The AgriFutures Australia study, Telling Australia’s rural industries story, is a snapshot of sustainability in the Australian agricultural, fisheries and forestry sector and how it tracks against the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Undertaken by KPMG Australia, the study offers a truly cross-sector analysis of sustainability, with input from every research and development corporation (RDC) and suggests there are real benefits to be gained if Australia can get consistency with its sustainability goals, measurements and global messaging.
Jennifer Medway, Senior Manager Business Development, AgriFutures Australia explained that while the SDGs are just one measure of sustainability, the goals are increasingly viewed as the internationally accepted language for measuring and reporting business, industry and country-level sustainability credentials.
“Paying closer attention to world trends when it comes to sustainability can pay real dividends for Australia’s food and fibre products and access to markets,” said Ms Medway.
“We are already seeing this play out. Since 2018, all European Union Free Trade Agreements must now include a Trade and Sustainable Development chapter, requiring partners to follow international standards across the three sustainable development pillars: economic, environmental and social.
“Our international trade partners want to know what Australia’s sustainability narrative is and we need to stretch beyond our ‘clean and green’ identity to focus on proven sustainability measures. The maturity of Australia’s SDG alignment and reporting varies considerably by industry – a challenge we must collectively address.”