The Company’s global sustainability priorities are: product integrity, animal welfare, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. This chapter will show guidelines, policies and global results in these topics. However, in line with the Company’s vision of “thinking globally, acting locally” and its strategy of providing business areas regional autonomy, these topics will also be discussed within the context of each business, with their specificities and results.
To conduct sustainability management at the corporate level, JBS has established leaders in Brazil and the USA, in addition to locally designating people to this theme at each business. Regional leaders are also tasked with engaging business areas with a commitment to sustainable action and with spreading this same vision across the value chain, serving as an interface for the Company’s communications with its stakeholders.
The Company maintains an important governance authority for this topic through the JBS Sustainability Committee, which is responsible for discussing strategic issues at the global level. This group reports directly to the Board of Directors. The Board’s Chairman, Jerry O’Callaghan, also joined the Sustainability Committee in 2019.
Brazilian directors are also responsible for monitoring all operations in Brazil and the Couros business unit in other countries. Operations for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Europe are monitored from the United States.