Stakeholders from both within and outside the industry have been widely engaged across a three-stage of consultation process led by the Sheep Sustainability Steering Group (Sheep SSG). Stakeholders were given the opportunity to provide feedback on two drafts of the Framework, informing the development and refinement of the final document.
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.