Collaboration and Consultation

Development of the CRSB's Certified Sustainable Beef Framework was accomplished through extensive engagement of over 70 individuals on three multi-stakeholder committees representing CRSB's membership.  

Public Consultation

Five-Year Review & Update (2022)

Following extensive stakeholder consultation and research, and as part of a scheduled five-year review, the CRSB's Certified Sustainable Beef Framework Committee has conducted an in-depth review of each indicator in the program's Standards for sustainable beef production and primary processing, as well as exploring areas that have been identified as gaps. These Standards form the basis of the Certification Framework, which operations are audited against for certification.

Proposed changes to the Standards focus on strengthening indicators through monitoring and demonstrating progress, keeping in mind economic and technological realities to adoption, and specific indicators that align with the 2030 Canadian Beef Goals.

As part of a 60-day public consultation comment period, proposed changes can be reviewed, and comments can be submitted from October 4 to December 2, 2022 online. Click the blue button links below to connect to the consultation workspace - one related to the beef production standard, and a separate one for the beef processing standard.

Only comments received through the online consultation workspace will be considered. See below for some instructions on how to comment. Click the blue buttons to access the consultation workspace for the standard for which you would like to review and comment.

NSF online consultation workspace - Sustainable Beef Production Standard

NSF online consultation workspace - Sustainable Beef Processing Standard

Watch the informative webinar explaining the process. See below for detailed instructions (also outlined in this webinar recording):

Step 1: Click the [blue button] links above to review

Click on the document link to enter the comment page.

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Step 2: Click "Add a Comment" button to submit your comments 

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Step 3: Complete all required fields (indicated by an asterisk).

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We appreciate any constructive feedback and recommendations to improve the program.

If you have any questions, please contact


Framework Development

In addition to the valuable feedback gathered through consultation with CRSB members, beef industry stakeholders and subject matter experts, four rounds of public consultation on the sustainability indicators helped guide development of the Sustainable Beef Production Standard and the Sustainable Beef Processing Standard.

Over 250 comments were received during consultations.  The CRSB appreciates all those who took the time to review and comment. 

Click the buttons below to read the comments received during public consultations and CRSB Responses.

Comments and Responses: Sustainable Beef Production Standard 

Comments and Responses: Sustainable Beef Processing Standard