Sustainability OBE joins UN Global Compact
OBE Organic Managing Director Dalene Wray said supporting the UN Global Compact as a Signatory underlines the farmer-owned company’s commitment to running a sustainable beef supply chain.
“We began to formalise this work in 2015 with our Flourish sustainability program, which involved our entire company working together to identify environment, animals, people and product topics we need to manage well. Joining the UN Global Compact requires little change to our existing sustainability work, but it does show our customers around the world we are serious about producing ethical and sustainable beef that consumers can feel good about buying,” he further explained.
OBE Organic’s sustainability program goes beyond organic certification, and aims to manage risks and opportunities in a way that further reduces its impact and creates benefits along the supply chain.
By doing this in a strategic way, it is also contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – a key ambition of the UN Global Compact. Some of its actions include:
- Farmer productivity and environmental management: Supporting Grazing BMP to deliver best practice workshops for outback graziers (SDG 2 Zero Hunger)
- Gender and ethnic diversity: Becoming one of the first Australian agribusinesses to have a Reconciliation Action Plan, and promoting gender equality including via majority female Directors and employees (SDG 5 Gender Equality)
- Farm safety: Collaborating to deliver webinars and develop an online farm safety induction (SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth)
- Animal health: Forming an animal welfare committee with supply chain representatives, and partnering with MLA Donor Company to explore how to use data to improve cattle health and welfare (SDG 12 Responsible Production and Consumption)
- Industry partnerships: Collaborating with five organisations in 2017/18 to deliver sustainability initiatives (SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals).