Working groups 2021

In 2021, three working groups will continue on the themes that were addressed during the 2020 ASAP conference. The working groups are the following.

MOP+ scheme for animal welfare

The goal of this working group is to create an underlying method-of-production label that also includes a number of animal-welfare indicators that is:

  • Meant for voluntary use
  • Suitable for international use
  • Able to create order in existing animal-welfare labels
  • Tiered, ranging from EU minimum to premium animal-welfare production standards
  • Usable as a starting point for further harmonization in Europe.

The current participants of this working group are:

  • Ahold Delhaize
  • Compassion in World Farming
  • Cooperl
  • Dairy Data Warehouse
  • Deutsche Tierschutzbund
  • Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals (Dierenbescherming)
  • Eurogroup for animals
  • Livar
  • RSPCA
  • Tesco
  • University of Bristol
  • Vier Pfoten

Integrated sustainability dashboard

The goal of this working group is to create an overarching dashboard that displays the sustainability level of animal products and is based on existing systems that measure sustainability using relevant indicators.

  • The dashboard should be suitable for international use
  • It should be possible to identify different levels of sustainability (analogous to different levels of animal welfare in method-of-production schemes)
  • Choices should be made about e.g.:
    • Means vs. goals
    • Sustainability on the level of products vs. acreage vs. enterprise
    • Focus of life-cycle analysis (LCA)
  • It should be possible to fit existing successful labels and concepts into the levels of the overarching scheme / score them on the criteria of the dashboard.
  • Attention should be paid to compatibility with an overarching international scheme for animal welfare.
  • Independent validation of scores is important to reach objective results.

The current participants of this working group are:

  • Ahold Delhaize
  • Arla
  • Coalitie Vitale Varkenshouderij
  • Dairy Data Warehouse
  • Danske Slagterier
  • Eurogroup for Animals
  • FrieslandCampina
  • Globalg.a.p.
  • Lidl Netherlands
  • MSD Animal Health
  • Rabobank
  • SMK
  • Stichting Weidegang
  • Sustainable Food Trust
  • The Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals
  • Wageningen University

Financing the transition towards sustainable animal products

This working group will have 4 meetings in 2021. The goals of these meetings is to:

  • Share knowledge and experience about how money flows can best support the transition to sustainable animal products
  • Create an overview of different sources of financing for (the transition to) sustainable production, in order to look for overlap and differences between different instruments
  • Attention will be paid to the complexity of the value chain.
  • Cooperate to work on shared definitions of and criteria for sustainability, in order to focus support for sustainable production in similar ways throughout the (international) value chains.
  • The topic of true pricing can also be on the agenda.
  • Collaborate with the European Commission to look for alignment of EU initiatives (e.g. Taxonomy Regulation for sustainable investment) and decentralized (public and private) initiatives.

We are always looking for new partners! Are you or is your organization interested in joining one or multiple of the working groups? Please contact CĂ©line Bouwens (c.k.bouwens@minlnv.nl).