We are pleased to share with you our 2018 JBS USA Sustainability Report: Food. Passion. Life. Sustainability at JBS USA.
At its core, JBS USA is a food company with a passion to be a part of the family meal, providing sustainable food solutions that our customers and consumers can be proud to share and serve. We strive each day to be the best, and our team is focused on improving the quality of life for millions of global citizens through delicious, great-tasting food. Our responsibility as a leading global food company is to produce safe, quality, sustainable food the right way. It is an important responsibility that we whole-heartedly embrace.
JBS USA has established a unique, diversified portfolio of primary proteins and branded, value-added food solutions across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand that allows our company to maximize global opportunities and minimize the impacts of trade restrictions and market disruptions. Our varied product offerings and exclusive global production and distribution platform are generating record results.
JBS USA enjoyed another banner year in 2018, producing the second best year of financial results in company history and contributing to the best year of financial results in the history of JBS Global, which includes our diversified operations in Brazil. At JBS USA, we are guided by an aspirational mindset to be the best, and our financial performance has allowed our company to provide new and exciting opportunities for our team members, family farm and ranch partners, customers, shareholders and communities.
In 2018, we also continued to establish a path for long-term growth and success by investing in our operations and team members at record levels, enhancing governance and compliance, reducing both financial debt and leverage, improving safety in our facilities, releasing our first-ever JBS USA Sustainability Report and making great strides toward meeting our 2020 sustainability goals.
In partnership with our stakeholders and the remarkable efforts of our team members, JBS USA stands ready to responsibly meet the challenges of the future and play a role in sustainably feeding the world.
On behalf of our entire JBS USA team, I thank you for your continued support and look forward to what we will accomplish together.