What is the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework?

The Certified Sustainable Beef Framework provides a tool to certify farms, ranches and processing facilities against sustainability standards, enabling retail and foodservice companies to meet sustainable sourcing commitments, and consumers to purchase beef from certified operations. 

The multi-stakeholder membership of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef developed the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework with the mission of driving the advancement and recognition of beef sustainability in Canada through a world class operation–level certification program.

The Framework supports producers and processors in demonstrating the sustainability of their operations while at the same time assisting the retail and food service industry in their sustainable beef sourcing efforts. The Certified Sustainable Beef Framework also provides guidelines for credible and transparent messaging for communication with consumers via marketing and product labels.

About the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework



The purpose of the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework is multi-faceted.

  1. Consumer interest in supporting sustainable food systems is growing
  2. The agriculture supply chain is interested in sharing scientifically robust information with an increasingly removed consumer
  3. Retail and food service companies are grappling with balancing the needs of various stakeholders

At the same time, NGO’s are keenly interested in supporting sustainable agriculture systems and ensuring high standards of animal care are being attained.

Given these numerous factors, the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework was developed with multiple purposes in mind:

  • Advancing beef sustainability in Canada
  • Recognizing leadership and best practice within the industry
  • Ensuring a consistent, robust and meaningful definition of sustainable production in Canada
  • Avoiding duplication of efforts to define and verify sustainable operations
  • Supporting supply chains interested in making meaningful sustainable sourcing commitments and subsequent communications
  • Enabling consumers to purchase sustainably sourced product, and 
  • Supporting the understanding of sustainable beef production in Canada 



Through all levels of implementation of the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework the CRSB will be led by the following principles:

Credible to all stakeholders securing trust through robust assurances, transparency, inclusivity and vigorous scientific review

Effective in driving the advancement and understanding of sustainable beef production

Economically viable for the CRSB to manage and stakeholders to use

Valuable to industry participants and consumers

Aligned with the Five Principles of Sustainable Beef as set by the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

*Note there is no significance in the order of the principles

Wherever possible, the CRSB has followed the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling (ISEAL) Standard-Setting and Assurance Codes to ensure good practices are followed throughout the framework development process. The CRSB is currently a subscriber to ISEAL, which is an initial step to full membership commonly used by programs in their early development stages.


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Components of the Framework

The Certified Sustainable Beef Framework includes four main components:crsb indicators

  1. The Standards:
    1. Sustainable Beef Production Standard: the indicators that are audited on farms and ranches.
    2. Sustainable Beef Processing Standard: the indicators that are audited in beef processing facilities.
  2. Assurance Protocols: guidance and requirements for the certification process.
  3. Chain of Custody Requirements: technical and administrative requirements for tracking beef and claims about beef sourced from certified operations.
  4. Sustainability Claims: guidance on how to communicate about Certified Sustainable Beef.


Wondering how to get involved?

If you are a customer, farmer/rancher, processor, retail or food service, auditor or certification body you can get involved in the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework. Click on the links below to get started.


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The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is an ISEAL subscriber. ISEAL subscribers are organisations and individuals who commit to the ISEAL mission to strengthen sustainability standards systems for the benefit of people and the environment, and confirm that none of their activities or the activities of their subsidiaries or parent companies run counter to the ISEAL mission or vision. There are no compliance requirements for ISEAL subscribers.