Animal Health & Welfare Terms of Reference

Animal Health and Welfare Working Group (AHWWG)


The Animal Health and Welfare Group (AHWWG), is a technical working group of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) and the network of national and regional beef and cattle roundtables around the world are focused on helping advance solutions that improve welfare of cattle and contribute to GRSB’s Animal Health and Welfare Goal, Principle and Criteria. 

To date, the AHWWG has played the role of bringing stakeholders together, advancing constructive dialogues, sharing science, research and information, and updating stakeholders on progress, challenges and opportunities. In particular the group was instrumental in the drafting of the Global Goal, and evolved from earlier, more ad hoc efforts on animal health and Welfare subsequent to the drafting of Principles and Criteria. Following the release of the goal, emphasis now moves to establishing baselines, and monitoring & evaluation of efforts towards the goal. 


In the spring of 2019, the Board of Directors of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) undertook a strategic planning exercise including a membership survey, interviews and design thinking workshop to create a framework for the next five to ten years. The purpose of a strategic plan is to prioritize goals and objectives and to guide the work of the organization – its members, board, and staff – in meeting the challenges and opportunities of the coming years. 

As a result, the following 2030 priorities were agreed on:

GRSB 2030 Strategic Plan Priorities: 

  1. Establish a limited number of “Global Goals” for the GRSB Network.
  2. Communicate to ensure that beef is a trusted part of a thriving food system.
  3. Support the Roundtable Network.
  4. Develop an information system to report progress on the GRSB Global Goals. 
  5. Develop and strengthen partnerships to meet the Global Goals. 

To be recognized as a global leader and to ensure the GRSB network is successful in achieving its vision, and that GRSB is setting a number of aspirational Strategic Goals to drive its work forward and create impact. Goals are being built on the GRSB Principles & Criteria, focusing action on the biggest opportunities and be formulated for the whole beef value chain.