Issues Important To Our Future

Product Integrity
Team Member Health and Safety
Animal Welfare
Energy and Climate Change

Our Approach

Sustainability means responsibly meeting the needs of the present while improving the ability of future generations to responsibly meet their own needs. At JBS USA, our view of sustainability is guided by our mission to be the best in all we do while securing the opportunity for 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. Using these traditional pillars to guide our process as well as input from internal and external stakeholders, we developed goals focused on four key areas: environment, team member health and safety, animal welfare and our supply chain.

In 2015, we performed an exhaustive Corporate Materiality Analysis (CMA) that identified the material issues in our various supply chains. This analysis, while inclusive of JBS USA’s internal perception of the company’s sustainability performance, relied heavily on the views and perceptions of outside stakeholders, including Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), community organizations, key customers, suppliers, financial institutions, government officials, academia, industry trade associations and other industry stakeholders.

To fully integrate our key priority areas, as identified by our CMA, across JBS USA business units, we defined and benchmarked approximately 30 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) based on performance data for 2013, 2014 and 2015, across more than 60 facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Each facility was then tasked with identifying data-informed 2020 improvement goals and an implementation plan by which to achieve these goals. Based on the cumulative facility improvement goals, each JBS USA business unit developed reduction targets that were agreed to by the executive team, including the CEO and business unit Presidents, and aggregated to form aggressive JBS USA 2020 improvement goals.

Building our sustainability goals from the ground up ensures ownership at the facility level, oversight at the business unit level and consistency in approach across the JBS USA consolidated enterprise. We are confident that developing a program that is supported by front-line team members to executive leadership will result in meaningful and measurable change that will drive continuous improvement throughout our company, meet our stakeholders’ expectations and allow us to create the greatest societal benefit.

Given the scale and diversity of our operations and the unique supply chain challenges faced by each of our business units, JBS USA’s initial approach to sustainability has been regionally focused. We are currently aligning our approach to sustainability across our North American, European and Australian operations. In 2018, we achieved great progress toward this goal with the establishment of priority areas and key performance indicators. We are currently working to benchmark these key performance indicators and establish target reduction goals to ensure continuous improvement across our global operations.

Corporate Materiality Analysis

Environmental Issues

  • A Biodiversity
  • B Emission to air
  • C Emission to water
  • D Energy use
  • E Land management
  • F Waste
  • G Water use

Social Issues

  • A Animal health & welfare
  • B Human rights
  • C Impact on community
  • D Labor rights
  • E Team member health & safety

Product Responsibility Issues

  • A Consumer health & safety
  • B Consumer information & education
  • C Technology in agriculture
  • D Value chain transparency (traceability)

Economic Issues

  • A Business ethics/business integrity
  • B Community Investment
  • C Company transparency
  • D Compliance with law
  • E Local sourcing

Our Management Approach

Our sustainability program is managed by our Corporate Sustainability Department, which includes our Head of Corporate Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), our Director of Sustainability and our Sustainability Manager. The Corporate Sustainability Department enjoys direct oversight from the CEO of JBS USA, and the Head of Corporate Affairs and CSO is a member of the JBS USA Executive Team. The JBS USA sustainability program is managed by the Director of Sustainability and the Sustainability Manager, who partner with subject matter experts on our corporate Environmental, Team Member Health and Safety, Animal Welfare and Food Safety and Quality Assurance teams. These corporate teams support facility level leaders, who in turn are responsible for implementing and improving our sustainability performance on the ground.

Capital Expenditures

Investing in our facilities and operations is a key component of our companywide sustainability strategy. To ensure that we are continuously creating measurable change and driving responsible improvement, we track our U.S., Puerto Rican and Canadian capital expenditure investments in sustainable initiatives throughout the company. This year, JBS USA approved more than $451 million, 99 percent of our total capital expenditures, in more than 1,300 sustainability related projects.

2018 Investments

>$451 million

approved for investments in sustainability-related projects


sustainability-related projects


of total CAPEX approved was for sustainability-related projects

Collaboration for a Better Future

JBS USA recognizes that, to achieve meaningful progress in sustainability, we must partner with customers, stakeholders and organizations that share our values and commitment to a sustainable future. The broad-based, industrywide issues facing North American, European and Australian agriculture today require full value chain collaboration to identify sustainable approaches that benefit the industry and society. As such, we are active members of many industry-based associations and efforts focused on improving the industry’s performance and meeting the challenges of tomorrow. Some of our industry association partners include:

  • Alabama Feed and Grain Association
  • Alabama Poultry and Egg Association
  • Alberta Motor Carrier Association
  • American Association of Avian Pathologists
  • American Association of Swine Veterinarians
  • American College of Poultry Veterinarians
  • American Fats and Oils Association
  • American Feed Industry Association
  • American Leather Chemist Association
  • American Meat Science Association
  • American Society of Animal Science
  • American Veterinarian Medical Association
  • Asociación de Industriales de Puerto Rico
  • Association of National Advertisers
  • Australian Beef Sustainability Framework
  • Australian Environmental Business Network
  • Australian Food and Grocery Council
  • Australian Lot Feeders’ Association
  • Australian Meat Industry Council
  • Australian Meat Processor Corporation
  • Australian Pork Limited
  • Beef Industry Food Safety Council
  • British Frozen Food Federation
  • British Poultry Council
  • Bord Bia
  • Campden BRI Food and Drink Initiative
  • Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
  • Canadian Meat Council
  • Canadian Renderers Association
  • Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
  • Cattle Council of Australia
  • Chilled Food Association
  • Colorado Motor Carrier Association
  • European Federation for Beef and Pork Meat
  • Fats and Protein Research Foundation
  • Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance
  • French Meat Federation
  • French Meat Interprofessional Federation
  • French Poultry Federation
  • Georgia Association of Water Professionals
  • Georgia Poultry Federation
  • Georgia Veterinarian Medical Association
  • Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • Institute of Livestock or INRA (French National Institute of Agricultural Research)
  • International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture
  • International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration
  • International Meat Trade Association
  • Kentucky Poultry Federation
  • Kentucky Rural Water Association
  • Meat and Livestock Australia
  • Missouri Pork Producers Association
  • Northern Ireland Food Chain Certification
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • National Chicken Council
  • National Oilseed Processor Association
  • National Pork Board
  • National Pork Producers Council
  • National Poultry and Food Distributors Association
  • National Renderers Association
  • North American Meat Institute
  • North Carolina Poultry Federation
  • Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association
  • Northern Ireland Poultry Federation
  • Organic Farmers and Growers
  • Organic Trade Association
  • Palmetto Agribusiness Council
  • Pet Food Alliance
  • Poultry Science Association
  • Red Tractor
  • Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association
  • Research Chefs Association
  • SmartWay, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • South Carolina Poultry Federation
  • Southern Poultry Science Association
  • Southwest Meat Association
  • Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform
  • Tennessee Poultry Association
  • Texas Broiler Association
  • Texas Grain and Feed Association
  • Texas Poultry Improvement Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement
  • USA Poultry and Egg Export Council
  • S. Hide, Skins and Leather Association
  • S. Meat Export Federation
  • S. Poultry and Egg Association
  • S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
  • Virginia Poultry Federation
  • West Virginia Poultry Association
  • Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association

JBS USA holds leadership roles in a number of multi-stakeholder partnerships dedicated to responsibly addressing sustainability to advance continuous improvement through the supply chain. JBS USA is 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) and the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework. JBS USA has held numerous leadership positions in these organizations, including President, Executive Committee member and Board of Director member for the GRSB and Chair of the USRSB. JBS USA is currently on the Board of Directors for the USRSB and the Council for the CRSB. Pilgrim’s is a founding member of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry and Eggs (US-RSPE) and serves on the Board of Directors, and Pilgrim’s Moy Park is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform.

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
The GRSB is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative developed to advance continuous improvement in the sustainability of the global beef value chain through leadership, science and multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration. The GRSB envisions a world in which all aspects of the beef value chain are environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable.
The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
The USRSB is a multi-stakeholder initiative developed to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in sustainability of the U.S. beef value chain. The USRSB achieves this through leadership, innovation, multi-stakeholder engagement, and collaboration. The USRSB’s vision is that the U.S. beef value chain is the trusted global leader in environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable beef.
The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
The CRSB is an initiative developed to facilitate the framework for the Canadian beef industry to be a global leader in the continuous improvement and sustainability of the beef value chain through science, multi-stakeholder engagement, communication and collaboration. Their vision is that the Canadian beef industry is recognized globally to be economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible.
The Australian Beef Sustainability Framework
The Australian Beef Sustainability Framework defines sustainability as the production of beef in a manner that is socially, environmentally and economically responsible. They achieve this through the care of natural resources, people and the community, the health and welfare of animals, and the drive for continuous improvement. Their vision is to have a thriving Australian beef industry that strives to continuously improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment.
The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry and Eggs
The US-RSPE was launched in 2019 and is the nation’s multi-stakeholder sustainability initiative for the U.S. poultry and egg value chain. The US-RSPE has the ability to bring together a broad group of diverse stakeholders, who can collaboratively focus and accelerate continuous improvement in the entire poultry and egg value chain. Together, they hope to continually advance the U.S. as a global leader in responsibly produced poultry and eggs.
The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform
The SAI platform is a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to harness the collaborative power of its members to accelerate widespread adoption of sustainable agricultural practices. Their vision is to grow a sustainable, thriving and resilient agricultural sector that safeguards farm viability and protects and preserves the earth’s resources, human rights and animal welfare while supporting our members and adding value across the European food and drink industry.