Responsible Raw Material Procurement Policy
Suppliers submit to socioenvironmental monitoring, which guarantees a sustainable value chain
JBS is one of the world’s most advanced companies in monitoring the livestock industry supply chain. To guarantee the origin of its raw materials, the Company has a modern system for monitoring suppliers in the Amazon Biome that uses satellite imagery and geo-referenced data. JBS also checks out information from government bodies to vouch for the compliance of its direct cattle suppliers and to ensure that they abide by the strict socioenvironmental criteria contained in its Responsible Raw Material Procurement Policy.
The system checks whether or not the farms are located in areas of illegal deforestation, on indigenous lands or environmental conservation units; do not use forced labor; and/or there are no environmental embargoes. Monitoring, which takes place daily, uses current data of around 60,000 registered suppliers distributed across an area of 540,000 square kilometers in the Amazon region – equivalent to the size of Germany.
MORE THAN 11,000 FARMS BLOCKED
Upon identifying farms that are not compliant with one or more of the established socioenvironmental criteria, the system automatically blocks that property’s registration, making it impossible for it to engage in any transactions with the Company until the situation has been regularized. Since its implementation, the system has already blocked over 11,000 farms in Brazil.
100% COMPLIANCE IN RECENT AUDITS
Independent auditors vouch for the efficiency of the monitoring system, guaranteeing the sustainable origin of JBS products. Over the last six years, these audits have shown that direct purchases of cattle were 99,9% compliant, or higher, with the Company’s socioenvironmental criteria. In the last two audits, 100% of direct purchases met the socioenvironmental criteria.
JBS is also co-developer of the Beef on Track program (www.beefontrack.org), in partnership with the Federal Prosecution Office (MPF) and Brazilian NGO, Imaflora, which defines criteria and technical rules for monitoring cattle suppliers in the Legal Amazon region.
JBS does not purchase from those involved with:
Invasion of indigenous lands
Invasion of protected lands