CANADIAN BEEF SUSTAINABILITY ACCELERATION PILOT

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It pays to be sustainable.

The Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration (CBSA) Pilot is an effort to create a certified sustainable Canadian beef supply chain. It will help Canada become the first country to deliver beef from certified sustainable sources, establishing Canadian beef as synonymous with sustainability in the global market.

By participating, you’ll make a monumental, long-term investment in our industry. Your involvement will help strengthen consumer trust in our products and promote the vitality of our industry – and you could earn financial credits along the way. As consumers grow more discerning about where their food comes from, it’s our responsibility to alleviate their concerns. Join us in our efforts to do right by our consumers, our livestock, our planet and future generations.

Consumers want transparency.

Canadians are concerned with the humane treatment of farm animals and the wellbeing of the environment. And transparency is a fast approach to solving their concerns.

Your dedication to responsible practices is admirable, and we need to reflect that in the information we share with consumers. The CBSA pilot will help us tell your story in a way that builds trust in the Canadian beef industry.

Communicating sustainability to consumers.

Establishing a certified sustainable supply chain will lead to consumer-facing sustainability claims, both in-store and on-pack. This will make it clear to consumers that they’re purchasing certified sustainable beef, all while showcasing the Canadian beef industry’s dedication to transparency.

What is the CBSA Pilot?

The CBSA Pilot is a one-year initiative to deliver a certified sustainable supply chain to participating foodservice and retail customers. This is a way for the Canadian beef industry to demonstrate its sustainability and showcase the strengths of its existing beef programs.

In the end, our goal is to strengthen trust among consumers by creating consumer-facing claims about certified sustainable beef production in Canada.

What is sustainable beef?

Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.

Five principles guide beef sustainability.

These are the principles of sustainability as defined by the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

1. Natural Resources
The global beef value chain manages natural resources responsibly and enhances ecosystem health.

2. Community and People
Global sustainable beef stakeholders protect and respect human rights, and recognize the critical roles that all participants within the beef value chain play in their community regarding culture, heritage, employment, land rights and health.

3. Animal Health and Welfare
Global sustainable beef producers and processors respect and manage animals to ensure their health and welfare.

4. Food
Global sustainable beef stakeholders ensure the safety and quality of beef products and utilize information-sharing systems that promote beef sustainability.

5. Efficiency and Innovation
Global sustainable beef stakeholders encourage innovation, optimize production, reduce waste and add to economic viability.

How the CBSA Pilot works

In order to earn financial credit, cattle must go through a certified sustainable beef supply chain. That means your cattle can only have spent time on cow-calf operations, feedlots and processors that are certified sustainable.

How to join

1. Be or become a VBP+ Registered Producer

2. Be or become a BIXS member

3. Age-verify or complete move-in reports in the CLTS database (through BIXS or CCIA)

CBSA Pilot Partners

Below are the partners following the standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
The CBSA pilot aims to deliver beef from sustainable supply chains to participating customers in accordance with the CRSB’s sustainability framework.

Customers will gain a competitive advantage in their respective marketplaces with a verified sustainable beef supply chain.

The CBSA Pilot is based off of the CRSB’s framework, which includes:

• How producers are scored
• What will be measured
• Guidelines for audits and auditors
• Chain-of-custody requirements
• Claims and labelling guidelines
• Processes for establishing equivalency with other tools and programs

Cargill
In addition to undergoing audits for our own sustainability practices, Cargill is responsible for tracking the volume of qualifying beef delivered to participating customers and identifying new customers. We look forward to showcasing the Canadian beef industry through this effort.

Verified Beef Production Plus
VBP+ is responsible for auditing cattle production operations.

Producers are responsible for scheduling audits with VBP+ and paying the costs associated with registering in the program.

Beef Infoxchange System
BIXS is responsible for tracking the cattle through the supply chain via RFID ear tags.

Procucers are responsible for tagging their cattle and sharing data with BIXS. That way, BIXS can validate cow-calf operations, backgrounders, feedlots and processors/abattoirs.

Get Involved

CBSA representatives continue to seek out partner organizations, customers and producers to support and participate in our pilot. Greater participation leads to more opportunities for the Canadian beef industry as a whole. To get there, we need your help. If you or your association are interested in getting involved, please contact any of our partners.

Finding VBP+ Registered Cattle

First, contact your current supply partners to find out whether or not they are VBP+ Registered. VBP+ provides lists of cattle for sale from VBP+ Registered operations, available by auction and through AgriClear on its website.

Please keep in mind that these listings can connect you to VBP+ Registered operations; however, they do not guarantee that all cattle from listed operations will be harvested by Cargill’s High River plant. To qualify for a financial credit, cattle must be processed at High River, which has been audited against the CRSB standard. Cattle must move through operations registered with BIXS (www.bixsco.com) to allow for tracking. Only cattle moving through a fully certified chain – cow/calf, feedlot, packer – are guaranteed a financial credit. If you are a VBP+ Registered producer and would like to add your cattle to these listings, please contact your Provincial Coordinator.

News

Stay informed on the CBSA Pilot.

Will sustainable beef pay?
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Canadian consumers yearn to know more about the beef they eat; Cargill pilot to provide answers.
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Will consumers pay more for verified sustainable beef?
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Cargill launches Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration Pilot
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Certified Sustainable Beef
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Inaugural Customers

We thank our customers for their support and for helping to set the standard for certified sustainable beef production in Canada.

“McDonald’s is proud to continue our long-standing support for Canadian beef producers by participating in this innovative Beef Sustainability Acceleration Pilot project.  I would strongly encourage all beef producers to sign up, so that we can work together to strengthen the vitality of the industry and keep Canada on the leading edge of global beef sustainability efforts.”

Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell,
Senior Manager, North America Sustainability
McDonald’s Corporation

“Loblaw is participating in the Canadian Beef Sustainability pilot project to demonstrate our commitment to the development of a sustainable beef supply chain. As a founding member of the CRSB, we’re pleased to see all aspects of the industry working together to drive a more sustainable food system in Canada.  With the launch of the CRSB framework and verification process in December, now is the time for suppliers to engage in the process and join the growing numbers of beef producers proud to be verified against the CRSB indicators.”

Jennifer Lambert,
Senior Manager, Sustainability
Loblaw Companies Limited

FAQ

Who will lead the pilot? Who else will be involved?

Cargill, Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) and Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) will lead the pilot. Participating customers will provide funding support to help reward producers for their contribution. While the CRSB is not directly involved, the pilot will use the CRSB’s Certified Sustainable Beef Framework.

Who can participate?

All cow-calf operations, backgrounders and feedlots across Canada are eligible to participate in the pilot.

How do I join?

To participate, you must get trained and audited by VBP+ and register for BIXS. If you lead/participate in an industry organization (4-H, affiliate groups, etc.), talk to a pilot team member about how we can share more information within your network.

How can I help?

Since cattle only qualify if they are moved through a fully certified supply chain, more widespread participation will increase everyone’s chances of receiving the financial credit. You can help by encouraging your peers, suppliers and customers to join.

What if I participated in the McDonald’s or CRSB pilot? What if I am VBP (but not VBP+) Registered? Am I eligible?

If you were verified as a sustainable operation in the McDonald’s or CRSB pilot, you can be grandfathered in to the CBSA pilot by becoming VBP+ Registered by completing a few simple steps. You are eligible to roll into VBP+ easily without having to start at the beginning of the VBP+ program.

VBP+ has agreed to recognize your McDonald’s or CRSB pilot on-site verification as your VBP+ on-farm audit, meaning for VBP+ purposes, your operation can receive VBP+ Registered status starting on the date of your on-site verification. In order to take advantage of this offer from VBP+, please follow the steps set out below:

  • Complete a self-assessment covering all four modules
  • Confirm your successful completion of McDonald’s VSB or CRSB Pilot Verification (via confirmation email or certificate)
  • Feedlots (> 5,000 head) are required to submit a written protocol for non-ambulatory/downer cattle

Additionally, if you ARE a VBP+ Registered Operation (on-farm food safety), to become fully VBP+ Registered you must:

  • Provide a sample of records of deaths/euthanizations
  • If you are due for a re-audit prior to December 31, 2017, the McDonald’s or CRSB verification will be accepted as satisfying the upcoming VBP+ audit

Or, if you ARE NOT a VBP+ Registered Operation and would like to become fully VBP+ Registered you must:

  • Demonstrate completion of On-farm Food Safety
    Training (OFFS)
  • Provide a sample of records for OFFS, including record of deaths/euthanizations

If you are unsure about your VBP/VBP+ status:

Contact your local VBP+ Provincial Coordinator or the VBP+ Business Manager, Virgil Lowe, at lowev@cattle.ca or 1 (403) 295-1808 for more information

How can I find cattle from VBP+ Registered operations available for sale and how can I sell my cattle into VBP+ Registered operations?

There are many options – contacting your current supply partners about whether or not they are VBP+ Registered is the best. However, if you would like some assistance, VBP+ does have lists of cattle available for sale from VBP+ Registered operations by auction and through AgriClear on its website available here. If you are a VBP+ Registered producer and would like to add your cattle to the website, please contact your Provincial Coordinator.

Contact/Inquiry

To get started, contact your VBP+ Provincial Coordinator or

Virgil Lowe
National Business Manager
lowev@cattle.ca

Contact BIXS:
Hubert Lau
hlau@bixsco.com

Deborah Wilson
dwilson@bixsco.com

Contact Cargill:
Gurneesh Bhandal
Gurneesh_Bhandal@Cargill.com