New chair of the European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability announced

New chair of the European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability announced

OSI Europe’s operations director and head of sustainability, Claire Donoghue, has been named board chair of the European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability (ERBS).

Claire Donoghue, board chair of the European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability (ERBS)

In her new role, Donoghue will oversee the continued development of the sustainability platform, which launched in 2018 as a regional division of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). She will also be responsible for tracking the progress of recognised programmes and platforms toward ERBS targets.

Like its global counterpart, the ERBS works with stakeholders across the beef industry, from farmers to distributors, to guide improvements in a range of sustainability areas. ERBS is focused in particular on animal health and welfare, animal medicine usage, farm management and greenhouse gas emissions.

Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, chief sustainability officer at OSI, a global food supplier, said: “As a founding member of the ERBS and staunch supporter of sustainability roundtables, OSI is thrilled to have one of our own at the helm of a group we’ve been proud to work with.

“We look forward to continuing to support Claire’s work, at OSI and ERBS, to advance our vision of a more sustainable beef industry.”

Donoghue comes to the role with extensive experience both in the beef industry and as a leader within the ERBS. Since late 2018, she has chaired its Technical Working Group, which develops strategies to recognise national and local beef sustainability programmes.

Commenting on her appointment, Donoghue said: “This is an exciting time to chair the ERBS. The Technical Working Group have worked closely with beef stakeholders to create common goals.

“Now, we will be focusing on reporting our progress against these goals and will encourage further engagement from European stakeholders. I look forward to leading this group, while working collaboratively with our peers and subject matter experts throughout our global network.”

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