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JBS USA outlines sustainability accomplishments

Company approved more than $451 million for investments in sustainability-related projects in 2018.

JBS USA, a U.S.-based global food company, recently released its "2018 Sustainability Report" and progress toward 2020 sustainability targets. The report is JBS’s first interactive, digital report and represents the most comprehensive and transparent view to date of the global company’s sustainability progress in its operations in Australia, Canada, England, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, New Zealand and the U.S.

“At our core, we are a food company with a passion to be a part of the family meal, providing sustainable food solutions to our customers and consumers that they can proudly share and serve,” JBS USA president and chief executive officer Andre Nogueira said. “The JBS USA '2018 Sustainability Report' details our economic, social and environmental progress and the important role our more than 100,000 team members play in improving the quality of life for millions of families around the world through delicious food.”

The sustainability report details JBS USA’s accomplishments, case studies and next steps in key areas such as: team members, customers and consumers, environment, animal care, communities and suppliers.

Achievements in 2018 included:

  • Team members -- Providing more than 115,000 training hours through the People First Program, a training program for frontline supervisors.
  • Environment -- A 4% reduction in electricity use intensity and a 3% reduction in greenhouse gas emission intensity from 2017 to 2018.
  • Animal care -- All production facilities participated in third-party animal handling audits, with a 95-100% score achieved on external animal welfare audits.
  • Suppliers -- Partnering with more than 25,600 livestock and poultry family farmers and ranchers, providing payments of more than $18 billion in 2017-18.
  • Investment -- Approving more than $451 million for investments in sustainability-related projects.

JBS said it made significant progress toward 2020 sustainability goals in many areas. There has been a 16% reduction in severe incidents year over year, compared to the goal of 10%; it had a 10.9% reduction in electricity use intensity versus the goal of 12%; it achieved a 17.7% reduction in greenhouse gas emission intensity versus the goal of 20%, and it had a 11.9% reduction in natural gas use intensity versus the goal of 20%. Further, the company said it is on track to achieve a 90% or better score on the JBS USA Animal Health & Welfare Scorecard and is on track to achieve 100% vendor compliance with its Supplier Code of Business Ethics & Conduct.

“We continued to make great strides in 2018 to unlock the full potential of our company, recording our second best ever financial results, reducing both financial debt and leverage, investing in our facilities and team members at record levels, enhancing governance and compliance, improving worker safety and reducing our environmental footprint,” Nogueira said. “Our progress is evident, but we are committed to partnering with our team members and stakeholders to accelerate our progress and responsibly meet the challenges of the future to benefit the next generation.”

The JBS USA "2018 Sustainability Report" is available online at http://sustainability.jbssa.com.

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