SÃO PAULO, Brazil – JBS S.A. launched a website and due diligence system, which was developed as part of its strategy to move beyond scandals of the past by building trust among stakeholders and restoring the company’s reputation.
As part of the program, the JBS global compliance department launched a website that addresses the company’s Code of Ethics and Conduct, Business Partner Code of Conduct and other compliance-related issues. Third-party training is available on a separate web page.
The training program for suppliers features more than 25,000 hours of training courses that touch the roles of 99 percent of employees in Brazil and all company leaders. JBS engaged its top 10 largest shipping providers in a pilot program in addition to a new training module for suppliers in other areas of the chain.
“As a global food industry leader, we need to take responsibility for positively influencing our value chain. JBS is taking another big step in this direction by providing online supplier training,” said Marcelo Proença, JBS’s global compliance director. “The company does billions in business every year in Brazil alone. Having suppliers apply this knowledge in their other commercial relationships helps create a “positive network” that benefits everyone.”
In the area of due diligence, JBS recently implemented a system to streamline what the company calls its “supplier reputational analysis process,” at the cost of 1 million reais invested since 2018. The system, which was developed jointly by JBS and an international consulting agency, automatically cross-references data from government agencies, search tool keywords, international embargo lists and other sources. JBS said that any third parties flagged for any noncompliance are automatically blocked. That supplier must then face a second verification procedure, which is carried out by the compliance department.
The company said its due diligence system is the most comprehensive in the industry with approximately 150 third-party analyses and 800 unique names searches are carried out in Brazil every month.