2018 Key Facts and Figures




livestock and poultry family farm and ranch partners


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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 such as packaging, food safety interventions, information technology (IT) and recycling. We work in partnership with more than 54,000 suppliers to ensure the highest-quality inputs.

Our suppliers are part of JBS USA’s supply chain and contribute to our overall sustainability. Impacts related to the environmental and social pillars of sustainability differ for each of our unique suppliers based on the material they manufacture, the species of livestock or poultry they raise or the service they provide. Directly affecting these impacts is often outside of our immediate control; however, we strive to partner with suppliers who share our values and mission to achieve a more sustainable food supply.

JBS USA plays a critical role in agricultural communities, creating opportunities for rural family farmers and ranchers who depend on our business to transform their livestock and poultry into products that consumers trust and enjoy. We partner with independent family farmers and ranchers who supply our operations with the livestock and poultry that we need for our business to thrive. Our JBS USA Fed Beef, Regional Beef, Pork, JBS Food Canada, Pilgrim’s and JBS Australia North and South business units each have specific requirements for selecting the family farm and ranch partners who supply our livestock and raise our poultry.

In 2017, we finalized our Supplier Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, which outlines our expectations of our vendors, and established a 2020 target for all of our partners to be in compliance with this Code.


Supply Chain

100% of our vendors comply with our Supplier Code of Business Ethics and Conduct. We are on track to achieving this goal.

Our Commitment

We are committed to continuing to improve the sustainability of our business, our products and our supply chain. We understand that our responsibility does not just span the production under our direct control and that we must collaborate with our supplier partners to improve the overall sustainability of our supply chain.

Our Approach

Our approach to managing impacts within our supply chain includes constant and consistent collaboration with our suppliers. While all of our suppliers are contractually required to follow state laws and regulations, we also strive to establish long-term relationships built on trust that contribute to continued progress both in our sourcing programs and sustainability goals.

2018 Progress

As part of our efforts to minimize impacts in the supply chain, we have developed a Supplier Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, which ensures that our vendors meet or exceed our high standards when conducting business with JBS USA. The code covers human rights, forced labor, freedom of association and collective bargaining, minimum age for employment, equal employment opportunity, employment practices, health and safety, environmental issues and business integrity, which includes anti-corruption and bribery.

We also believe in working across the entire value chain in partnership with farmers and ranchers to advance sustainability. As such, we are a founding member of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB), the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB), the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework, the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainability Poultry and Egg (USRSPE) and members of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI Platform). These multi-stakeholder initiatives, which include producers, processors, retailers, NGOs and others, work to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in the sustainability of the global, U.S., Canadian, Australian and European animal agriculture industry. The GRSB, USRSB, CRSB, Australian Beef Sustainability Framework, USRSPE and SAI Platform achieve this through leadership, innovation and multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration and aim for their animal agriculture value chains to be the trusted leaders in environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable product. Our active involvement in these organizations demonstrates our commitment to partnering with the value chain to advance sustainability.

“The Supplier Code of Conduct allows JBS USA to ensure our vendors are following applicable laws and implementing best practices. The code benefits JBS USA, our vendors, the industry and our community as a whole.”

Kim Pryor
JBS USA Corporate Legal Counsel

Our 2018 Stories

Learn more about how our vendors, family farms and ranches are helping us achieve our supply chain goals.

Responsible Soy Sourcing Policy

Pilgrim’s Moy Park

At Moy Park Our vision is to be leader in sustaining air, water and land by minimizing the resources needed to produce quality chicken products and minimizing waste generated. We are continually strengthening our commitment and evolving our approach. This includes efforts to ensure the responsible sourcing of our raw materials. We are dedicated to…

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Grass Run Farms Family Farm Partner: Ryan and Kristine Jepsen


Ryan and Kristine Jepsen founded Grass Run Farms in Decorah, IA, in 2008 and have continued to supply cattle for the brand since. They founded Grass Run Farms on careful management and sustainable stewardship. For 10 years, they have remained a primary supplier for the 100 percent grass fed program.

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Ingredient and Packaging Suppliers Workshop

Pilgrim’s Mexico

In 2018, the Pilgrim’s Mexico team hosted a workshop with their ingredient and packaging suppliers to discuss various opportunities and strengthen relationships.

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1855 Black Angus Beef Family Ranch Partner: The Wagonhammer Ranch


When you live in Wheeler County, NE, where the cattle outnumber the people, you know you are in an area that understands beef. The Wagonhammer Ranch is a family owned and operated ranch that opened its gates in 1910. The Black Angus cattle this ranch produces are highly sought after and known to be of…

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