2018 Sustainability Report

Food. Passion. Life. Sustainability at JBS USA

Our view of sustainability is guided by our mission to be the best in all that we do while securing the opportunity of a brighter future for our team members, our shareholders, our suppliers, our customers and the next generation.

We believe sustainability involves improving short- and long-term profitability by managing economic, social and environmental factors. We have adopted three traditional pillars of sustainability to guide our sustainability program:

Social Responsibility
Economic Viability
Environmental Stewardship



Reduce greenhouse gas emission intensity by 20%

89% complete

We've reduced emission intensity by 17.7%. Explore what's happening »


Reduce electricity use intensity by 12%

90% complete

We've decreased electricity use by 10.9%. Read about our progress »

Team Member Health and Safety

Reduce severe incidents by 10% year over year

100% complete

We've exceeded our goal with a 16% decrease. Discover how we set our teams up for success »


Reduce natural gas use intensity by 20%

59% complete

We have achieved an 11.9% decrease. Learn about the ways we're reducing our impact »


Reduce water use intensity by 10%

0% complete

We've increased water usage by 0.7%. Learn about programs in place to reverse this »

Animal Welfare

Achieve a 90% or better on our JBS USA Animal Health and Welfare Scorecard

On Track

We're on track to achieve this goal. Learn about our focus on animal welfare »

Supply Chain

Have 100% of our vendors in compliance with our Supplier Code of Business Ethics and Conduct

On Track

We're on track to achieve this goal. Read about our supplier relations »

*Environmental goals set based on 2013, 2014, 2015 average baselines for our U.S. and Canadian facilities

Approach and Progress

  1. Messages from

    It’s been a remarkable year for the JBS USA business and our sustainability efforts. President and Chief Executive Officer Andre Nogueira shares highlights from 2018 and insights on how we’re positively impacting people around the globe.

  2. 01/08

    Who We Are

    JBS USA is a leading global provider of diversified, high-quality food products, including a portfolio of well-recognized brands and innovative, value-added premium products.

  3. 02/08

    Team Members

    The success of our company starts with the success of our people. For the past decade, we have focused on providing a safe and well-managed workplace that presents the best opportunity for our team members to thrive and have a better future.

  4. 03/08

    Customers and

    We produce safe, nutritious, healthy, high-quality meat and poultry products that are enjoyed by consumers around the globe. We are proud to provide our customers and consumers with choices that meet their nutritional needs and ethical expectations.

  5. 04/08


    We envision being an industry leader in sustaining air, water and land by minimizing the resources needed to produce quality protein products and reducing the waste generated during our production processes.

  6. 05/08

    Animal Care

    Our business begins with the well-being of our animals, and we are dedicated to ensuring the humane treatment, handling and slaughter of livestock and poultry.

  7. 06/08


    We recognize the important role we play in the communities where our team members live and work. We believe we cannot truly be the best in all that we do without contributing to the health and prosperity of the communities in which we operate.

  8. 07/08


    The nature of our business demands a diverse supplier base that ranges from small family farm and ranch partners who supply us with livestock and poultry to large multinational companies that manufacture and provide materials and services.

  9. 08/08

    About This

    The goal of our 2018 Sustainability Report is to provide a transparent account of our sustainability management approach and performance. We prepared this report using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines.

Our Stories

Read about the people and facilities contributing to our sustainability efforts

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