To date, both stakeholder from within and outside the sheep industry stakeholders have participated in the first two stages of a three-stage consultation process led by the Sheep Sustainability Steering Group (Sheep SSG). Stage 3 is currently in progress, and all stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the current draft of the Framework via an online survey.
Comprehensive engagement with stakeholders is required to help build a Framework that is widely supported and fit for purpose. The consultation approach for the Framework is based on the principles of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2).
The IAP2 approach categorises stakeholders into five levels (inform, consult, involve, collaborate, empower) according to the level of engagement required, based on their interest and influence. The consultation approach has additionally been informed by the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard (AA1000SES). This is a broad framework used in the assessment, design, implementation and communication of quality stakeholder engagement.