Guelph, ON – Expansion of Cargill’s implementation of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB)’s Certified Sustainable Beef Framework is now a reality. In addition to its CRSB sustainability certification, the Guelph beef processing facility has also completed a successful audit to the CRSB’s Chain of Custody requirements. With this additional building block in place, Cargill is now poised to actively source beef from CRSB Certified Sustainable beef operations across Canada for both its High River and Guelph facilities.
This expansion allows Cargill to deliver on sustainability claims for its Canadian retail and foodservice partners nationally. This also means that Cargill is awarding financial credits for cattle that qualify at both High River and Guelph facilities, rewarding those producers who have had their sustainable practices verified as meeting CRSB requirements. Through these financial incentives, Cargill and its customer partners are thanking these producers for doing their part to raise animals and care for their beef operations according to CRSB’s standards, across all five principles of beef sustainability: natural resources; people and community; animal health and welfare; food, and efficiency and innovation.
“As demand for protein continues to rise, we’re excited to be able to expand our sustainable beef supply chain to help feed a growing population while supporting a healthy ecosystem,” said Matt Gibney, General Manager at the Cargill Guelph facility “Together, we can scale, share and support the good conservation practices that allow farmers and ranchers to prosper.”
“CRSB appreciates the dedication of Cargill to beef sustainability in Canada, putting into action the requirements of our Certified Sustainable Beef Framework, while at the same time, rewarding producers across Canada for their on-going sustainability efforts. The expansion of sourcing to eastern Canada is an important step in our beef sustainability journey,” says Anne Wasko, Chair of the CRSB and rancher from Eastend SK. “As a beef producer myself, this is a strong signal of the demand for showing the sustainable practices we already have in place on farms and ranches across Canada, and to share that story with the world.”
Sustainability is an ever-evolving journey, with continuous improvement at its core.