Global Conference on Sustainable Beef

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) is an action-oriented initiative consisting of multiple stakeholders who recognize and respect the important role a sustainable beef supply chain plays in feeding the growing global population.

As a multi-stakeholder initiative, the GRSB aims to facilitate a global dialogue on beef production that is environmentally sound, socially responsible, and economically viable. It provides stakeholders and interested parties with the opportunity to jointly develop global solutions to advance sustainable beef production.

Build Alignment

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB)is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative founded in February 2012 to advance sustainable production of beef, through the commitment of stakeholders in the beef value chain.

The GRSB was born out of the Global Conference on Sustainable Beef, held in November 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The conference laid the groundwork for establishing a multi-stakeholder initiative by achieving greater clarity and deepening alignment around the key issues that influence the sustainability of the beef production system.

The GRSB aims to advance continuous improvement in the sustainability of the global beef value chain by:

  • Identifying, evaluating, and enabling increased adoption of current leading production and supply chain practices, policy, and technology
  • Promoting the adoption of leading employment and economic development practices
  • Supporting action‐oriented, regional, and local multi‐stakeholder initiatives focused on producing measurable outcomes
  • Addressing high‐priority issues related to sustainability by sharing locally relevant and science‐based information
  • Providing a forum and opportunities for constructive engagement, information exchange, and technical problem solving

The GRSB envisions a world in which all aspects of the beef value chain are environmentally responsible, socially equitable and economically viable.


The Global Conference on Sustainable Beef in Denver, Colorado, United States, was hosted by Cargill, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, JBS, McDonald’s, Walmart and WWF. Through effective communication the conference achieved greater clarity and deepened alignment around the key issues that influence the sustainability of the beef production system. The conference leadership agreed to a series of next steps in the multi-stakeholder process on sustainable beef.

Outcomes from the meeting include:

  • Ensure continued and frequent engagement the regional scale and global scale that is welcoming to all stakeholders.
  • Document and communicate the collective experience by virtual sustainable beef network.
  • Facilitate and convene new and expanding partnerships at every scale and geography.
  • Challenge participants to take what they have learned, develop programs that lead to sustainable beef, and utilize the relationships built at the conference to bring these projects to life.

Leadership on the initiative will ensure continued and frequent engagement at a regional and global scale, document and communicate collective experiences through science-based networks, and serve as conveners to expand partnerships that drive toward increased industry sustainability.

For a detailed account and videos from the conference proceedings, please click here.

Download Documents from the Global Conference on Sustainable Beef here