Sustainability is increasingly becoming a core principle for many businesses in the agriculture and agri-food sectors. The focus of the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework is to help advance sustainability and recognize leaders in sustainable beef production and beef processing. The Framework provides the requirements and tools to enable companies to source from certified operations. 

The CRSB encourages companies interested in making claims about beef sourced from certified operations to review the Framework materials on our resources page, engage with their supply chain, and contact us to see how we can support you in this process.

The Chain of Custody Requirements outline the requirements for sourcing from certified operations, and making claims according to CRSB's Claims and Labelling Guidelines (coming soon).


Chain of Custody

Chain of Custody refers to the approach taken to demonstrate the link (physical or administrative) between the certified operations and the claim about the beef. It outlines the traceability of the beef coming from CRSB certified operations through the supply chain.

The Certified Sustainable Beef Framework offers three different chain of custody models:

  1. Identity Preservation: Beef originating from one birth farm that has moved through CRSB certified operations cannot be mixed with beef from another birth farm, whether or not the other beef has moved through CRSB certified operations.
  2. Segregation: Beef that has moved through CRSB certified operations must be kept separate from beef that has not moved through CRSB certified operations.
  3. Mass Balance: Physical mixing or blending of beef from CRSB certified operations and beef from non-certified operations is allowed during processing; quantities are documented and controlled. 

The available claims will depend on the chain of custody model employed by the supply chain, and is subject to a chain of custody audit.