JBS USES SATELLITE IMAGERY OF 45 MILLION HECTARES IN THE AMAZON, AN AREA LARGER
THAN GERMANY, TO FIGHT DEFORESTATION AND FORCED LABOR IN ITS SUPPLY CHAIN
Every day, JBS analyzes more than 50,000 cattle suppliers in the Amazon region using
georeferenced satellite imagery and data from government agencies
JBS is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its cattle supplier monitoring efforts in 2019. The Company instituted Responsible Raw Material Procurement Policy in 2009, setting out a range of social and environmental criteria that apply to its supplier selection process. It then went on to develop a proprietary system that identifies and blocks non-compliant farms.
Today, JBS has approximately 90 thousand direct cattle suppliers in Brazil. 50 thousand of these suppliers are based in the Amazon region. Supplier farms located in the Legal Amazon are analyzed every day using information from government agencies, georeferenced data and satellite imagery covering 45 million hectares, an area the size of Germany or twice the size of the state of São Paulo.
Each farm is monitored on an individual basis. In addition to using satellite imagery, supplier data are cross-checked with the IBAMA (Brazilian Environmental and Renewable Natural Resources Institute) list of embargoed areas and the “Forced Labor Blacklist” produced by the Ministry of the Economy’s Special Social Security and Work Secretariat.
If JBS detects farms that fail to comply with the Company’s social and environmental criteria, the monitoring system automatically blocks the property’s trading authorization and suspends trading until the situation has been remedied.
JBS’s entire cattle procurement and supplier monitoring processes are independently audited annually by DNV-GL, a Norwegian audit company. Over the past five years, audit results have shown that more than 99.9% of JBS cattle purchases comply with the Company’s social and environmental policies and ensure it buys products from farms that are not involved in deforestation or that use forced labor. The audit reports are available on JBS’s website: https://jbs.com.br/sustentabilidade/dialogo-transparencia-e-comunicacao.
“We use some of the most modern and extensive technologies currently available to sustainably manage the JBS raw material supply chain. We probably have the largest and most sophisticated supplier monitoring system in the world. We remain focused on ensuring we can show all our customers and consumers that we source our products responsibly”, said Márcio Nappo, JBS’s Sustainability director.