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The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform) is the primary global food & drink value chain initiative for sustainable agriculture. Food companies and retailers are the largest purchasers of agricultural raw materials. To ensure a constant, increasing and safe supply of agricultural raw materials, these must be grown in a sustainable manner.
SAI Platform today counts over 160 members from across the world, including LMC, which actively share the same view on sustainable agriculture. Members share a commitment to developing sustainable agriculture in a pre-competitive environment.
SAI Platform develops (or co-develops) tools and guidance to support global and local sustainable sourcing and agriculture practices.
SAI Platform coordinates industry and issue specific Working Groups who share knowledge and arrive at solutions that overcome their mutual challenges, including the European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability.
Find out more here: SAI Platform — Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform
The ERBS is a multi-stakeholder organisation focused on European beef sustainability from farm to fork. The ERBS unites and coordinates sustainability programmes around a common agenda to deliver measurable and positive impact within the beef value chain. The ERBS is aligned to the principles of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) and other major international bodies. It has a membership of over 24 major processor, retailer, food service and allied industry members across the European Region. The ERBS currently has six aligned platforms operating in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland and UK. LMC is a Board member of ERBS. Recognising that Europe has diverse production systems and climates the ERBS welcomes and supports stakeholders to develop their own approach in a locally relevant way.
The ERBS aim goes beyond compliance to demonstrate continuous improvement and work towards measurable sustainability outcomes.
To achieve this, ERBS consulted and agreed on four action areas that focus on eight outcome targets to align all Platforms within European countries.
Action Area 1: Environment
Action Area 2: Animal Medicines
Action Area 3: Animal Health and Welfare
Action Area 4: Farm Management
Find out more here: European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability — SAI Platform
The UK Cattle Sustainability Platform (UKCSP) was formed in 2019 to provide businesses which are involved in the UK beef supply with a platform to collaborate and share information to support and measure the positive actions and progress towards achieving sustainable beef. LMC is an active member of UKCSP.
The UKCSP will aim to deliver against the European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability (ERBS) targets.
Find out more here: UK Cattle Sustainability Platform | British Meat (sustainablebritishmeat.org)
The Northern Ireland Greenhouse Gas Implementation Partnership (GHGIP) set out a framework of actions in two 5-year plans to help the agriculture sector reduce its environmental impact. The first plan – Efficient Farming Cuts Greenhouse Gases Strategy and Action Plan – ran from 2011-2015 and focused on raising awareness of how efficient farming improves business performance and reduces GHG emissions per unit of production. In the updated plan – Efficient Farming Cuts Greenhouse Gases Implementation Plan 2016-20 – the focus shifted to implementation and increasing the wider-scale adoption of more efficient farming practices across farms in NI. The Partnership has 4 sub-groups comprising red meat (Chaired by LMC), dairy, arable and carbon sequestration and has initiated discussions on the next five years of the plan in the context of new policy and support frameworks for agriculture and climate change in Northern Ireland.
Find out more here: Tackling greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture | Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (daera-ni.gov.uk)
To learn more about any of LMC’s sustainability activities please call LMC on 028 9263 3000