FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The purpose of this material is to encourage all links of the value chain of the cattle livestock to use the indicators as a sustainability search tool. For GTPS, sustainability is a continuous improvement process.
The document was created to be a self-evaluation tool with a gradual approach and different development stages applicable to all links.
Principles are the levels of intentions of the document, usually in the form of essential declarations regarding the desired results.
The criteria detail the conditions that need to be fulfilled to comply with a principle.
Indicators are quantitative or qualitative parameters that can be assessed in relation to the criteria. In the Sustainable Livestock Indicators Guide (GIPS), the indicators are organized according to cumulative performance stages and the criteria describe the highest level in the performance scale.
The GIPS is fruit of the agreement between the members of GTPS, which represent all links of the livestock farming production chain.
All representatives of the bovine livestock farming chain that intend to use these indicators as a sustainability search tool.
This Guide is meant to be inclusive, from those who just set off on the sustainability journey to those who are already trying to show the results achieved.
It is not a purpose of the GTPS to establish a certification or a minimum level of performance, but to increasingly include more participants of the value chain from cattle ranching and create instruments to help them to constantly evolve. GTPS will not verify, endorse, certify or provide any opinion or seal to the users of GIPS; nor will it authorize any user to issue declarations or use the GTPS logotype to demonstrate their compliance with the GIPS. It is up to each user to evaluate whether its performance or the performance of the participants of its value chain is suitable or not.
Yes. The Sustainable Livestock Indicators Guide contains Principles, Criteria and Indicators with up to five performance levels.