JBS USA is committed to conducting all activities in compliance with labor and human rights laws; a series of internal and external policies guarantee this process. For example,a Supplier Code of Business Ethics and Conduct has been developed,, which ensures that vendors meet or exceed our high standards when conducting business with JBS USA. Learn more in JBS/Ethics and compliance.
We have a 2020 goal for all of our partners with agreements entered into since 2018 to be in agreement with this code.
JBS USA prioritizes work with partner organizations that support the disadvantaged and those in need, improve the development and wellbeing of youth, promote agriculture, support the Company’s team members, promote acceptance and diversity, and support local communities.
The Company particularly recognizes the important role it plays in the communities where team members live and JBS USA operates. In addition to its role as a major job creator, the Company has a long history of partnering with local non-profit organizations and encourages team members to take every opportunity to be active stewards of their community. The goal is for our hometowns around the world to consider JBS USA a good neighbor.
To make sure volunteering, sponsorships and donations have the most meaningful impact, the Company always seeks to support local initiatives, many of which benefit community schools, hospitals and youth organizations. This approach to community involvement allows the Company to have an impact where its team members live and work, with the greatest possible benefit.
The Company does not set consolidated giving or volunteering targets. Instead, each JBS USA unit has an annual budget dedicated to supporting local initiatives and communities, based on an assessment of regional priorities. They are encouraged to follow basic guidelines for partnering with the community and determining the best use of funds. For example, while some facilities focus on working to better the lives of local youth, others choose to fight hunger.
At the national level in the USA and Canada in 2019, JBS USA and Pilgrim’s supported the United Way, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Relay for Life, American Red Cross and local learning institutions, such as public schools, colleges and universities.
Together with the government of Brooks, Alberta, JBS USA supports the JBS Canada Center, a facility where immigrants are able to play sports, attend educational activities and socialize, among other services. For example, in the library thousands of people become more familiar with the English language and Canadian culture.
In Australia, Primo Foods supports Foodbank, an initiative aimed at serving people living with food insecurity, by donating products valued at approximately AUD 390,000. The Company also collaborated in the CEO CookOff, another project geared toward vulnerable communities, to provide food to six million people through donations of cash and products. At an event to commemorate the project, the CEO of Primo cooked for 1,400 guests from Sydney’s most impoverished communities, along with 300 business leaders and 50 of the best chefs in Australia. Throughout the year, JBS’s Australian operations sponsored more than AUD 648,000 and donated 122 metric tons of food.
Pilgrim’s Moy Park, invested in initiatives targeting education in rural communities, which include scholarships, job placement support and training in business disciplines to better qualify young people for meaningful employment. The Company also partnered with the Marie Curie Foundation, an institute committed to providing care to people with terminal illnesses and their families. Marie Curie nurses provide 24-hour practical support day and night to patients in their homes and at nine hospitals.
Since 2015, Moy Park has also partnered with FareShare, the largest food redistribution institute in the United Kingdom, whose goal is to combat hunger by redistributing excess food to charitable institutes. In 2019, products equaling 370,000 meals were donated for redistribution across FareShare’s entire network of 21 Regional Centers, reaching homeless shelters, breakfast and lunch clubs, domestic violence shelters and community cafes throughout the United Kingdom.
Pilgrim’s Sanford, NC, Chicken Production Facility