can join other working groups.
• As an SDP User
Users will only have access to the SDP materials and related tools: technical documents, and the SDP Learning Center. Users are not part of the Dairy Working Group.
- Do I need to be a member of SAI Platform in order to join the Sustainable Dairy Partnership?
- No, SDP users are not required to be SAI Platform members.
- Is there a cost to use the Sustainable Dairy Partnership?
- The cost for using the Sustainable Dairy Partnership is still being finalised, however, the following agreed principles will apply:
• Cost to users should be as low as possible so the entry barriers for any dairy processor are limited.
• The model must become self-funding.
- Is there any relationship between the Sustainable Dairy Partnership and the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA)?
- Both the SDP and the FSA have been developed in consultation by members of SAI Platform. They are practical toolsets to foster business to business collaboration for promoting on-farm sustainability, supported by independent third-party verification. The differences between the toolset reflect the differences between the dairy value chain and the crops-based value chain. The SDP is used at the level of the processor and buyer level, whereas the FSA is rooted in a farm-level self-assessment.
- What are the requirements processors need to meet in order to implement the SDP approach?
- One of the elements of the SDP is the SDP Requirements document. It includes the requirements for each of the 5 stages and verification points to align dairy processors & buyers. This enables the processor to demonstrate the implementation progress of the Sustainable Dairy Partnership.
- What is the role of an “aggregator” in the Sustainable Dairy Partnership?
- Aggregating members of the DSF, which are often national programmes, can support their member organisations to achieve a better performance and progress through the SDP stages. They can provide guidance and support on applying the DSF and SDP in the local context.
- What is a “materiality analysis”?
- The materiality analysis is an approach to identify critical economic, environmental and social issues, which may either reflect a significant impact on the company’s business performance or substantively influence the assessments and decisions of its stakeholders. The materiality analysis is a requirement of Stage 2 of the SDP and identifies the priority DSF Criteria to be addressed in subsequent stages.
Guidance on how to perform a materiality analysis can be available from the DSF, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and national dairy associations.
- What are the expectations around Foundational Elements?
- Dairy processors ensure that they understand all the requirements related to the SDP Foundational Elements: Compliance with local legislation, Animal care and welfare, Human Rights and Deforestation.
Risks for potential non-compliance with the SDP foundational elements, must be identified and if applicable, policies must be developed and implemented to address and support alignment and conformity with the foundational elements. They are a unique requirement of the SDP and are not an aspect of the DSF.
- Where can I access the Sustainable Dairy Partnership’s tools and technical documents?
- All materials are only available to SDP members or users through the SDP Learning Center.
- Does my SDP Report have to be verified?
- Yes. Based on the SDP 5 stages matrix, processors need to externally verify the foundational elements and materiality analysis in order to complete stage 3.
- Who is eligible for external verification?
- Only SDP members and users are eligible for external verification. Dairy buyers will only recognise SDP reports from registered members or users.
- Who can do the external verification?
- External verification will need to be done by an independent organisation who has demonstrated experience with external assurance systems. They may already be in use by the organisation for activities such as assurance of sustainability reports.
The verification body will have to understand the SDP framework before performing any verification activity. All activities must follow the SDP verification protocol.
- Is there an existing sustainability certification for dairy products that I can use?
- The SDP provides a way to implement and report on the DSF criteria in the B2B environment. It recognises company and national standards to demonstrate continuous improvement. Specific certifications may be used to demonstrate fulfilment of certain requirements.
- Will the Sustainable Dairy Partnership have an on-product label?
- No, the SDP was created for industry use and business to business relations. It is not a certification scheme.
By the end of 2020, we will develop a guidance document explaining all claims and company statements around the SDP.
- Where can I learn more about the Sustainable Dairy Partnership?
- For more information visit our website or email us.