Measuring Impact & Advancing Sustainability
Certified Sustainable Beef Framework
The mission of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is to advance sustainability of sustainable beef production in Canada. Not only does this Certification Framework recognize sustainable practices and support the retail and foodservice sector to meet their sustainable sourcing goals, but the real impact is measuring the continuous improvement in Canadian Beef production at all points in the supply chain.
To help measure the impact of the Framework on sustainability outcomes and to evaluate progress, the CRSB's Certification Bodies report to CRSB on a series of key indicators in the standards over time, demonstrated through the scoring levels achieved by Certified Operations.
Since launching the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework in 2018, the first full year of the program showed significant progress and high engagement from our supply chain partners. Here are some of the key highlights of the program in 2018-2019.
There has been strong uptake of certification by beef producers across Canada, with a 16% increase in Certified Operations in 2019, demonstrating producers' desire to have the sustainability of their operations evaluated against the standards, and the breadth of sustainable practices that are already in place on Canadian farms and ranches. We look forward to seeing more Certified Sustainable farms and ranches in the coming years to help build consumer trust in Canadian Beef production, and improvement in operations that are already meeting the sustainability standards, backed by a robust, science-based certification system.
For more information, check out the CRSB's latest Annual Report.
To complement certified recognition of sustainable practices through this voluntary program, the CRSB also carries out Sustainability Benchmarking. The National Beef Sustainability Assessment is a strategic assessment that benchmarks the environmental, social and economic performance of the Canadian beef industry. It highlights the areas where industry is doing well, and identifies opportunities for improvement. The Assessment will be completed every 5-7 years to measure progress and celebrate continuous improvements achieved against the goals of the strategy.
The first National Beef Sustainability Assessment, released in October 2016, benchmarked the current status of the Canadian beef industry across environmental, social and economic parameters, and provided a baseline to monitor and measure progress in future assessments. The assessment informed the development of the CRSB’s Sustainability Strategy to help target future work, particularly under the CRSB’s Sustainability Projects pillar. Ten key goals to foster continuous improvement guide the strategy across all aspects of beef sustainability: environmental, social and economic.
National Sustainability Strategy Goals
Build a stronger and more united Canadian beef sustainability community.
- Reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of Canadian beef per unit of product produced.
- Enhance ecosystem services and biodiversity on lands managed by beef producers.
- Enhance riparian health and reduce the water footprint of beef production.
- Reduce post-harvest meat waste.
- Promote farm safety and responsible working conditions.
- Promote excellence in animal care.
- Support the further development, monitoring and dissemination of best practices regarding antimicrobial use.
- Increase the financial viability of beef production in Canada.
- Increase demand for Canadian beef though consumer awareness of sustainable beef production.
In 2020, CRSB will publish an Interim Report demonstrating where we have made progress on these goals and identify gaps or opportunities before the next assessment is released in 2023.