2018 Key Facts and Figures


decrease in greenhouse gas emission intensity from 2017-2018


decrease in electricity use intensity from 2017-2018


increase in fuel use intensity from 2017-2018


increase in water use intensity from 2017-2018

Meeting the food and nutritional needs of our growing global population in a sustainable manner is the great challenge of our time. This will require each of us to do more with less by maximizing the efficient use of our natural resources and incorporating the latest technologies, innovations and best practices across our food production systems. JBS USA is committed to helping society meet this global challenge in an environmentally responsible manner by working hard to improve the efficiency of our operations, minimize our environmental footprint and provide millions of consumers with nutritious protein options each and every day.

Our vision is to be 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.

To continue to reduce our environmental impact and reaffirm our commitment to minimize the resources needed to produce quality protein products, we have set aggressive 2020 goals as a part of our Sustainable Management System. These goals are built from the ground up starting with each JBS USA facility in the U.S. and Canada. Each facility has developed water, energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals, which have been aggregated to form water, natural gas, electricity and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals for the JBS USA business unit.



Reduce water use intensity by 10%. Our water use has increased by 0.7%.

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


Energy & Emissions

11.9% total decrease in natural gas use intensity. Working toward a goal of 20%.

10.9% total decrease in electricity use intensity. Working toward a goal of 12%.

17.7% total decrease in GHG emissions intensity. Working toward a goal of 20%.

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

Our Management Approach

As a food company that relies on natural resources to produce our products, our understanding of and commitment to environmental stewardship has always been a part of who we are. JBS USA’s senior leadership is committed to making sure that protection of the environment is firmly embedded in our culture. Our management approach is focused on operational efficiency, innovation and compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations. We promote a model of continuous improvement and recognize that environmental protection and resource conservation provide value and security to current and future generations.

Our internally audited Environmental Management System (EMS) is based on the specifications of ISO 14001, yet tailored to enable our businesses to most effectively achieve our goals of protecting the environment. The EMS directs our environmental teams to recognize the environmental aspects and impacts of their specific facility, establish objectives and targets to reduce the potential impacts, assign environmentally-minded roles and responsibilities to our team members, identify team members whose responsibilities may impact the environment and provide them the appropriate training and standard operating procedures (SOPs), implement an efficient monitoring and measurement program for each environmental task and routinely communicate our successes and opportunities to all involved team members. In addition, Pilgrim’s Moy Park facilities are, or are working toward, ISO 14001 accreditation according to the Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and ISO 50001 standards.

To encourage the sharing of best management practices across facilities, our JBS USA business units use an internal reporting method to compare similar facilities. These reports are generated and reviewed weekly or monthly, depending on the business unit, by the environmental management teams and provided to senior management to monitor progress toward goals.

Greeley, CO, beef facility

Greeley, CO, beef facility

Environmental Management Policy

We have implemented an extensive environmental management program focused on upholding environmental compliance, minimizing our environmental footprint and increasing the efficiency of our operations to produce more product with fewer resources. Commitment to the JBS USA Environmental Policy is a shared responsibility of all team members. The policy is supported and reinforced by JBS USA executive management, overseen and governed by our environmental teams and implemented across the organization through the direct support of in-plant personnel and all JBS USA associates. JBS USA is committed to:

  1. Preventing pollution and protecting the environment
  2. Managing all of our operations in accordance with environmental laws and regulations
  3. Continually improving environmental performance by setting realistic and achievable targets
  4. Establishing and maintaining an environmental management program that:
    1. Monitors environmental compliance
    2. Strives for operational excellence through benchmarking and goal-setting to identify and implement actions that close performance gaps and continually improve our operations
    3. Standardizes our work through policies, processes and best management practices
    4. Educates team members to implement environmental policies, processes and best management practices
    5. Effectively implements and maintains environmental processes through capital improvements and proper repair and maintenance
    6. Validates our processes through routine tracking and assessments

Read Our Environmental Policies

Ownership and Support

We have created resilient environmental management structures that encourage accountability and promote ownership within our environmental and operational teams. Almost every JBS USA facility has a full-time environmental manager or officer who oversees the environmental requirements and performance of the facility. In general, each environmental manager reports to the facility manager and receives support from corporate environmental teams. The corporate environmental teams oversee the environmental performance of multiple facilities and provide individual facility support by sharing best management practices and offering assistance to address specific issues, should they arise.

The corporate environmental teams generally report to the Head of Engineering for each business unit, who reports to the Head of Operations, who reports directly to the President of the business unit. For the JBS USA Live Pork business unit, the Corporate Environmental Managers report to the Vice President of Environment, who reports to the President of the business unit. For Pilgrim’s, the Head of Engineering reports directly to the CEO. In Australia, the Group Environmental Manager reports to the Head of Corporate and Regulatory who sits on Board of Directors.

These management structures allow for ownership of environmental compliance at the facility level, with strategic regional and corporate support and oversight at the highest levels of our organization. We believe this resilient structure of local ownership, coupled with senior-level support, has led to our strong environmental results and improvements over time.

Our 2018 Stories

Learn more about how our facilities and partners are helping us achieve our sustainability goals.

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LEED Silver Certified


The Council Bluffs facility is a LEED Silver certified facility that was commissioned in October 2012. In 2013, the plant was recognized as the Sustainable Plant of the Year by Food Engineering magazine for its sustainable design and automated processes. The plant was built with five primary objectives: team member welfare and safety, food safety,…

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EPA Region 7 Pollution Prevention (P2) Award


In 2018, Ottumwa, Iowa, received the EPA Region 7 Pollution Prevention Award for the team’s work in water conservation. The Ottumwa team has been successful in reducing the gallons per head from 156.54 gallons in 2015 to 122.29 in 2017, a total volume reduction of 13.5 percent. The reduction in freshwater use helped increase production…

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Surpasses 2020 Sustainability Goals

Pilgrim’s Moy Park

To conserve environmental resources, optimize compliance and enhance credentials, Moy Park established seven environmental 2020 commitments based on 2010 baseline data, several of which have already been met. In addition to other key sustainability accomplishments, Moy Park surpassed its 2020 water use intensity reduction target of 20 percent in 2017, three years ahead of target.…

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2019 Environmental Recognition Awards


Twenty Six JBS USA and Pilgrim’s production facilities received Tier III NAMI 2019 Environmental Recognition Awards for their 2018 environmental efforts and achievements. 2019 Award Recipients Pilgrim’s USA: Arcadia, WI; Canton, GA; De Queen, AR; Ellijay, GA; Gainesville, GA; Guntersville, AL; Mayfield, KY; Mt. Pleasant, TX; Moorefield, WV; Russellville, AL; Sanford, NC; Sumter, NC JBS USA: Beardstown,…

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