Philip Turner


Philip Turner brings over 16 years of dairy industry experience, combined with an earlier career in government, to the role of Director Global Stakeholder Affairs.

Philip leads the development and execution of Fonterra’s strategies for sustaining strong relationships with its key stakeholders around the world including Governments, regulators, industry associations and representatives from the many communities who have a stake in Fonterra’s success.

Philip is a member of the Co-Operative Affairs business unit.  This role see’s Philip contributing both to the execution of Fonterra’s commercial strategy – particularly in terms of trade access and growth – and to the co-operative’s efforts to enhance its national and global identity and reputation.

Philip’s international dairy industry experience began in 1999, after joining the New Zealand Dairy Board as Manager Trade Policy (Brussels). He then became part of Fonterra Co-operative and held roles such as Director of Government and Trade, and GM Strategy (Auckland). From 2006-2008 he was based in Tokyo as Asia Regional Representative for Fonterra. He then moved to Shanghai as Managing Director of Fonterra’s China business from 2008-2012.

Previously, Philip was a diplomat with the New Zealand Government in Tokyo and Brussels. He has a Master of Arts, first class, in history from the University of Auckland, speaks fluent Japanese and French and some Mandarin.



This paper will address the issue of global standards from the perspective of global commercial companies. Standards are critical to any business and to the free flow of trade across borders, but the number, range and complexity of standards is proliferating – think of areas such as safety, quality, origin, composition, labeling and so on. There is also a range of new pressures in the food chain requiring new standards in areas such as nutrition, sustainability, animal welfare and food safety.

The resulting jumble of competing and often overlapping standards at global, national and company level can be a nightmare for companies, and creates costs which are inevitably passed on to consumers and producers. On the positive side there is enormous scope for improving the way we set and implement standards to the benefit of producer, supply chains and consumers, both through efficiency gains and through simpler and better standards.

The paper will review options for seeking to address these challenges. The private sector has a critical role to play, and a leading role in some areas, but must do so in collaboration with governments, international bodies, national peak bodies, NGOs and other private sector organisations. Partnerships at national, international and customer level are an obvious area of enquiry.

Philip Turner

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