Pilgrim's announces release of '2016 Sustainability Report'

Comprehensive report details 2016 progress and 2020 sustainability goals.

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. announced July 10 the release of its "2016 Sustainability Report." The 193-page report covers nearly 90 different important sustainability aspects, details the company's performance, explores key sustainability achievements in 2016 and reveals its sustainability goals for 2020.

"We are excited to release the Pilgrim's '2016 Sustainability Report.' The report is our most comprehensive effort to date to not only share our performance and what we do but to provide details on how we do things and why we believe our approach aligns with your values as a customer, parent, consumer, shareholder and stakeholder," Pilgrim's chief executive officer Bill Lovette said.

The company said its approach to sustainability encompasses both immediate and long-term performance goals to grow the business by satisfying the needs of today's consumers, to ensure the efficient and appropriate management of resources and to improve the lives of Pilgrim's team members, family farm partners and the communities in which the company and its team members live and operate.

The 2016 report transparently details Pilgrim's progress in team member health and safety, food safety, animal health and welfare, family farm partnerships and environmental performance.

Pilgrim’s reported the following progress in 2016:

  • Team member health and safety — Outperformed the industry average in total recordable incident rates and days away, restrictions and transfers rate.
  • Environment — Outperformed in eight out of nine 2015 targets, reducing energy use by 28%, greenhouse gas emissions by 33% and water use by 34%.
  • Animal health and welfare — 100% of team members and family farm partners were trained in accordance with the Pilgrim's Animal Welfare Program and eliminated the use of antibiotics critically important to human medicine for disease prevention.
  • Family farm partners — Pilgrim's more than 4,000 family farm partners were compensated $6.39 million to raise Pilgrim's birds;
  • Communities —$500,000 were contributed over five years to the USPOULTRY Foundation to advance research in poultry production.

By 2020, the company hopes to achieve the following goals:

  • In animal health and welfare, achieve a combined score of 92.5% on the Pilgrim's Animal Health & Welfare Scorecard across all complexes, convert 25% of production to antibiotic free by 2018 and maintain a prohibition on the use of antibiotics critically important to human medicine.
  • For family farm partners, create expanded economic opportunities for partners in on-trend markets, including organic, vegetarian fed and antibiotic free.
  • For team member health and safety, reduce severe incidents 15% year over year.
  • In product integrity, fully implement Pilgrim's Supplier Code of Business Ethics & Conduct.
  • Reduce water use intensity by 10%.
  • Reduce natural gas use by 14% and electricity use by 12%.
  • Regarding climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emission intensity by 14%.

"We are confident that our progress to date, coupled with our ambitious goals for 2020, will continue to position Pilgrim's as a global industry leader in the production of high-quality, sustainable chicken products," Lovette said. "At Pilgrim's, our unified team believes we are more than just a provider of great-tasting products. We believe in doing things the right way and holding ourselves to a standard that our customers, consumers, partners and shareholders can take pride in."

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