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Sustainability in livestock farming discussed from end to end in the chain.

### Roundtable Unites Various Beef Production Stakeholders to Strengthen Sustainable Livestock Farming in Brazil


The GTPS – Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock – brings together all links in the beef production chain with a common goal. Rural producers, input and service companies, slaughterhouses and industries, retailers and restaurants, financial institutions, and civil society representatives meet in working groups and various meetings to seek solutions for developing sustainability in Brazilian livestock farming.




### Roundtable Unites Various Beef Production Stakeholders to Strengthen Sustainable Livestock Farming in Brazil


The GTPS – Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock – brings together all links in the beef production chain with a common goal. Rural producers, input and service companies, slaughterhouses and industries, retailers and restaurants, financial institutions, and civil society representatives meet in working groups and various meetings to seek solutions for developing sustainability in Brazilian livestock farming.


“Today, we are more than 60 associated organizations that join forces, bring different perspectives, and share various experiences to discuss relevant and trending topics in the livestock sector,” asserts the Group's current president, Sergio Schuler, who is also Vice President of Ruminant Nutrition and Health Business at DSM.


### Activities and Working Groups


The activities and meetings of the working groups result in positions for the chain, reports that compile knowledge on the discussed topics, and webinars to share solutions with the external public. Currently, the topics of Climate, focusing on greenhouse gas emissions, and Traceability are being discussed in the working groups. Later in 2022, the Land working group will address topics related to land-use change, pasture management, and payment for environmental services.


To participate in the groups and other activities, it is necessary to become a member of the Roundtable. In addition to discussing relevant topics for the area, members connect with the main companies in the sector. “The networking opportunities within GTPS are one of the highlights. We have several examples of successful partnerships that occur here. Among our members are major players in the sector, important organizations, startups, and prominent companies in Brazilian agribusiness,” emphasizes Schuler.


Members of the Group also benefit from training, lectures, participation and discounts at events, media presence, and other advantages. More information about GTPS’s work and how to join can be found on social media and the website gtps.org.br.


### History


The nonprofit institution was created in 2007 with the initial objective of discussing a unique and transparent way of adopting common standards and practices for the sector. “We were the first organization in the world to bring together all these actors to talk about sustainable livestock. It has been over 15 years of history that started from an unprecedented idea and inspired the creation of other roundtables around the world,” recalls GTPS Executive Manager Luiza Bruscato.


In addition to the current 11 roundtables in other countries and regions, such as Africa, Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, the United States, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, and Paraguay, the Group also stimulated the creation of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), of which it is now an active member.


### Sustainable Livestock Guide


Among GTPS’s contributions to society is the GIPS – Sustainable Livestock Indicators Guide. The free tool helps rural producers, input companies, industries, and retailers evaluate the sustainability level of their activities. Users must register and fill out a questionnaire with indicators related to the environment, business management (profitability), people (workers), and the impact on the local community.


“After filling it out, the platform generates a report with information about the current moment in the sustainability journey and what can be improved, and it also points out ways to do so. These strategies can result in market differentiation and, consequently, greater profitability,” says Luiza. The manager also emphasizes that the information provided is confidential.


The GIPS is available at gips.org.br.


### Services


GTPS has also developed training in sustainable livestock to support rural producers and field technicians who want to understand more about the topic and delve into sustainability indicators. The training is held virtually and lasts 16 hours. To participate, prior knowledge in the agricultural, livestock, or environmental area is required.


Additionally, lectures on topics such as “Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Livestock in Brazil” and “Global Sustainability Trends in the Livestock Chain” can be booked. More details can be found on the Group’s website.


### Initiatives Map


The Group makes a point of highlighting good practices related to the topic that occur in Brazil. The objective of the Sustainable Livestock Initiatives Map (MIPS) is to showcase replicable actions, be a source of information on the topic, including for investment, and, above all, serve as inspiration for rural producers and others involved in the subject.


It is possible to register an initiative for free. Learn about MIPS at gtps.org.br/mips.

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