JBS ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON HOW TO TACKLE MODERN SLAVERY
The event was attended by researchers from University of Nottingham
and a representative of the British Embassy in Brazil
JBS has been taking part in discussion on the challenges Brazil’s beef industry faces meeting new market requirements, which include compliance with UK legislation on modern slavery. This was one of the main goals at the workshop discussing “The impacts of anti-slavery legislation on the design of the UK-Brazil beef and timber supply chains”, held at the BRICS Policy Center in Rio de Janeiro on November 22, which was attended by Márcio Nappo, JBS Sustainability director.
Nappo took part in several round tables discussing the event’s main theme. In addition to exchanging experiences with Brazilian and British researchers as well as representatives from civil society organizations involved in Human Rights initiatives, Nappo was also able to present the strategies the Company has put in place to guarantee accountability throughout the production chain.
“It was a great pleasure to attend the event, especially as JBS gives particular importance to efforts to reduce forced labor. We monitor all our suppliers and their compliance with sustainability criteria in order to prevent wrongdoing across the production chain. The opportunity to discuss these issues with experts helps us to further refine our processes, improve our businesses and comply with Human Rights globally”, he explained.
The workshop was also attended by researchers from the University of Nottingham and PUC-Rio, as well as representatives from the British Embassy in Brazil and the NGOs Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), Corporate Responsibility Coalition (Core) and Repórter Brasil.
This is what some of the event’s participants had to say:
Alexander Trautrims – University of Nottingham
“We found across different sectors and different countries that it is crucial for real industry change that sector-leading companies also take leadership responsibilities on tackling modern slavery. From what we have seen of the Brazilian beef industry, both during our meeting with JBS and at today’s event, is that JBS has been taking this leadership and is developing a number of significant initiatives with the aim of improving the current situation in Brazil and encouraging actors across the chain to join JBS’ approach. This move is critical if we are to achieve significant change and we hope to see further progress in the future”.
Beatriz Sannuti – British Embassy in Brazil
Tackling modern slavery is a key priority for this Government and we are committed to tackling it in private and public sector supply chains. We are exploring how to continue to support companies, society and law enforcement in how to prevent, tackle, prosecute it and how to provide support to victims. We know some sectors present bigger challenges than others so, in this sense, I have greatly enjoyed taking part in the event and exchanging views with colleagues and partners around how to take the agenda forward and help make it more effective particularly in the beef and timber supply chain. The British Embassy in Brazil is very keen to continue to support discussions and initiatives in the country aimed at tackling the issue.
Silvia Pinheiro – PUC-Rio and BRICS Policy Center
“PUC-Rio and partner universities believe that academic research should be applied more widely to real-life problems in society. We therefore encourage all the actors involved to participate so that the studies we carry out are able to provide a faithful picture of actual conditions that the market’s main players face. This is why JBS’s involvement with the event contributed significantly to our understanding of the meat industry and will help us continue our work on this issue”.
Júlia Neiva – Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC)
“It was a great pleasure to take part in the event and see that major players are open to discussing their roles in terms of helping to stop human rights violations on the global stage. Each actor needs to understand what its responsibilities are in its respective production chain, creating in-house mechanisms that can effectively prevent and address rights violations”.