Want to demonstrate your sustainability to have the opportunity to sell product into a certified supply chain?
If you are a beef producer or primary processor, you can have your farm, ranch, backgrounding operation, feedlot or primary beef processing facility certified against the Sustainable Beef Production Standard or Sustainable Beef Processing Standard.
There are several steps to the certification process:
Click here for detailed processes in each of the steps above.
Certification Bodies approved by the CRSB will be the main point of contact for beef producers (cow-calf, backgrounder and feedlots) and beef processors (primary processing facilities) seeking certification by the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework. The CRSB has recently released the process for approving certification bodies and will be going through the approval process in early 2018 – check back often for a list of approved certification bodies or contact us.
In the meantime, if you are a producer or processor, you can prepare for the audit process by learning about the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework and review the CRSB resource database on materials/programs that may assist you in a successful audit.
Check out the sustainability standards that apply to your point in the beef value chain:
In October 2017, a pilot project was launched to help develop the processes and infrastructure required to implement the CRSB's standards and requirements for an audited supply chain. Spearheaded by Cargill, in partnership with Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) and the Beef InfoXChange System (BIXS), with support from Loblaws, McDonalds, CARA (Swiss Chalet & Original Joe's), and most recently, Cactus Club Restaurants, the CBSA Pilot is encouraging industry participation, in part, by providing financial credits for producers who participate in the Pilot. For more information, visit www.CBSApilot.ca.
Producers and processors can find all of the documents regarding the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework Standards and Certification Processes on our Resources Page, and in the blue boxes at the bottom of each page.
*Standards are currently available in both English and French; we are working towards translations of other pertinent framework documents.
In addition to the Framework documentation the CRSB has compiled a collection of outside resources (links to tools, programs, information) that may assist you in preparation for a successful certification audit. The resources are categorized by the five Principles of Sustainable Beef, and located under Resources (top menu).