The Australian Egg Industry Sustainability Framework has been developed to provide for productive engagement with the Australian community and set a course for continuous improvement.
The CSIRO is undertaking a 3-year research program on the impacts and contributions of the egg industry across areas such as the environment, animal welfare, food security and livelihoods.
Views from a sample of approximately 5,000 Australians will be collected and a public invitation to participate in the survey will be made in the coming months through the CSIRO website.
The research outputs will provide insights into the relationship between the egg industry and the community and identify pathways to deeper levels of trust and acceptance of the industry. Australian Eggs will use the CSIRO research as the key input to its public engagement activities under the Sustainability Framework and has committed to transparent reporting of the research outputs.
Transparency is the cornerstone of building community trust and acceptance. Industries are constantly evolving and people want access to accurate information to know how their food is produced or products manufactured.
Community expectations are constantly evolving too and this extends beyond mainstream consumer purchasing decisions to much broader questions about how industries conduct themselves.
In response to this dynamic, Australian Eggs approached the CSIRO to conduct a large-scale, comprehensive research program. It’s expected the research will provide the egg industry with a better understanding of community attitudes and communities with a better understanding of the egg industry.
Australian Eggs believes agricultural industries must be more transparent to build trust with a changing Australian public that is increasingly interested in how their food is produced.
Timeline of activity
The process is being driven by Australian Eggs but the research is being conducted independently by the CSIRO. Put simply, the CSIRO does the research and the egg industry decides what to do with it.
The community is the Australian public. The process will explore community views on egg industry issues through a statistically representative sample of 5,000 people as well as an ‘open call’ to participate for anyone that is interested.
Australia’s leading science agency will conduct the research by engaging with stakeholders directly, collecting survey data, analysing it and providing it to Australian Eggs in a useable format. While the CSIRO will be paid by Australian Eggs to conduct the research, the CSIRO governance structure protects research integrity and the independence of its science outputs.
Australian Eggs is the research and development corporation for the egg industry and it will support the CSIRO by providing information about the industry and making the research outputs publicly available. After the work of the CSIRO is completed, Australian Eggs will engage with industry stakeholders to ensure the Sustainability Framework Report has their input.
The egg industry includes egg farming businesses and other businesses along the supply chain such as veterinarians, feed companies and representative bodies. Australian Eggs commits to transparent reporting of the CSIRO’s findings so interested parties can understand why and how the egg industry is responding to the research.
The research program is being conducted on a scale and level of robustness that sets it apart from a multitude of other community surveys. The CSIRO will conduct its research on an annual cycle over 3 years to examine whether the relationship between the egg industry and communities across Australia is changing.
The CSIRO’s research is not an opinion poll on the egg industry. Rather, it’s a deep-dive into the sometimes conflicting factors that influence community perceptions, such as carbon footprint, cost of food, animal welfare and economic contribution of the industry. All industries have impacts at some level and the goal of the research is to examine the issues, both positive and negative, from multiple angles to form a 3D picture of the relationship.
The CSIRO began by undertaking background research on the egg industry to gain an understanding of the relationship between the egg industry and communities prior to May 2018. The researchers will interview industry and external stakeholders to hear the views of interested parties along the supply chain, from farmer to consumer. They will then analyse that information to identify themes as an input to the development of the community surveys.
Learn more and have your say
Visit the CSIRO’s website to sign-up for updates and participate in the survey.
If you have any questions about the Sustainability Framework, please get in touch via email@example.com or (02) 9409 6999.
Any concerns about the conduct of this project can be raised with the CSIRO’s Manager of Social Responsibility and Ethics via firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 3833 5693.