Alison Penfold explains the new animal welfare standards for the live cattle trade to Vietnam
source : ABC News

Global Compliance Group

We Comprise

• Global Compliance Limited
• PT Global Compliance Asia
• Cong Ty Tnhh Dich Vu Global Compliance Vietnam

And Incorporates

• Track & Trace Big Brother (BB)
• Big Brother Next Edition System (BBNE System)
• Conception to Consumption

Purpose, Vision & Foundations

We strive to deliver World’s best Control & Traceability solutions (Software, Hardware and People) that ensures the surpassing of Regulatory and Statutory requirements
To always surpass what we have done before; to improve and grow our product services and continue to be the leading independent third-party service provider to the Australian Live Export sector and the world
Is based on providing accurate real time data. Continually improving technology to ensure good animal welfare outcome for all livestock in the supply chains ensuring longevity for the industry. But above all honesty, transparency, and the truth.

Key Principles

The BBNE system is underpinned by key principles to ensure that the correct animal welfare outcomes are achieved.
Reporting non-conformances to the platform Collective Standards for Animal Welfare (CSAW) creates peer pressure for exporters to act immediately and collectively to address issues that will occur within market due to commercial pressures and abnormalities. By identifying issues immediately corrective action can be implemented and necessary reporting and or suspensions can be enforced; this serves to protect all members of the Group.
Those who utilize the BBNE system services are bound to a Code of conduct which amongst other things affirms the requirement for transparency, ongoing enhancement, and best practice always.
The BBNE system tracks livestock movement throughout the supply chain with little or no human intervention. Recording and reporting documentation is delivered to clients in real time for their review and action.
The use of the GC tag is the primary traceability component coupled with inbuilt readers and scanners, Video and real time surveillance is the secondary means and NLIS recording serves to provide a tertiary component of traceability control of the supply chain. Along with in market staff, control room staff and clients on ground staff the combined system and processes ensures compliance with, ESCAS, OIE and the 6-point plan and the highest standard of animal welfare.

Anything Less is Untraceable

The need to implement Control and Traceability in overseas markets was the catalyst for ensuring the highest standard of Animal Welfare outcomes; the Global Compliance Group has delivered positive animal welfare outcomes surpassing anything else ever set in place and this has been achieved with NO Industry or Government funding.
These outcomes have been achieved by providing commercially viable solutions that underpin the long term sustainably of the Live Export Industry.

BBNE system closes the Gaps in relation to control and traceability by incorporating high frequency tags, real time continues pairing with real time monitoring and recording provided by a control room staffed with a highly trained and experienced human resources set operating in a dedicated purpose built facility which operates 365 days per year 24 hours per day.

The BBNE allows Livestock to be individually visually and electronically tracked from arrival in country, to delivery to feedlots movement to depots and then to ultimate slaughter and processing in abattoirs.

BBNES functions as a 24/7 platform for those requiring the knowledge that they have compliance with OIE, ESCAS and the 6-point plan standards and the ability to implement immediate corrective action if required. BBNE ensures that exported livestock are at all time monitored.

The single most important component of ensuring best animal welfare outcomes is “Control and Traceability”. The Global Compliance Group has continued to develop and enhance this over the past 8 years; the current version of Big Brother Next Edition System (BBNE system) is the culmination of this. But this is not where it stops and as always this is under constant critique, review, and enhancement.

Cut Through

In an environment of over regulation and clutter in the marketplace. Simplicity, technology, observation, real time recording, traceability, and the ability to cut through the rhetoric of voluminous documentation is essential to ensure

  • Best practice and compliant animal welfare outcomes
  • Compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Immediacy of implementation in respect of corrective action
  • The provision of reliable data
  • To provide a platform supporting actions and outcomes capable of attack and defence

This all comes with the adoption of BBNE system; BBNE identifies issues as and when they occur to allow prompt and efficient actions and resolution of issues


The Four E’s

Third Party Audits are performed at a point in time; they are static with access to the facilities needing to be pre-organised by auditors and owners of the facilities.

There is no such thing as a random unannounced audit in a facility handling Australian Livestock overseas. While maintaining the highest animal welfare outcomes it is critical to understand the invasive nature of what is required to achieve the highest possible animal welfare outcomes. Positive outcomes can only be achieved by implementing the four E’s,

• Engaging.

Getting to know the owners and workers

within the facilities. Building a communication channel that allows for the education process and relationship to begin.

• Educating.

Taking time to explain why and how processes should be performed to increase compliance and to provide processing productivity gains.

• Encouraging.

Acknowledging those who do it right, rewarding them and their people for their commitment and implementation that ensures the highest quality animal welfare outcomes.

• Enforcing.

The ability to monitor facilities by a library of camera footage 24/7 identifying non-compliances and addressing appropriately through a transparent platform. Enforcement: is an underpinning principle of the “Collective Standards of Animal Welfare (CSAW). This platform ensures all animals and exporters are treated equally and fairly, exporters that are members of the CSAW collective understand the big picture; the complete requirement and what the end goal is to ensure their survival in what is a difficult industry. It is easy to write the rules but much harder to follow them. Congratulations to our clients that have stood the test of time, your commitment and proactive actions not only ensures best practice animal welfare outcomes for the livestock under your control but also other Australian and local cattle in shared supply chains and facilities. When implemented the four E’s deliver a common understanding of what is expected as well the appropriate processes and the manner in which to carry out the correct animal welfare requirements within the Live Export Industry that allows us to help feed the World.