This final report presents the findings of a RIRDC-funded research project on a range of voluntary approaches to environmental and quality management for application to agriculture and allied rural industries. The report focuses primarily on a range of voluntary (non-legislated) approaches to environmental management in agricultural and rural industries, the development of which is being driven by sustainability and globalisation imperatives. These voluntary approaches to environmental management in agriculture (voluntary environmental management arrangements, or VEMAs) are undertaken for the purposes of environmental and quality assurance, food safety and animal welfare. Interest in diverse VEMAs is gathering momentum in Australia and overseas. This research sheds light on international developments in a rapidly evolving area that holds much promise for agriculture and rural industries.