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.
Learn more about Cargill’s Beef Sustainability objectives and sourcing opportunities (cargillsustainablebeef.ca) and the CRSB’s certification program (crsbcertified.ca).
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ABOUT THE CRSB
Established in 2014, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is a collaborative, multi-stakeholder initiative focused on advancing environmental, social and economic sustainability in the Canadian beef industry. The CRSB drives recognition and continuous progress in beef sustainability through sustainability benchmarking, setting strategic goals, and communicating on-the-ground continuous improvement. CRSB’s Certified Sustainable Beef Framework was developed as a tool to recognize sustainable practices in beef production and processing through on-site 3rd party certification, support sustainable sourcing commitments for the retail and foodservice industry, and provide credible, science-based claims about sustainable beef production in Canada. Learn more at crsb.ca.
“Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is proud to provide the certification services for all beef producers across Canada, that enable their participation in programs like Cargill’s sustainable sourcing. VBP+ applauds the commitment of Cargill to enable producers to benefit from the
sustainable practices they employ every day and for retailers, restaurants and consumers to feel good about making beef part of their diet. We encourage producers looking to join the program to reach out to their provincial coordinators.”
~ Cecilie Fleming, Chair of the VBP+ Management Committee and VBP+ producer from Granum, Alberta