JBS has done significant work that focuses on food safety and adopted social and environmental criteria as part of its raw material procurement process to ensure it offers both customers and consumers high quality and reliable products.
Responsible raw material procurement
All beef products purchased by JBS come from farms that:
These criteria comply with the Public Livestock Commitment, an agreement led by Greenpeace. JBS’s operations undergo independent annual audits to verify compliance with these criteria. In partnership with Greenpeace, the company also develops annual work plans to improve its social and environmental processes.
At JBS, our dedication to quality means all our raw material supplies are considered our partners. JBS is aware of the role it plays in the industry, given the capillarity of its operations, and takes various steps to help transform the production chains it is linked to. As such, the company provides its suppliers with support and guidance on how to improve their practices and processes and help them operate on a sustainable basis.
JBS is a partner in this initiative, which aims to increase adoption of best livestock production practices on farms located in the Legal Amazon. This New Field program is coordinated by the Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV) and provides livestock breeders with guidance on social, environmental and production issues, such as soil and water conservation, compliance with Brazilian employment and environmental legislation, best animal welfare and handling practices, techniques to boost productivity and carcass quality, etc.
JBS created this program to help beef suppliers adapt to Brazil’s environmental legislation. The Program started in 2013 to help suppliers map their farms, subsequently developing into a network of consultants that specialize in adapting farms to the New Forestry Code.
This program focuses on farmers in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, one of Brazil’s main cattle breeding centers. This initiative highlights the importance of improving production practices so that farmers can supply better quality products.
In addition to JBS, this initiative is also supported by the state government in Mato Grosso do Sul, the Brazilian Meat Exporting Industry Association (Abiec), the Mato Grosso Do Sul Livestock Breeders Association (Acrissul), the Mato Grosso Do Sul Livestock and Agriculture Federation (Famasul) the Association of Young Steer Producers from Mato Grosso Do Sul and Empraba Beef Cattle.
This is a platform offering direct communications between JBS and its cattle suppliers that was created to create closer ties between producers and others participants in the value chain. The program offers farmers information on meat processing and product marketing.
As part of its partnership with integrated farmers, JBS offers all the consumables producers need for safe and healthy poultry and pig rearing, as well as guidance on production processes and environmental practices.
JBS is constantly working to ensure the well-being of its animals on a day-to-day basis. The goal in this case is to ensure that the fundamental freedoms of all animals – cattle, poultry or pigs – are respected. These freedoms include no hunger or thirst; no discomfort; no pain, injuries or diseases; no fear or stress and the freedom to express their natural behavior.
Work processes at our own units and those of our suppliers are constantly being improved. Strict transport and handling criteria are in place, including:
JBS invests in ongoing employee training on best handling practices during transportation and at processing plant corrals. It also has a technical partnership with some of the world’s foremost experts in this area, including Dr. Temple Grandin and Prof. Dr. Mateus Paranhos, from the Paulista State University (UNESP).
In 2016 and 2017, the company was ranked one of the best in the world for its animal welfare practices, according to the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW), a global, annual report produced by two international NGOs: World Animal Protection (WAP) and Compassion in World Farming (CIWF).
The full report, in English, can be accessed here.