The Canadian beef industry works closely with conservationists, environmental non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders on shared environmental goals, conserving the lands that cattle graze on, promoting biodiversity, and working on continual improvement including food waste initiatives.
Some of our environmental partners include
CCA was a founding member of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB), which facilitates a national dialogue to advance continuous improvement in the environmental, social, and economic, sustainability of the Canadian beef value chain. Through leadership, science, multi-stakeholder engagement, and collaboration, continuous improvement of sustainability of the Canadian beef value chain will be achieved and recognized. As the first of its kind in the world, CRSB created a voluntary on-site 3rd party audited certification program that recognizes sustainable practices in beef production and processing, supports sourcing commitment by retail & foodservice, and delivers credible, science-based claims to consumers.
CCA is a member of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). Like the GRSB, the CCA is focused on developing the necessary tools to ensure beef production is environmentally sound, socially responsible, and economically viable.
CCA is partner in the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL), a multi-stakeholder initiative with the vision to enhance the contribution of the livestock sector to sustainable development and to work towards more efficient use of natural resources by the global livestock industry.
CCA also works with the International Beef Alliance (IBA) to address common issues related to animal health, animal welfare, trade and carbon footprint and sustainability. The IBA includes the national organizations representing beef cattle farmers and ranchers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, and the United States. Together, the Cattle Council of Australia, Associação dos Criadores de Mato Grosso, Associação Nacional dos Confinadores de Brasil, Canadian Cattle Association, Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas, Asociación Rural de Paraguay, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, represent farmers and ranchers from countries that account for 46 per cent of global beef cattle production and 63 per cent of global beef exports.