In the 2018 Sustainability Report, it outlined what it has done to meet its 2020 targets for sites in Australia, Canada, England, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, New Zealand and the United States.
Highlights for the business included a 16% reduction in severe incidents year-on-year, compared to the goal of 10%; a 10.9% reduction in electricity use intensity, compared to the goal of 12%; 17.7% reduction in greenhouse gas emission intensity, compared to the goal of 20%; and 11.9% reduction in natural gas use intensity, compared to the goal of 20%. The company is also on track to achieve a 90% or better score on the JBS USA Animal Health and Welfare Scorecard and on track to achieve 100% vendor compliance with its Supplier Code of Business Ethics and Conduct.
The business also provided more than 115,000 training hours through the People First Program; achieved a 95%-100% score at all production facilities that participated in third-party animal handling audits, partnered with more than 25,600 livestock and poultry family farmers and ranchers, providing payments of more than $18 billion in 2017-2018 and invested more than US$451million for investments in sustainability-related projects.
“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,” Andre Nogueira, president and CEO of JBS USA 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.”