The National Beef Sustainability Assessment is a strategic assessment that benchmarks the environmental, social and economic performance of the Canadian beef industry. It highlights the areas where industry is doing well, and identifies opportunities for improvement.
The first National Beef Sustainability Assessment, released in October 2016, benchmarked the current status of the Canadian beef industry across environmental, social and economic parameters, and provided a baseline to monitor and measure progress in future assessments. The assessment informed the development of the CRSB’s Sustainability Strategy to help target future work, particularly under the CRSB’s Sustainability Projects pillar.
Future assessments will monitor progress and improvement across all three pillars of sustainability. CRSB plans to conduct the assessments every 5-7 years.
A National Beef Sustainability Strategy accompanied the assessment and was the first step in developing a comprehensive approach to advancing initiatives that will further enhance the sustainability of the Canadian beef industry.
This interim report shows substantial progress has been made in building a stronger and more united beef sustainability community and increasing public awareness of sustainable beef production.
* The assessment published in 2016 was guided by a Steering Committee consisting of members of the CRSB, industry experts and researchers. Deloitte and Canfax Research Services were commissioned to conduct the assessment, which was reviewed by an external third-party panel of experts. Subsequent assessments will be guided by the CRSB’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
Learn more about the results of the Assessment and Strategy with the resources below.
The following infographics highlight key results from the National Beef Sustainability Assessment (click on each image for shareable files).
The below 35 minute video of the 2016 National Beef Sustainability Assessment is designed to be used in introductory agriculture courses where students have a base understanding of the Canadian Beef Industry. This can be utilized with the Student Discussion Questions. Instructors can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an answer key.