Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework or our other project work? Read below for some commonly asked questions. If you don’t see what you are looking for here, contact us.


Who is the CRSB?

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is a multi-stakeholder community devoted to advancing sustainability in the Canadian beef industry.  It is comprised of organizations across the beef value chain and beyond, including; farmer/rancher associations, academic institutions, processor and processor associations, food and agriculture businesses, non-governmental associations (animal care and environmental organizations), retail and foodservice companies as well as Governments and observers.

How can I become a member of the CRSB?

Application for membership is easy.  Contact us for an online membership form, where you can describe your affiliation and why you’d like to become a member.  CRSB Council reviews all membership requests. 

How much does a membership cost?

There are a variety of membership categories within the CRSB. Click here for more information on our membership constituencies and associated fees.

How is the CRSB funded?

The CRSB is funded through a variety of sources, including membership fees, agriculture-related government funding programs, sponsorship and in-kind support.  The CRSB is not a government-run organization, rather a collaboration of organizations and private companies devoted to sustainable beef production.

What are the benefits of membership in the CRSB?

Some of the key benefits of membership in the CRSB include:

  • Contributing to advancing sustainability in Canada’s beef industry and beyond
  • Collaboration with other industry organizations, individuals and companies across the beef value chain to effect change in a positive manner
  • Contributing to development of science-based, concise, transparent messaging about sustainable practices used in Canadian beef production and processing
  • Opportunity to actively develop projects and programs that will lead to progress in the beef industry
  • Participating in on-going communication with the public about how their food is raised in Canada
What does sustainability mean?

The five principles of sustainable beef and continuous improvement are cornerstone to the definition of sustainable beef in Canada. For more information on how the CRSB measures the Sustainability of beef production in Canada visit the National Beef Sustainability Assessment page.

5 principles NEW

Canada had adopted the same five Principles of beef sustainability as developed by the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB).  For more information on the Principles and Criteria, visit

What is sustainable beef?

In Canada, we define sustainable beef as a socially responsible, environmentally sound and economically viable product that prioritizes the planet, people, animals and progress. 

What is the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework?

CRSB Certification Mark rgb TMThe Certified Sustainable Beef Framework is an industry certification program that, through an audit process, enables the supply and sourcing of beef in Canada from operations certified to our standards. The Framework, developed by the members of the CRSB, is centered around two Standards for measuring sustainability in beef production and processing across the five principles of sustainable beef: Natural Resources, People & Community, Animal Health & Welfare, Food, and Efficiency & Innovation. The Framework also includes Chain of Custody Requirements, Assurance Protocols, and a series of Sustainability Claims to help communicate with the public about sustainable beef production practices.

The mission of the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework is to drive the advancement and recognition of beef sustainability in Canada through a world-class operation-level certification program. It enables producers and processors to demonstrate sustainability in their operations, assists the retail and foodservice industry to meet their sustainable sourcing commitments, and provides transparent, science-based claims to consumers and the public.

Can I purchase Certified Sustainable Beef in my local store?

The CRSB’s Certified Sustainable Beef Framework enables the purchasing of beef from certified sustainable sources. The CRSB is working with its value chain stakeholders to create a supply chain to be able to provide beef from CRSB certified sources for Canadian consumers.  Once a critical volume of certified producers and processors is available for a consistent support of beef from certified operations, consumers should start to see product where they shop with the CRSB’s Certified Sustainable Beef logo.

Is sustainable beef organic? Grass-fed? Hormone-free?

Sustainable practices are about how the cattle are raised, rather than specific product attributes (such as grain or grass finished, and raised without added hormones).  Production practices differ across the many diverse landscapes and farm operations in Canada and the CRSB aims to recognize good production practices across all types of production systems.

How is Canada performing in regards to Sustainable Beef production?

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has completed a National Beef Sustainability Assessment that assessed the sustainability of Canadian beef production. Overall the results spoke to the leadership the Canadian beef industry has played in sustainable food production.

For example, under the environment pillar, the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint (GHG emissions per kg of product produced) is approximately half of the global average.

The report also identified a number of areas for improvement, for example under the social pillar, reducing the work hours of Canadian farmers and ranchers. Given the results, the CRSB membership set a strategy for the future on how to continue to lead and improve the sustainability of Canadian beef production. Read more about the National Beef Sustainability Assessment and Strategy.