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The Framework

The Certified Sustainable Beef Framework consists of four main components, centered around Sustainability Standards for beef production and processing.


The Standards

Indicators of sustainability encompassing the five principles of sustainable beef that are audited in beef production and primary processing operations.

Assurance Protocols

Includes guidance and requirements for the certification process, including independent auditing, frequency of audits and requirements of certification bodies.

Chain of Custody Requirements

Outlining the technical and administrative requirements for tracking cattle and beef through the supply chain in order to facilitate qualification for claims about the sourcing of beef from CRSB Certified Operations.

Sustainability Claims

Guidance on how to communicate about participation the the Framework, sourcing from CRSB Certified farms and ranches, and beef sustainability.

For more details about the Framework, and how supply chain stakeholders can participate, check out the various main menu items accessible through the Home page.


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

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.