GREELEY, COLO. – JBS USA disclosed its 2019 Sustainability Report on June 3. The report details the company’s global sustainability actions and progress toward its 2020 sustainability goals.
“Despite the uncertainties of today, our commitment to produce food sustainably at JBS USA and Pilgrim’s [JBS USA is the majority shareholder of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.] has not changed and is more important than ever,” said Kim Stackhouse, PhD, JBS USA sustainability director. “As a food company focused on improving lives through nutrition, we are humbled by our team’s accomplishments in 2019 to responsibly provide food for families around the world, while reducing our footprint and holding ourselves to high ethical standards. As we look toward the future, we will continue to build on our progress to ensure we sustainably meet the challenges of tomorrow.”
JBS USA improved its safety index in 2019 by 18% year over year relative to a goal of 10%. The company reached a 10% goal by reducing it water use intensity by 10% and exceeded a 12% goal by reducing its electricity use intensity 17%. Greenhouse gas emission intensity and natural gas use intensity both fell short of 20% reduction goals at 17% and 16% respectively. The company also remains on track to achieve 90% or better on the JBS USA Animal Health and Welfare Scorecard and 100% vendor agreement with its Supplier Code of Business Ethics and Conduct.
“The JBS USA 2019 Sustainability Report details our economic, social and environmental progress and the important role that our team members, farmer and rancher partners, customers and shareholders serve on our ongoing journey to being the best,” Stackhouse said. “As a global provider of food, we have a great responsibility and opportunity to make a real difference now and for generations to come.”
Key achievements for 2019 include:
- Team members: Provided more than 363,00 hours of leadership training and development, and trained more than 11,000 frontline supervisors through the People First Program
- Environment: Achieved a 5 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emission intensity from 2018-2019
- Animal care: Participated in third-party animal handling audits at all production facilities, and a 98% – 100% score was achieved on external animal welfare audits
- Suppliers: Partnered with more than 56,000 livestock and poultry farmers and ranchers, providing payments of nearly $20 billion from 2018-2019
To learn more, the 2019 JBS USA Sustainability Report is available online at: http://sustainability.jbssa.com.