Nrm knowledge conference 20 april 2010


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  • What is the impact of this on natural resources? How much resilience is there in this picture?
  • What can we learn from QA?Running multiple systems isn’t good business.You can expect some resistance when you ask people to start documenting and proving things they have been doing for years without the need to prove anything to anyone.Being asked to do this without a clear reward or payback can lead to negativity, hostility, resentment. Casualties of increased pressure can be production capacity, the natural resources, people’s goodwill and self esteem. So – how do we not do this again and how do we encourage or at least reduce resistance to the uptake of environmental assurance / management systems?
  • Nrm knowledge conference 20 april 2010

    1. 1. Maximising the benefits<br />Jane Lovell TQA Australia<br />
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    3. 3. My mission<br />To explain my world<br />To give you an understanding of the retail drivers for environmental assurance <br />To explain what this could mean for primary producers<br />To promote collaboration <br />
    4. 4. What is good business?<br />Financial control<br />Adaptability<br />Sustainability<br />Customer satisfaction<br />Happy employees<br />Money in the bank<br />Customer service<br />Sound supplier relationships<br />Resource management<br />Legal compliance<br />Strong relationships<br />
    5. 5. What is good business?<br />Effectively managing <br />Money and resources<br />Money <br />Customers<br />Suppliers <br />Internal controls<br />Resources<br />Production capacity<br />People, relationships<br />Natural resources<br />
    6. 6. Customers <br />Some have specific requirements, not just product specifications…..<br />
    7. 7. What does this feel like?<br />
    8. 8. Response<br />Not trusted<br />Waste of money<br />Compliance mentality <br />Put upon<br />
    9. 9. Welcome to my world<br />
    10. 10. Domestic scenario<br />FSANZ<br />Retailers<br />
    11. 11. International scenario<br />Carbon labelling<br />Carbon Trust – PAS 2050<br />ISO 14067<br />GHG Protocol WRI/WBCSD <br />Aeon – “Global Warming Prevention Declaration<br />Casino – preparing for mandatory environmental labelling in France<br />EC – role of carbon footprinting in European climate policy<br />Greenpeace – piloting labelling in Austria with organic as the best case standard<br />
    12. 12. Consumers<br />NRM / NGO’s<br />Retailer<br />Retailer <br />Agrifood business<br />Primary producer<br />Soil<br />Water<br />Air<br />
    13. 13. Is this good business?<br />Running multiple systems not good for $ or effective use of human resources<br />Potential for financial pressure to transfer to other resources<br />Loss of resilience – personal and natural resources<br />
    14. 14. What would be good business?<br />One system meeting needs of all stakeholders<br />Checking regularly that system works<br />On ground benefits<br />Efficient<br />Financial benefits<br />Modifying system / practices as needed<br />
    15. 15. Water<br />Air<br />Soil<br />Retailer <br />Agrifood business <br />Retailer <br />NRM <br />Primary producer<br />
    16. 16. Environmental Systems Recognition Framework<br />to develop a credible means of recognising on farm environmental certification systems that meet the requirements of major domestic customers and other stakeholders<br />to avoid the need for Australian primary producers to implement and manage multiple environmental management systems <br />
    17. 17. Environmental Systems Recognition Framework<br />NOT another system<br />
    18. 18. Benefits<br />provides clarity on systems that meet stakeholder environmental requirements<br />allows producers to implement a single system to meet the requirements of multiple stakeholders<br />maximises the options for producers and maximises the supply base for retailers / agrifood businesses<br />provides structure for monitoring and data collection regarding environmental impacts / remediation <br />minimises the time spent on compliance and increases resources available to environmentally responsible farming practices<br />“recognition” process is independent and credible<br />
    19. 19. Scope<br /> All the horticultural farming activities that happen on the farm up to and including harvest<br />
    20. 20. Areas addressed<br />Chemical management<br />Fertiliser and soil additive management<br />Land and soil management<br />Water management<br />Biodiversity<br />
    21. 21. Areas addressed<br />Waste and pollution management<br />Energy<br />Climate change<br />Internal system management<br />System integrity control<br />Auditors<br />
    22. 22. Structure of the framework<br />Banner statements<br />Compliance criteria<br />
    23. 23. 1. Chemical management<br />1.1 Agricultural chemicals<br />Agricultural chemicals are handled, stored, used and disposed of in a responsible manner, minimising the risk of environmental contamination<br />
    24. 24. 1.1 Agricultural chemicalsCompliance criteria<br />1.1.1 The use of chemical control methods are justified, through crop monitoring or a recognised preventative program. Records of application and justification are required.<br />1.1.2Non-chemical control methods are implemented where possible. Records of actions are required.<br />
    25. 25. Recognition process<br />Developing a credible process<br />Reviewed existing benchmarking systems<br />Talked to key stakeholders<br />Secured a reputable and experience “benchmarker”<br />Two stages – desk audit and verification (on site and / or with certification bodies)<br />
    26. 26. Progress<br />Retailers appear interested<br />Want industry support for the initiative before progressing further<br />
    27. 27. Support<br />for the initiative can be shown by endorsing:<br />the concept of “recognising” environmental systems that meet retailer / agribusiness / NRM organisation requirements.<br />the eleven areas covered in the version 6.4 of the framework as critical to proving sound environmental management.<br />the banner statements included in version 6.4 of the framework.<br />the compliance criteria included in version 6.4 of the framework.<br />
    28. 28. Awareness<br />Is this a tool that could be useful in your world?<br />Is this something you can support / endorse?<br />Two worlds collide<br />
    29. 29. Interested?<br />Current project finishes 31 May 2010<br />Copies of framework in packs<br />If you think there is merit in this project please contact me <br /><br /> 0419 554 047<br />