What's the news right now about an environmentally sound,
socially responsible and economically viable beef value chain?

You have heard GRSB talk about our Roadmap Fund and projects that are required to progress the goals and deliver a concrete path forward for our members who have already made commitments.

The work that the Context Network has been doing for us in the first phase of the Climate project has been very helpful in crystallising some of the elements of what our Roadmap should really look like.

Context interviewed a broad range of our members and other industry stakeholders from different continents to discuss what they were all doing in terms of climate commitments and the actions they were planning in order to meet them. In doing so, they also gauged those members' views on the role that GRSB could be playing to help our members.

These insights are very useful to us as they help guide the direction of our work and make sure that we are delivering value to members. The message that comes through clearly is that many members are looking for alignment in the area of climate reporting, and see GRSB as being the right place to help bring consensus on how it is done.

It’s also clear that a lot of work has already been done that we could make use of. There were four areas in which members saw a valuable role for GRSB:

  • Representing stakeholders’ voices
  • Development of specific principles and criteria related to reporting
  • Standardising datasets and inputs to them, and finally
  • Providing resources and education to stakeholders (sharing the expertise of the entire network).

This provides us with some clear guidance in the Climate sphere as to what the next phases of that Roadmap project should look like.

I think that a very similar approach works for each of our Goals / Working groups. Just as member organisations have been looking for solutions to reporting against their climate commitments, so have they for Nature Positive Production. So a roadmap for our Nature Positive goal could also include defining the principles and criteria that apply to implementing and reporting on that goal, as well as collating the experiences of our entire network on how they are already working on it, and mapping incentives that help drive uptake.

For animal health and welfare we also need principles and criteria on the implementation and measurement of improvements, and though we already know some of the areas we would like to work on, we need a clearer picture of the differences that exist between regions. So, once again, mapping initiatives and sharing learnings and experience is important, including understanding more about what the drivers or bottlenecks are to the adoption of better health and welfare practices.

When we talk about Principles and Criteria here, we are talking mainly about the principles involved in measuring and reporting on progress, but just as we have done for the People and Community Goal this year, it is a good moment and overdue to review our Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Beef at the same time, to ensure that they are up to date and reflect today’s realities.

For each of the goals / working groups, the roadmap so far involves conducting a review of existing solutions and tools already in use, including financial opportunities, developing principles and criteria to guide measuring and reporting and emphasising actions that members can be taking immediately to make progress. 

Thank you, 

Ruaraidh Petre
Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
Executive Director
1 November 2023

The Roadmap project represents another opportunity for GRSB to understand how we can best bring value to our members and to understand what actions a multi-stakeholder initiative like GRSB can take to contribute to the sustainability of beef. That is why having feedback from you is very important for us, hearing clearly what the needs are in terms of projects or actions that you would like GRSB to lead is key. We are aware that collective actions are more efficient in many cases than individual company actions.

In the case of Positive Production for Nature, it has taken us a little longer than expected to be able to identify these needs and be able to transcribe them clearly, but I think we finally achieved it and saw how everything translates into the definition of the Principles that help measure and report on the progress of the commitments made. They are aimed at defining a path to demonstrate progress with clear metrics, based on science and are globally applicable.

The countries of Latin America have long been looking for a consensus definition of sustainable livestock farming, especially taking into account the productive systems of the region and the great social and economic importance of the activity.

The bottleneck that many countries have identified was the lack of systematization of scientific evidence. There is a lot of progress in terms of research, but it is not always systematized or accessible to all actors in the chain. On the other hand, it has been discussed many times about which are the relevant indicators for cattle farming in this region, which make sense to evaluate to achieve continuous improvement according to local priorities. Finally, there is a diversity of Public Policies and works of international technical cooperation and banking that are neither clearly mapped nor communicated to the various actors involved in the industry.

Taking this background into account, IICA together with the Inter-American Development Bank have hired a consultancy to “organize” and identify science-based metrics that help strengthen regional action. The LatAm Roundtables are collaborating with these organizations. The results of these consulting works will help the GRSB Reference Framework reports.

It is a very clear example of how we achieve synergies and coordination with other existing initiatives and our own members (IICA), and hopefully it will bring us even closer to banking and financial institutions that are very active in the world of sustainable livestock farming. Results of this project are expected in April/May 2024.

Thank you,

Josefina Eisele
Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
Regional Director for Latin America 
1 November 2023




Daniel Knoop
Global Livestock Expert

Guest Speakers

Mariana Ahualli 
Human Rights and Business
United Nations High 
Commissioner for Human Rights

Magdalena Carcia Elorrio 
Business and Human Rights 
United Nations Human Rights

This 60-minute webinar is an exclusive GRSB member benefit. T
here will be opportunities for all participants to ask questions and to join in the discussion! 

This session will feature English to Spanish simultaneous translation.

We are delighted to welcome you as a GRSB member. 
We look forward to working with you

Copyright © 2023 Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. All rights reserved.

You are receiving this message as a benefit of membership to the
Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

GRSB Administrative Offices:
13570 Meadowgrass Dr. Suite 201 Colorado Springs, CO80920 USA

Phone: 1-719-355-2935
Fax: 1-719-538-8847 
Email: admin@grsbeef.org

This message was sent to you by {Organization_Name}
If you no longer wish to receive these emails, you can unsubscribe at any time