Land Resources

Indicator Definition

The stewardship of terrestrial and aquatic habitats in relation to water, soil, and biodiversity. Impacts of land use and land use conversion, both caused by and prevented by ranching and farming activities and other supply chain land use decisions.

Why is this indicator important to the packer and processor sector?

Packers and processors are responsible for maintaining and protecting the land associated with their property, including water and soil ecosystems.

Metric

Does the company have initiatives and/or explore opportunities to mitigate land and biodiversity impacts from new facility developments?

Why did we choose this metric?

In general, manufacturing facilities have a relatively small land footprint but one significant point of impact to land would be at site selection when considering new developments. Considering the environmental impact of a new facility is a prudent practice to allow a company to address potential issues prior to a construction project and improve upon land resources sustainability outcomes.

Desired Outcomes

Packers and processors that have initiatives and/or explore opportunities to mitigate land and biodiversity impacts to new facility developments can have positive effects related to land resources sustainability outcomes. The positive effects include:

  • Development of sustainable land management practices within facility guidelines for new facility development and/or remodeling
  • Demonstration of land management considerations with future plans

Why do these outcomes matter?

Giving consideration to the environmental impact of a new facility is a prudent practice to allow a company to address potential issues prior to a construction project.

Success Criteria

Increase the number of companies who have initiatives and/or explore opportunities to mitigate land and biodiversity impacts to new facility developments.

How does this metric continuously improve beef sustainability?

It promotes increased number of companies to use sustainable land management guidelines for new facility development and/or remodeling.

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