Submitting Comments to the Framework:

  1. Download a template .csv file for documenting your comments

  2. Explore the overall USRSB Framework

  3. Email .csv file with completed comments to usrsbcomments@beef.org by December 20

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the USRSB accepting public comments?

As a Roundtable, our organization sees value in bringing many voices interested in improving the sustainability of beef to the table, and we are eager to receive feedback on our member-developed Sustainability Framework through an official public comment period.

Is there a deadline to submit comments?

Businesses and individuals interested in providing feedback to the USRSB may submit comments through this website through December 20.

Who can comment?

Any business or individual may participate in the public comment period for the USRSB Sustainability Framework.

How are comments submitted?

To provide comments, one first needs to download a template .csv document. This document should be used to record comments about the Framework. The template document will collect information such as an individual’s name, representative organization, sector they most identify with, and email address. This information is collected to help us better understand the feedback received and to contact individuals and businesses with responses to comments.

If for any reason an individual or company cannot submit comments using the provided template and email, they should contact the USRSB.

What information should be included in comments?

While all types of comments are accepted, we do recommend comments clearly express a position toward a specific element of the Framework. Additionally, comments that clearly provides information that supports its claims provides better guidance for membership as they form the final USRSB Framework. General comments on the Framework can also be submitted.

Are comments public?

No. Comments are sent only to the USRSB administrator. An aggregated anonymous set of comments is availible to the public and to USRSB members.

How do I know what sector I represent?

Individuals or businesses typically fall into one of seven sectors: cow-calf, auction market, feedyard, packer and processor, retail and foodservice, allied industry, or non-governmental organization (NGO). Cow-calf, auction market, feedyard, packer and processor, and retail and foodservice sectors are all part of the beef supply chain and include individuals and businesses who produce, buy and sell beef to consumers. Allied industry is inclusive of service providers and suppliers to the beef supply chain such as academic, health, feed and equipment type industries. NGO is inclusive of voluntary groups or institutions with a social mission that operate independently from governments. Individuals or companies that do fall into these categories should select other.

Is this my last opportunity to weigh in on the USRSB Framework?

This is the final opportunity to weigh in on the USRSB Framework before it is finalized in May 2019. However, this Framework will be periodically reviewed by the USRSB membership in the future. Interested individuals who desire to learn more about future revisions to the Framework or are interested in engaging with USRSB as a member should email usrsbcomments@beef.org.

Can I review previous public comments?

Yes. We are committed to transparency. You can view the responses to all comments received during the first public comment period on the Response to Comments page.