Márcio Nappo, JBS Sustainability director, spoke about JBS’s leadership in the battle against forced labor throughout its production chain


Márcio Nappo, JBS Sustainability Director, attended the InPACTO (National Pact Institute to Eradicate Slave Labor) 5-year Anniversary seminar in São Paulo on May 31 to share experiences about efforts to eradicate forced labor and to discuss the main challenges Brazilian companies face to encourage wider adoption of best practices across the country.


During “The path, the lessons learned and the context” panel, Nappo talked about JBS’s leading role in efforts to monitor, prevent and counter forced labor across its supply chain. The Company currently has a new monitoring system which is being used to map areas where there is a risk of forced labor in the Amazon, the region with the highest number of cases involving forced labor in Brazil.


The tool, called Hotspots Mapping, takes a new approach by addressing the issue to two different perspectives: geographic/territorial and social/economic/demographic. This means the Company can also develop action plans based on the results in each region.


“InPACTO helped us develop this new tool which maps the supply chain situation in the Legal Amazon. The system is easy to understand and deploy, helping us quickly identify possibly critical regions and rank cattle suppliers based on potential risk”, said Nappo.


Hotspots Mapping underlines JBS’ commitment to the issue. JBS has been a signatory of the National Pact to Eradicate Slave Labor since 2007 and was Brazil’s first food industry company to become a member of InPACTO back in 2014. The Company also partners with the institute to support with innovative efforts to detect and eradicate slave labor in Brazil.


“This partnership between JBS and InPACTO is strategically very important. Together, we have advanced several agendas and projects intended to build a more responsible production chain. We are very happy to celebrate the institute’s 5th anniversary alongside so many other partners who are all working towards a common goal”, he said.


Mércia Silva, executive director at InPACTO, said JBS is addressing the challenge of eradicating slave labor across its production chain by putting the issue on the Company’s management and compliance agendas.


“JBS is a major InPACTO partner and is helping us raise awareness of the issue in Brazil. We are optimistic about the way this joint effort is developing, particularly the efforts to share these experiences and practices with other industries”, said Mércia.


2019 Sedex Conference Presentation


In the first quarter of 2019, Nappo also presented Hotspots Mapping at the 2019 Sedex Conference, the main event organized by the Social and Environmental Responsibility platform, a global group with over 50 thousand member companies in 150 countries. The theme of this year’s event was “From products to results – Improving responsible sourcing”.


“Events such as the Sedex Conference are a major opportunity to increase exposure of our sustainability initiatives. JBS had a unique opportunity to show its global customers, the international media and NGOs how it handles these issues”, said Nappo.


The innovative Hotspots Mapping strategy means JBS is able to expand audits and check whether cattle supplier farms located in high-risk areas are complying with the Company’s sustainability guidelines.


“All of the Company’s sourcing information is audited by international and independent organizations and the positive results prove our monitoring system’s efficiency”, Nappo concluded.