Annual and Sustainability Report | 2019
JBS Couros production unit in Itumbiara (GO)

Performance
and perspectives

Future outlook

At the heart of the Company’s purpose and business strategy is the fact that humanity faces the challenge of guaranteeing quality food for the over 7.7 billion people living on the planet – which should reach 10 billion in 2050, according to projections from the United Nations¹. Reinforcing this scenario, animal protein consumption is expected to increase by 70%, along with a rise in global population², wealth and urbanization, as well as changes in dietary trends to protein foods, which were previously absent from most people’s diets.

Even in this scenario of radical changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this challenge remains. Because of this, in addition to the measures we take to protect jobs and the health of team members and communities, we continue to build a global model, supported by a fast relationship with the value chain and by the diversity of our geography and portfolio, focusing on value-added products. This global model makes it possible to capture important synergies and improve operating performance. While portfolio diversification allows for growth and improved margins, in addition to benefits from integrating the various chains that make up the Company’s product mix. The Company’s growth strategy moreover includes seeking out value-added services and products, based on financial discipline and the sustainability of operations.

To maintain a continual trajectory of growth, without putting the differentials at risk that made the Company a market leader, JBS invests in strengthening its values and beliefs as well as its people, who are the main vehicles of this vision of business and who work knowing what it means to be a group and having a common purpose. Investments in training, safety and close communication are some of the strategies to strengthen and share the JBS Culture. The same logic extends to producers and suppliers, who are more than just a part of the value chain, they are fundamental to implementing the Company’s business model and to guaranteeing the sustainability of its operations. When it comes to the environment, the Company works to reduce its footprint, especially in relation to water use, carbon emissions and generation of waste. After all, the very existence of the Company and its businesses are intimately connected to nature and to the ecosystem services nature provides.

The main path to attaining this goal is through a process of ongoing improvement, where priorities are the aspects the Company is able to control and enhance in its operations. In the value chain, JBS holds a leading position where it can contribute to improvements across the industry through innovations and projects that shift the current model.

To deal with this movement of expansion, JBS invests in agile and qualified governance, simplifying decision-making while at the same time growing stronger in principles such as compliance, innovation and product quality. All of this shows that JBS and its over 240,000 team members are taking the mission of feeding the world very seriously and will continue to work and invest to achieve this goal.

 

¹ Source: https://nacoesunidas.org/populacao-mundial-deve-chegar-a-97-bilhoes-de-pessoas-em-2050-diz-relatorio-da-onu/
² Source: World Resources Institute

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