Numerous Overbrook environment grantees are in the news today with the announcement of a new Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef - an independent, non-profit working towards environmental and industry-related improvements across the global beef industry. The 17 founding members are Cargill, McDonald’s, Merck Animal Health, Grupo de Trabalho da Pecuaria Sustentavel (GTPS), National Wildlife Federation, Rainforest Alliance, Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Australia, The Nature Conservancy, Wal-mart, and the World Wildlife Fund.
The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef will be registered an international legal entity which will allow for local, regional, and national initiatives in beef production systems. The group has also received an endorsement from the Consumer Goods Forum and has formed an strategic alignment with Brazil’s The Working Group on Sustainable Beef.
In May 2012, this new NPO will participate in meetings at the Australian Beef Conference and intends to host the second Global Conference on Sustainable Beef later this year.