FAQ

Who is the IMS?

What is the IMS Mission?

What are the IMS activities?

What are the benefits of IMS membership?

How is the IMS organized?

Does IMS represent the meat and livestock industry vis-à-vis governments?

Do you have any statistics related to the meat industry?

Is science of interest to the IMS?

Where is the IMS located?

 

Who is the IMS?

The International Meat Secretariat (IMS) represents the global meat and livestock sector as a vital motor of growth and prosperity to meet the future demands for sustainable, high-quality, nutritious and safe animal protein.

The IMS is a non-profit organization that brings together livestock producer associations, national and regional meat associations, meat exporter associations, meat processing companies, government, and corporate partners from around the world representing over 75% of the global production of cattle, pig, and sheep meat. The IMS is headquartered in Paris and celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014.

Please click here to download the IMS Factsheet.

What is the IMS Mission?

The IMS represents the meat and livestock sector at international level to promote the sustainable supply of safe, healthy, high-quality and nutritious animal protein to ensure the sector’s contribution as an essential part of a healthy, sustainable diet.

The IMS engages with international standard setting bodies including the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to shape public policy and regulatory standards impacting the agri-food chain.

Through its Expert committees the IMS champions science-based solutions and policy, the need for continued innovation and better technologies, free and fair trade and sustainable business as key elements to meet the future challenges of a growing global population estimated to be 9 billion people by 2050, with the associated higher demand for high-quality animal proteins.

Finally through its global conferences and scientific symposiums the IMS provides a platform for expert dialogue to contribute to international research and facilitate scientific advancements particularly in the fields of sustainability, nutrition and animal welfare.

What are the IMS activities?

  • Engage with international and intergovernmental organizations including the WTO, FAO, OECD and OIE to contribute to a fact and science based approach to public policy and international standards, which impact the meat and livestock sector, including on food safety, sustainability, nutrition and animal welfare
  • Host scientific symposiums and global congresses, including the World Meat Congress, focusing on science-based solutions and providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences on key issues affecting the international meat and livestock sector
  • Provide a platform for the IMS members to share and exchange knowledge and network, as well as to support Members’ organizations through specialized work in the IMS Expert Committees
  • Promote the uptake of published scientific research by national competent bodies to facilitate international trade
  • Publish the yearly IMS-GIRA World Meat Facts Book with global statistics on the production, consumption and international trade of beef, pigmeat, sheepmeat and poultry meat
  • Recognize scientific research excellence through the IMS Prize for Meat Science and Technology and the annual IMS Meat Science Lecture.

What are the benefits of IMS membership?

The IMS welcomes membership applications from organizations involved in the meat and livestock sector from around the world. By joining the IMS you will connect with key organizations working together to meet the future demands for sustainable, high-quality, nutritious and safe animal protein and you will be able to:

  • Input into the development of international standards impacting our sector and engage with international organizations to shape science and fact based public policy
  • Network with your peers from around the world via IMS conferences, scientific symposiums, expert workshops and committees and benefit from knowledge-sharing and scientific exchange
  • Shape the external communications and image of the industry while benefiting from assistance in issue management and policy guidance to support your local engagement efforts
  • Raise your organization’s profile, including through leadership positions within the IMS, hosting an IMS event or supporting other activities
  • Receive regular newsletters with insights on relevant issues from around the world, as well as the yearly IMS-GIRA World Meat Facts Book.

Please click here to find out more about joining IMS.

How is the IMS organized?

The IMS is a membership driven organization governed by a General Assembly of members, which is held at the occasion of the World Meat Congress. A representative Board of Directors is elected from the members and day-to-day operations are decided by the elected Executive Council and managed by the Secretary General based in the IMS Secretariat in Paris, France.

Please click here to view the IMS structure and leadership

Does IMS represent the meat and livestock industry vis-à-vis governments?

The IMS represents the meat and livestock sector at international level to promote the sustainable supply of safe, healthy, high-quality and nutritious animal protein to ensure the sector’s contribution as an essential part of a healthy, sustainable diet.

The IMS engages with international standard setting bodies including the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to shape public policy and regulatory standards impacting the agri-food chain.

Do you have any statistics related to the meat industry?

The IMS in collaboration with GIRA, a leading independent economic research consultancy, publishes the yearly World Meat Facts Book, which contains up-to-date statistics on production, consumption and international trade in meat. The figures are broken down by meat species including beef, sheepmeat, pigmeat and poultry meat, by region of the world and by principal countries within the regions.

The World Meat Facts Book has become the standard reference guide for the livestock and meat industries and is available to IMS Members and on special request.

Is science of interest to the IMS?

Yes and science based solutions are one of the key drivers for us. The IMS provides a forum for meat scientists and industry professionals to discuss scientific issues that affect meat and livestock.

The IMS host scientific symposiums and global congresses, including the World Meat Congress, focusing on science-based solutions and providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences on key issues affecting the international meat and livestock sector.

The IMS also promotes the uptake of published scientific research by national competent bodies to facilitate international trade and it publish the yearly IMS-GIRA World Meat Facts Book with global statistics on the production, consumption and international trade of beef, pigmeat, sheepmeat and poultry meat.

Finally the IMS recognizes scientific research excellence through the IMS Prize for Meat Science and Technology and the annual IMS Meat Science Lecture.

Where is the IMS located ?

The IMS headquarters are located in Paris, France. Please click here to contact us.

5 rue Lespagnol
75020 Paris
France

Phone: +33 (0)1 44 93 60 20
Fax: +33 (0) 1 44 93 60 01