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  • Overall approach
    6/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      Commodity-specific commitment - commitment that does not apply to all of the commodities the company is exposed to
      0/4
      Commodities (if applicable): Beef; Leather
      [Translation] "JBS maintains the promise of fighting, discouraging and eliminating Amazon deforestation. We have a zero deforestation policy in the region and prohibit the entry of cattle from farms linked to deforestation in our supply chain."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "JBS is also a member of the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA)"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      [translation] "The importance of the Amazon - Largest rainforest in the world - It has the greatest biodiversity in the world - Largest forest carbon stock on the planet - Great traditional knowledge of local communities - Determinant for the entire rainfall regime in South America - More than 20 million people live in this region"
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Reputational
      "The image risks that could affect JBS is related to food security, cattle raising and its wide supply chain, which may cause deforestation to create new pastures. Deforestation is a very sensitive issue not just in Brazil, but also with huge range throughout the world. Furthermore, cattle raising is usually linked to deforestation and degradable pasture lands. Added to this, deforestation is the main greenhouse gas emissions source in Brazil. This means that cattle raising and, consequently, JBS core business is very sensitive to public opinion, which could damaged our revenues and the demand for our products, since, for example, campaigns against our products could raise against a suppose effort to mitigate deforestation."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Not specified

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Soy; Beef; Leather; Pulp & Paper
      "The Company maintains an important governance body on the subject with the JBS Sustainability Committee, responsible for discussing strategic and global issues. The committee reports directly to the Board of Directors"; "Sustainability Committee: Advises the Board of Directors in relation to sustainability risks and opportunities. Accordingly, the committee is responsible for connecting all topics related to the Company’s business in a global perspective, including: identification, addressing and treatment of critical issues that result in risks or impacts on business; monitoring and implementation of policies, strategies and specific initiatives; and evaluation of proposed sustainability investments. There are four members on the Committee."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      2/2
      Yes
      2/2
      Which method is used to calculate the GHG emissions arising from land use change?: Not specified

      What is the total volume of GHG emissions arising from land use change?: 544.86 tons
       JBS reported in its 2018 CDP report that it caused 544.86 tons of CO2 emissions due to land use change in 2018.
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Other or unclear

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2040
      "NET ZERO Achieve Net Zero GHG emissions by 2040 30% REDUCTION in GHG emissions from scopes 1+2 and GHG emission intensity compared to a 2019 baseline"
  • Commodity score
    37/88
    • Beef
      44/88
      • Commitment Strength
        11/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            "Friboi, the JBS beef business in Brazil, does not purchase animals from farms participating in deforestation of native forests or invasion of indigenous land or environmental conservation areas, or farms embargoed by the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Natural Resources (IBAMA). Furthermore, the Company does not purchase cattle from suppliers involved in rural violence or agrarian conflict, or who use forced or child labor."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            Only applies to Brazilian Amazon - "Friboi, the JBS beef business in Brazil, does not purchase animals from farms participating in deforestation of native forests or invasion of indigenous land or environmental conservation areas, or farms embargoed by the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Natural Resources (IBAMA). Furthermore, the Company does not purchase cattle from suppliers involved in rural violence or agrarian conflict, or who use forced or child labor."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Friboi, the JBS beef business in Brazil, does not purchase animals from farms participating in deforestation of native forests or invasion of indigenous land or environmental conservation areas, or farms embargoed by the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Natural Resources (IBAMA). Furthermore, the Company does not purchase cattle from suppliers involved in rural violence or agrarian conflict, or who use forced or child labor."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          7/9
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            "In 2010, JBS implemented a system that monitors and verifies conditions on all supplier properties to ensure that all animal purchases comply with the Company’s social and environmental criteria. Every day, JBS analyzes more than 90,000 cattle suppliers in Brazil using satellite imagery, farm geo-referencing data and information from government agencies. The JBS monitoring system analyzes satellite imagery of supplier farms that covers around 450 thousand km2 (111 million acres) in over 400 municipalities in the Amazon region. This is equivalent to an area the size of Spain."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location; Indirect suppliers
            Only applies to Brazilian Amazon and direct suppliers - "In 2010, JBS implemented a system that monitors and verifies conditions on all supplier properties to ensure that all animal purchases comply with the Company’s social and environmental criteria. Every day, JBS analyzes more than 90,000 cattle suppliers in Brazil using satellite imagery, farm geo-referencing data and information from government agencies. The JBS monitoring system analyzes satellite imagery of supplier farms that covers around 450 thousand km2 (111 million acres) in over 400 municipalities in the Amazon region. This is equivalent to an area the size of Spain." "The efforts of data collection, supplier information and analysis of the socio-environmental monitoring system are limited partly-to direct cattle suppliers. The company does not have access to Animal Transit Forms (GTA) for its indirect suppliers - the forms are only available to and used by the government."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "In 2010, JBS implemented a system that monitors and verifies conditions on all supplier properties to ensure that all animal purchases comply with the Company’s social and environmental criteria. Every day, JBS analyzes more than 90,000 cattle suppliers in Brazil using satellite imagery, farm geo-referencing data and information from government agencies. The JBS monitoring system analyzes satellite imagery of supplier farms that covers around 450 thousand km2 (111 million acres) in over 400 municipalities in the Amazon region. This is equivalent to an area the size of Spain."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          [translation] “Business Partners” means all suppliers, customers or other third parties who work to help JBS in the exercise of their activity. (...) Business Partners must respect the right of workers to form or join a union, as well as collectively negotiating their rights labor. Business Partners must not use labor slave, child or forced and they recognize that everyone is equal before the law and, without distinction, have the right to equal protection from any discrimination or incitement. that violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: Around 400
          "Over the course of the year, 19,056 head of cattle were acquired from family farmers through the Social Fuel Seal program, a 60% increase year-over-year. This initiative is a partnership between Friboi and JBS Biodiesel in the São Miguel do Guaporé (RO) region and in 17 other municipalities in Rondônia, which is developed by training small livestock producers in an effort to improve pasture lands, property management, herd management and genetic improvement, with purchases guaranteed by the Company. Total revenue for the 338 families surpassed R$ 38.5 million for the year. Around 30,000 head of cattle are expected to be purchased in 2020, involving more than 400 families."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          As part of its 2019 CDP Water report, JBS lists "Watershed remediation and habitat restoration, ecosystem preservation" as a company goal, to be achieved through "Preservation and conservation of protected areas and springs. The recovery of forests, rivers and soils in strategic areas increases the water flow and the quality of water available for the use of the population, companies and rural producers. The Sustainable Water Management Program in Brazil plans to develop projects beyond the company gates, covering its supply chain in the actions to recover and preserve water resources."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        21/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            "In 2010, JBS implemented a system that monitors and verifies conditions on all supplier properties to ensure that all animal purchases comply with the Company’s social and environmental criteria. Every day, JBS analyzes more than 90,000 cattle suppliers in Brazil using satellite imagery, farm geo-referencing data and information from government agencies. The JBS monitoring system analyzes satellite imagery of supplier farms that covers around 450 thousand km2 (111 million acres) in over 400 municipalities in the Amazon region. This is equivalent to an area the size of Spain. The Company’s entire cattle procurement and supplier monitoring system are independently audited every year and the audit results are available from the JBS website. These independent audits have shown that in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 more than 99.9% of JBS cattle purchases from farms in the Amazon region comply with the Company’s social and environmental criteria." In 2019, DNV-GL, a well-known international auditor company from Norway that also provides social and environmental consultancy and certification, reported that 100% of JBS 2018 cattle purchases in the Amazon region were socially and environmentally compliant.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            "To make sure that suppliers are complying with these standards, there is a System for Social and Environmental Monitoring of Cattle Suppliers that works on geospatial analysis based on satellite images, farms georeferenced maps and deforestation data from the National Space Research Institute for –INPE, which cover the whole direct operations. To ensure compliance with the JBS’s commitments, an independent party annually audits the System. According to the results of the independent audit since 2014 the level of understanding is greater than 99%."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Independent audits

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Independent audits
            "In 2010, JBS implemented a system that monitors and verifies conditions on all supplier properties to ensure that all animal purchases comply with the Company’s social and environmental criteria. Every day, JBS analyzes more than 90,000 cattle suppliers in Brazil using satellite imagery, farm geo-referencing data and information from government agencies. The JBS monitoring system analyzes satellite imagery of supplier farms that covers around 450 thousand km2 (111 million acres) in over 400 municipalities in the Amazon region. This is equivalent to an area the size of Spain. The Company’s entire cattle procurement and supplier monitoring system are independently audited every year and the audit results are available from the JBS website. These independent audits have shown that in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 more than 99.9% of JBS cattle purchases from farms in the Amazon region comply with the Company’s social and environmental criteria." In 2019, DNV-GL, a well-known international auditor company from Norway that also provides social and environmental consultancy and certification, reported that 100% of JBS 2018 cattle purchases in the Amazon region were socially and environmentally compliant.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Independent Audit

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Independent Audit

            Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: Indirect suppliers
            "To make sure that suppliers are complying with these standards, there is a System for Social and Environmental Monitoring of Cattle Suppliers that works on geospatial analysis based on satellite images, farms georeferenced maps and deforestation data from the National Space Research Institute for –INPE, which cover the whole direct operations. To ensure compliance with the JBS’s commitments, an independent party annually audits the System. According to the results of the independent audit since 2014 the level of understanding is greater than 99%."
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2009
          "JBS Standards of cattle purchasing are expressed in the document “Minimum Criteria for Industrial – Scale Operations with Cattle and Beef Products in the Amazon Biome”, which states that the company must not acquire cattle from areas with illegal deforestation, cleared after 2009 in the Amazon Biome and located within protected areas."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture; Be Legal in the Amazon

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "The Company is also a member of the Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture, which works collaboratively on issues connected to climate change. It is also a supporter of the “Be Legal in the Amazon” initiative, led by the Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG), the Brazilian Beef Exporters Association (ABIEC), and other institutions who work to combat illegal occupation of public lands and deforestation in the Amazon."; "JBS is a founding member and acts on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), a multi-stakeholder initiative for sustainable beef production. It is also a member of the Working Group (WG) on Sustainable Beef (GTPS) and of the Leather WG and Technical Sub-Group and Trader WG."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
           "Based on the guidelines of the Financial Risks and Commodities Management Policy, as approved by the Board of Directors, this area also supports operational units in identifying and monitoring risks specific to their own activities, supported by specialist staff and specific systems. The matrix below lists the risks JBS has identified by category and severity level, as well as the efforts made to mitigate them [...] Social and environmental risks: Raw material procurement: The risk of purchasing raw materials from suppliers involved in deforestation of old growth, invasion of protected areas– such as indigenous land or environmental conservation units - use of child or forced labor or products that could pose a risk to consumer health."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Business Partners must fully comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations." ; "Codes of Conduct and Ethics guide the practices of employees, suppliers and partners, while the preventive and detective controls implemented ensure uninterrupted monitoring and daily notifications of non-compliances."[...] "JBS uses a due system diligence to carry out the reputational assessment of third parties and thus ensure greater reliability and security in the hiring business partners. Supplier data is automatically cross-checked with various databases and research lists. The process guarantees non-contracting of companies and individuals whose practices are in conflict with ethical values of the organization"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          [translation] "JBS Ethics Line is an exclusive tool for safe and, if desired, anonymous communication of conducts considered unethical and that violate the JBS Code of Conduct and Ethics and/or current legislation. We would like to emphasize that there are irregular conducts that can cause damage to all employees, customers, investors, society as a whole, which is why complaints of this nature are very useful for the preservation of JBS, for the benefit of all who relate to it. The information registered here will be received by an independent and specialized company, ICTS, ensuring absolute secrecy and the proper treatment of each situation. If you wish, your report can also be made by calling 0800 377 8055 (Brazil), 000 401 90861 (Uruguay) or 0800 666 1659 (Argentina), 24 hours a day."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What third-party verification is used?: Independent audit by DNV-GL

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100% in Amazon
          n 2019, DNV-GL, a well-known international auditor company from Norway that also provides social and environmental consultancy and certification, reported that 100% of JBS 2018 cattle purchases in the Amazon region were socially and environmentally compliant.
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Does the company use a certification system?: No

          If so, what jurisdictions and mechanisms does the company use?: Independent audit 

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No
          "In 2013, JBS signed a new TAC with the Federal Public Prosecution Office (MPF) in Acre and Mato Grosso to set standards for the facilities located in the Legal Amazon. In independent audits presented by JBS to the Federal Prosecutor's Office, the company obtained excellent results."
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification
          "To comply with the commitment, JBS has developed a monitoring system, which is comprised of 2 analysis procedures. One involves a geospatial monitoring that performs the digital overlay of georeferenced cattle farms maps across official data of deforestation, including protected areas maps, such environmental conservation units and indigenous lands. The second performs the intersection of the registration data of the Company's cattle suppliers with the information from the public lists of areas embargoed by IBAMA - by illegal deforestation – and employers who used work practices that are degrading or analogous to slavery, according the Ministry of labor (MTE). An Independent audit is annually provided on the system basis, the results are available on JBS’s website. According to the results of the independent audit since 2014 the level of understanding is greater than 99%. In its most recent audit, 2018, one company got the best result from the audit process, with 100% of purchases being in compliance."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non-compliance with Responsible Sourcing Policy

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "JBS Brazil has a Responsible Sourcing Policy that establishes social and environmental criteria for suppliers selection. JBS has made a public social commitment to not purchase cattle from farms responsible for deforestation in the Amazon Biome region. To ensure compliance with this commitment, in 2010 JBS developed a social and environmental monitoring system for farms that supply livestock to JBS. The suppliers, which aren’t in comply with the criteria, are automatically blocked in the Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP) and no purchasing operations are made. According to the results of the independent audit of a JBS achieved results greater than 99%."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, excluded
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, excluded
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
          [translation] "When identifying farms that do not meet one or more established socio-environmental criteria, the system automatically blocks the registration of that property, making any operation with the company impossible until its situation is regularized. Since the implementation, the system has already blocked over 11.000 farms in Brazil"
    • Leather
      41/88
      • Commitment Strength
        11/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            [Translation] "The Company works only with raw materials produced in accordance with the highest standards. This ensures that the leather comes from areas free of deforestation, invasion of indigenous lands, conservation units, working conditions analogous to slavery or violence in the countryside and agrarian conflicts." "JBS Couros currently operates 17 units that have been certified by the Leather Working Group (LWG), all receiving top marks fortraceability. The LWG is an international initiative involving companies, retail chains, tanneries and suppliers to debate and promoteefficient and sustainable farming practices across the global leather industry – and has been directly involved with the Group indeveloping protocols and organizing discussion forums to debate best practices. Additionally, JBS has made a public socialcommitment to not purchase cattle from farms responsible for deforestation in the Amazon Biome region."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            Only applies to leather sourced from the Brazilian Amazon - [Translation] "The Company works only with raw materials produced in accordance with the highest standards. This ensures that the leather comes from areas free of deforestation, invasion of indigenous lands, conservation units, working conditions analogous to slavery or violence in the countryside and agrarian conflicts." "JBS Couros currently operates 17 units that have been certified by the Leather Working Group (LWG), all receiving top marks fortraceability. The LWG is an international initiative involving companies, retail chains, tanneries and suppliers to debate and promoteefficient and sustainable farming practices across the global leather industry – and has been directly involved with the Group indeveloping protocols and organizing discussion forums to debate best practices. Additionally, JBS has made a public socialcommitment to not purchase cattle from farms responsible for deforestation in the Amazon Biome region."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            [Translation] "The Company works only with raw materials produced in accordance with the highest standards. This ensures that the leather comes from areas free of deforestation, invasion of indigenous lands, conservation units, working conditions analogous to slavery or violence in the countryside and agrarian conflicts." "JBS Couros currently operates 17 units that have been certified by the Leather Working Group (LWG), all receiving top marks fortraceability. The LWG is an international initiative involving companies, retail chains, tanneries and suppliers to debate and promoteefficient and sustainable farming practices across the global leather industry – and has been directly involved with the Group indeveloping protocols and organizing discussion forums to debate best practices. Additionally, JBS has made a public socialcommitment to not purchase cattle from farms responsible for deforestation in the Amazon Biome region."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          7/9
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            "In addition, Kind Leather has another sustainable factor associated with it: a complete traceability program, which gathers data referring to all stages of the leather production process, from the origin on the farm to the final product. JBS Couros is the only company in the sector to have this visibility on the production chain, on a large scale. For combining a solid leather traceability program with a modern monitoring system that monitors and verifies that the activities of its more than 80,000 cattle suppliers in Brazil comply with the socio-environmental criteria determined by the Company's Responsible Purchase Policy"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            "In addition, Kind Leather has another sustainable factor associated with it: a complete traceability program, which gathers data referring to all stages of the leather production process, from the origin on the farm to the final product. JBS Couros is the only company in the sector to have this visibility on the production chain, on a large scale. For combining a solid leather traceability program with a modern monitoring system that monitors and verifies that the activities of its more than 80,000 cattle suppliers in Brazil comply with the socio-environmental criteria determined by the Company's Responsible Purchase Policy"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "In addition, Kind Leather has another sustainable factor associated with it: a complete traceability program, which gathers data referring to all stages of the leather production process, from the origin on the farm to the final product. JBS Couros is the only company in the sector to have this visibility on the production chain, on a large scale. For combining a solid leather traceability program with a modern monitoring system that monitors and verifies that the activities of its more than 80,000 cattle suppliers in Brazil comply with the socio-environmental criteria determined by the Company's Responsible Purchase Policy"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          [translation] “Business Partners” means all suppliers, customers or other third parties who work to help JBS in the exercise of their activity. (...) Business Partners must respect the right of workers to form or join a union, as well as collectively negotiating their rights labor. Business Partners must not use labor slave, child or forced and they recognize that everyone is equal before the law and, without distinction, have the right to equal protection from any discrimination or incitement. that violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          As part of its 2019 CDP Water report, JBS lists "Watershed remediation and habitat restoration, ecosystem preservation" as a company goal, to be achieved through "Preservation and conservation of protected areas and springs. The recovery of forests, rivers and soils in strategic areas increases the water flow and the quality of water available for the use of the population, companies and rural producers. The Sustainable Water Management Program in Brazil plans to develop projects beyond the company gates, covering its supply chain in the actions to recover and preserve water resources."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        22/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "In 2010, JBS implemented a system that monitors and verifies conditions on all supplier properties to ensure that all animal purchases comply with the Company’s social and environmental criteria. Every day, JBS analyzes more than 90,000 cattle suppliers in Brazil using satellite imagery, farm geo-referencing data and information from government agencies. The JBS monitoring system analyzes satellite imagery of supplier farms that covers around 450 thousand km2 (111 million acres) in over 400 municipalities in the Amazon region. This is equivalent to an area the size of Spain. The Company’s entire cattle procurement and supplier monitoring system are independently audited every year and the audit results are available from the JBS website. These independent audits have shown that in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 more than 99.9% of JBS cattle purchases from farms in the Amazon region comply with the Company’s social and environmental criteria." In 2019, DNV-GL, a well-known international auditor company from Norway that also provides social and environmental consultancy and certification, reported that 100% of JBS 2018 cattle purchases in the Amazon region were socially and environmentally compliant.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "To make sure that suppliers are complying with these standards, there is a System for Social and Environmental Monitoring of Cattle Suppliers that works on geospatial analysis based on satellite images, farms georeferenced maps and deforestation data from the National Space Research Institute for –INPE, which cover the whole direct operations. To ensure compliance with the JBS’s commitments, an independent party annually audits the System. According to the results of the independent audit since 2014 the level of understanding is greater than 99%."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Independent audits

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Independent audits
            "In 2010, JBS implemented a system that monitors and verifies conditions on all supplier properties to ensure that all animal purchases comply with the Company’s social and environmental criteria. Every day, JBS analyzes more than 90,000 cattle suppliers in Brazil using satellite imagery, farm geo-referencing data and information from government agencies. The JBS monitoring system analyzes satellite imagery of supplier farms that covers around 450 thousand km2 (111 million acres) in over 400 municipalities in the Amazon region. This is equivalent to an area the size of Spain. The Company’s entire cattle procurement and supplier monitoring system are independently audited every year and the audit results are available from the JBS website. These independent audits have shown that in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 more than 99.9% of JBS cattle purchases from farms in the Amazon region comply with the Company’s social and environmental criteria." In 2019, DNV-GL, a well-known international auditor company from Norway that also provides social and environmental consultancy and certification, reported that 100% of JBS 2018 cattle purchases in the Amazon region were socially and environmentally compliant.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Independent audit 

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Independent audit 

            Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: Indirect suppliers
            "To make sure that suppliers are complying with these standards, there is a System for Social and Environmental Monitoring of Cattle Suppliers that works on geospatial analysis based on satellite images, farms georeferenced maps and deforestation data from the National Space Research Institute for –INPE, which cover the whole direct operations. To ensure compliance with the JBS’s commitments, an independent party annually audits the System. According to the results of the independent audit since 2014 the level of understanding is greater than 99%."
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2009
          "JBS Standards of cattle purchasing are expressed in the document “Minimum Criteria for Industrial – Scale Operations with Cattle and Beef Products in the Amazon Biome”, which states that the company must not acquire cattle from areas with illegal deforestation, cleared after 2009 in the Amazon Biome and located within protected areas."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: The Leather Working Group
          "JBS is a founding member and acts on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), a multi-stakeholder initiative for sustainable beef production. It is also a member of the Working Group (WG) on Sustainable Beef (GTPS) and of the Leather WG and Technical Sub-Group and Trader WG."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "Based on the guidelines of the Financial Risks and Commodities Management Policy, as approved by the Board of Directors, this area also supports operational units in identifying and monitoring risks specific to their own activities, supported by specialist staff and specific systems. The matrix below lists the risks JBS has identified by category and severity level, as well as the efforts made to mitigate them [...] Social and environmental risks: Raw material procurement: The risk of purchasing raw materials from suppliers involved in deforestation of old growth, invasion of protected areas– such as indigenous land or environmental conservation units - use of child or forced labor or products that could pose a risk to consumer health."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Business Partners must fully comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations." ; "Codes of Conduct and Ethics guide the practices of employees, suppliers and partners, while the preventive and detective controls implemented ensure uninterrupted monitoring and daily notifications of non-compliances."[...] "JBS uses a due system diligence to carry out the reputational assessment of third parties and thus ensure greater reliability and security in the hiring business partners. Supplier data is automatically cross-checked with various databases and research lists. The process guarantees non-contracting of companies and individuals whose practices are in conflict with ethical values of the organization"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          [translation] "JBS Ethics Line is an exclusive tool for safe and, if desired, anonymous communication of conducts considered unethical and that violate the JBS Code of Conduct and Ethics and/or current legislation. We would like to emphasize that there are irregular conducts that can cause damage to all employees, customers, investors, society as a whole, which is why complaints of this nature are very useful for the preservation of JBS, for the benefit of all who relate to it. The information registered here will be received by an independent and specialized company, ICTS, ensuring absolute secrecy and the proper treatment of each situation. If you wish, your report can also be made by calling 0800 377 8055 (Brazil), 000 401 90861 (Uruguay) or 0800 666 1659 (Argentina), 24 hours a day."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100% in Amazon

          What third-party verification is used?: Independent audit by DNV-GL
          In 2019, DNV-GL, a well-known international auditor company from Norway that also provides social and environmental consultancy and certification, reported that 100% of JBS 2018 cattle purchases in the Amazon region were socially and environmentally compliant. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          If so, what jurisdictions and mechanisms does the company use?: Independent audit

          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: Independent audit

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          Does the company use a certification system?: No

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "In 2013, JBS signed a new TAC with theFederal Public Prosecution Office (MPF) in Acre and Mato Grosso to set standards for the facilities located in the Legal Amazon. Inindependent audits presented by JBS to the Federal Prosecutor's Office, the company obtained excellent results."
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Daily

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification
          In the section on leather in its CDP Forests 2019 report: "Additionally, JBS has made a public social commitment to not purchase cattle from farms responsible for deforestation in the Amazon Biome region. To ensure compliance with this commitment, in 2010 JBS developed a social and environmental monitoring system for farms that supply livestock to JBS. This system work in an integrated way. The first one works on a daily download of public agencies IBAMA and MTE dirty lists and a crosschecking of suppliers taxpayer numbers database against them. The second process analyses cattle farms in the Brazilian Legal Amazon based on geographical information. It performs by daily geo monitoring through the digital overlay of georeferenced maps of cattle supplier properties and deforestation maps published by National Space Research Institute (INPE) combined with official data from National Indigenous Foundation (FUNAI) and National Conservation Units System (SNUC). The suppliers, which aren’t in comply with one or both process, are automatically blocked in the Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP) and no purchasing operations are made."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          In the section on leather in its CDP Forests 2019 report: "Additionally, JBS has made a public social commitment to not purchase cattle from farms responsible for deforestation in the Amazon Biome region. To ensure compliance with this commitment, in 2010 JBS developed a social and environmental monitoring system for farms that supply livestock to JBS. This system work in an integrated way. The first one works on a daily download of public agencies IBAMA and MTE dirty lists and a crosschecking of suppliers taxpayer numbers database against them. The second process analyses cattle farms in the Brazilian Legal Amazon based on geographical information. It performs by daily geo monitoring through the digital overlay of georeferenced maps of cattle supplier properties and deforestation maps published by National Space Research Institute (INPE) combined with official data from National Indigenous Foundation (FUNAI) and National Conservation Units System (SNUC). The suppliers, which aren’t in comply with one or both process, are automatically blocked in the Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP) and no purchasing operations are made."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, excluded
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, excluded
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: Not disclosed

          How many noncompliant producers or suppliers are engaged through improvement plans or other processes, and what percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: Not disclosed
          [Translation] "JBS 'monitoring system in the Amazon biome covers more than 450,000 km² (or 45 million hectares), practically the area of the territory of Germany, and evaluates more than 50,000 potential cattle suppliers every day. In all these years, more than 7,000 cattle supply farms have been blocked by the monitoring system due to non-compliance."
    • Soy
      37/88
      • Commitment Strength
        6/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "In the pork and poultry value chain, Seara Alimentos only purchases soybean meal fromcompanies that have signed up to the Soy Moratorium in the Amazon Biome, to ensureits products provide no support for Amazon deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line; Location
            Only applies to soy purchased directly by Seara subsidiary for manufacturing feed in the pork and poultry value chain (does not apply to soy indirectly used to feed beef sourced by JBS), and focuses on preventing deforestation in the Amazon Biome only: "In the pork and poultry value chain, Seara Alimentos only purchases soybean meal from companies that have signed up to the Soy Moratorium in the Amazon Biome, to ensure its products provide no support for Amazon deforestation."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "In the pork and poultry value chain, Seara Alimentos only purchases soybean meal from companies that have signed up to the Soy Moratorium in the Amazon Biome, to ensure its products provide no support for Amazon deforestation."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          [translation] “Business Partners” means all suppliers, customers or other third parties who work to help JBS in the exercise of their activity. (...) Business Partners must respect the right of workers to form or join a union, as well as collectively negotiating their rights labor. Business Partners must not use labor slave, child or forced and they recognize that everyone is equal before the law and, without distinction, have the right to equal protection from any discrimination or incitement. that violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 5,000

          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          In their 2019 CDP report, in relation to soy: "JBS Biodiesel has been supporting the Selo Combustível Social program for nine years, that was developed by the Brazillian Federal Government aiming to offer a production purchase guarantee to small farmer by biodiesel companies. In this sense, JBS offers support to small producers through a technical team that goes to the field to encourage and instruct them on thea dvantages of joining the program. Since 2007, joining the Social Fuel Stamp program, JBS Biodiesel has already benefited more than 5,000 small grain producers through the acquisition of soybean. JBS offers free assistance to producers through a technical team composed of agronomists, specialized technicians and others."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          As part of its 2019 CDP Water report, JBS lists "Watershed remediation and habitat restoration, ecosystem preservation" as a company goal, to be achieved through" Preservation and conservation of protected areas and springs. The recovery of forests, rivers and soils in strategic areas increases the water flow and the quality of water available for the use of the population, companies and rural producers. The Sustainable Water Management Program in Brazil plans to develop projects beyond the company gates, covering its supply chain in the actions to recover and preserve water resources."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        20/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "The company only purchases soy from suppliers that signed the Soy Moratorium. Thus, 100% of JBS soy suppliers, in Brazil, are in compliance with Soy Moratorium criteria."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.8/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.8/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Automated software screening process

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Automated software screening process
            "The company only purchases soy from suppliers that signed the Soy Moratorium. Thus, 100% of JBS soy suppliers, in Brazil, are incompliance with Soy Moratorium criteria. In 2017, the company restructured its Compliance department. The area now has a Global Director, responsible for the implementation and supervision of initiatives in all regions of JBS. To that end, a new organizational structure was defined with the hiring of more resources to ensure that business practices ensure ethics and good conduct for all, as well as compliance with all internal laws, policies and procedures. One of the pillars of action is Due Diligence. In October 2017, JBS began to improve the practices of third party reputational assessment (Due Diligence). Once performed manually for a few risk segments, the Company hired expert advice on the subject to automate the process as much as possible, with the expectation of increasing the volume of analysis. Currently, the segments mapped with relevant risks are analyzed, including any third party that needs a proxy to act on behalf of JBS. The Due Diligence procedure was integrated into the third-party registration process. Thus, at the time of registration, the third parties listed in risk categories will be automatically evaluated by a software, being released or disapproved if negative reputational aspects are identified."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2006
          "JBS only purchases soy from suppliers that follows the Soy Moratorium, which is a permanent commitment. . In July 2006, the Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oils Industries - ABIOVE and the Brazilian Association of Cereal Exporters - ANEC pledged not to market or finance the soybeans produced in areas that were deforested in the Amazon Biome after that date. The Moratorium responded to the questioning of environmental groups and clients from Brazil abroad that started to promote arrangements to generate new sustainable rules for the cultivation and commercialization of soybeans. The monitoring of the Soy Moratorium produced evidence that the soy have a negligible participation in the deforestation that occurred after July 2006 and that the expansion of the Brazilian soybean is not an important vector of deforestation in the Amazon Biome. JBS reaffirms that despite the reported deadline the company's commitment is continuous."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "Based on the guidelines of the Financial Risks and Commodities Management Policy, as approved by the Board of Directors, this area also supports operational units in identifying and monitoring risks specific to their own activities, supported by specialist staff and specific systems.The matrix below lists the risks JBS has identified by category and severity level, as well as the efforts made to mitigate them [...] Social and environmental risks: Raw material procurement: The risk of purchasing raw materials from suppliers involved in deforestation of old growth, invasion of protected areas– such as indigenous land or environmental conservation units - use of child or forced labor or products that could pose a risk to consumer health."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Business Partners must fully comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations." ; "Codes of Conduct and Ethics guide the practices of employees, suppliers and partners, while the preventive and detective controls implemented ensure uninterrupted monitoring and daily notifications of non-compliances."[...] "JBS uses a due system diligence to carry out the reputational assessment of third parties and thus ensure greater reliability and security in the hiring business partners. Supplier data is automatically cross-checked with various databases and research lists. The process guarantees non-contracting of companies and individuals whose practices are in conflict with ethical values of the organization"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          [translation] "JBS Ethics Line is an exclusive tool for safe and, if desired, anonymous communication of conducts considered unethical and that violate the JBS Code of Conduct and Ethics and/or current legislation. We would like to emphasize that there are irregular conducts that can cause damage to all employees, customers, investors, society as a whole, which is why complaints of this nature are very useful for the preservation of JBS, for the benefit of all who relate to it. The information registered here will be received by an independent and specialized company, ICTS, ensuring absolute secrecy and the proper treatment of each situation. If you wish, your report can also be made by calling 0800 377 8055 (Brazil), 000 401 90861 (Uruguay) or 0800 666 1659 (Argentina), 24 hours a day."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 1,500,000 tons
          In its 2019 CDP report, JBS report that 100% of their soy is compliant with the Soy Moratorium, equating to 1,500,000 tons.
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What is the compliant volume?: 1,500,000 tons
          In its 2019 CDP report, JBS report that 100% of their soy is compliant with the Soy Moratorium, equating to 1,500,000 tons
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: When suppliers are first contracted
          "The company only purchases soy from suppliers that signed the Soy Moratorium. Thus, 100% of JBS soy suppliers, in Brazil, are incompliance with Soy Moratorium criteria. In 2017, the company restructured its Compliance department. The area now has a Global Director, responsible for the implementation and supervision of initiatives in all regions of JBS. To that end, a new organizational structure was defined with the hiring of more resources to ensure that business practices ensure ethics and good conduct for all, as well as compliance with all internal laws, policies and procedures. One of the pillars of action is Due Diligence. In October 2017, JBS began to improve the practices of third party reputational assessment (Due Diligence). Once performed manually for a few risk segments, the Company hired expert advice on the subject to automate the process as much as possible, with the expectation of increasing the volume of analysis. Currently, the segments mapped with relevant risks are analyzed, including any third party that needs a proxy to act on behalf of JBS. The Due Diligence procedure was integrated into the third-party registration process. Thus, at the time of registration, the third parties listed in risk categories will be automatically evaluated by a software, being released or disapproved if negative reputational aspects are identified."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non-compliance with social and environmental criteria

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "The evaluated third parties who present any non-compliance are automatically blocked and undergo a second check procedure by the Compliance area. Thus, in the last year, 9,486 analyzes were performed using the software, including not only the evaluation of the suppliers' history, but also of their respective partners, providing greater reliability in the hiring of business partners."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil *
      13/88
      • Commitment Strength
        3/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/8
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            "The company has a few business units that produce hygiene and cleaning products with Palm Oil imported from Malaysia and Indonesia and its suppliers are part of Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil – RSPO [...] Additionally, in partnership with Espaço ECO Foundation (BASF), JBS completed a life cycle analysis study palm oil-based soaps. The study analysed the environmental, social and economic performance of soap of animal and vegetal origin. As a result, the study allowed JBS to make an inventory of processes,to know the main environmental and social impacts of the productive chain and to identify opportunities for improvement,with a focus on continuous improvement. Palm Oil is also used in the food industry, in the frying process of prefabricated foods and industrialized products. In this case, 100% of Palm Oil is produced in Brazil, following sustainable production certification standards."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "The company has a few business units that produce hygiene and cleaning products with Palm Oil imported from Malaysia and Indonesia and its suppliers are part of Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil – RSPO [...] Additionally, in partnership with Espaço ECO Foundation (BASF), JBS completed a life cycle analysis study palm oil-based soaps. The study analysed the environmental, social and economic performance of soap of animal and vegetal origin. As a result, the study allowed JBS to make an inventory of processes,to know the main environmental and social impacts of the productive chain and to identify opportunities for improvement,with a focus on continuous improvement. Palm Oil is also used in the food industry, in the frying process of prefabricated foods and industrialized products. In this case, 100% of Palm Oil is produced in Brazil, following sustainable production certification standards."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "The company has a few business units that produce hygiene and cleaning products with Palm Oil imported from Malaysia and Indonesia and its suppliers are part of Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil – RSPO [...] Additionally, in partnership with Espaço ECO Foundation (BASF), JBS completed a life cycle analysis study palm oil-based soaps. The study analysed the environmental, social and economic performance of soap of animal and vegetal origin. As a result, the study allowed JBS to make an inventory of processes,to know the main environmental and social impacts of the productive chain and to identify opportunities for improvement,with a focus on continuous improvement. Palm Oil is also used in the food industry, in the frying process of prefabricated foods and industrialized products. In this case, 100% of Palm Oil is produced in Brazil, following sustainable production certification standards."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          0/5
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          [translation] “Business Partners” means all suppliers, customers or other third parties who work to help JBS in the exercise of their activity. (...) Business Partners must respect the right of workers to form or join a union, as well as collectively negotiating their rights labor. Business Partners must not use labor slave, child or forced and they recognize that everyone is equal before the law and, without distinction, have the right to equal protection from any discrimination or incitement. that violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Environmental harm
          As part of its 2019 CDP Water report, JBS lists "Watershed remediation and habitat restoration, ecosystem preservation" as a company goal, to be achieved through" Preservation and conservation of protected areas and springs. The recovery of forests, rivers and soils in strategic areas increases the water flow and the quality of water available for the use of the population, companies and rural producers. The Sustainable Water Management Program in Brazil plans to develop projects beyond the company gates, covering its supply chain in the actions to recover and preserve water resources."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Business Partners must fully comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations." ; "Codes of Conduct and Ethics guide the practices of employees, suppliers and partners, while the preventive and detective controls implemented ensure uninterrupted monitoring and daily notifications of non-compliances."[...] "JBS uses a due system diligence to carry out the reputational assessment of third parties and thus ensure greater reliability and security in the hiring business partners. Supplier data is automatically cross-checked with various databases and research lists. The process guarantees non-contracting of companies and individuals whose practices are in conflict with ethical values of the organization"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          [translation] "JBS Ethics Line is an exclusive tool for safe and, if desired, anonymous communication of conducts considered unethical and that violate the JBS Code of Conduct and Ethics and/or current legislation. We would like to emphasize that there are irregular conducts that can cause damage to all employees, customers, investors, society as a whole, which is why complaints of this nature are very useful for the preservation of JBS, for the benefit of all who relate to it. The information registered here will be received by an independent and specialized company, ICTS, ensuring absolute secrecy and the proper treatment of each situation. If you wish, your report can also be made by calling 0800 377 8055 (Brazil), 000 401 90861 (Uruguay) or 0800 666 1659 (Argentina), 24 hours a day."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper *
      33/88
      • Commitment Strength
        9/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          4/8
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "JBS is one of the largest consumers of paper/cardboard in Brazil, as it uses the material to produce the packaging for its products. 100% of the paper/cardboard acquired has FSC certification, which is part of the selection criteria for suppliers of this material [...] JBS purchase cardboard (used in packaging) and paper in general (office use) only from certified suppliers by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) in the form Chain of Custody."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "JBS is one of the largest consumers of paper/cardboard in Brazil, as it uses the material to produce the packaging for its products. 100% of the paper/cardboard acquired has FSC certification, which is part of the selection criteria for suppliers of this material [...] JBS purchase cardboard (used in packaging) and paper in general (office use) only from certified suppliers by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) in the form Chain of Custody."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "JBS is one of the largest consumers of paper/cardboard in Brazil, as it uses the material to produce the packaging for its products. 100% of the paper/cardboard acquired has FSC certification, which is part of the selection criteria for suppliers of this material [...] JBS purchase cardboard (used in packaging) and paper in general (office use) only from certified suppliers by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) in the form Chain of Custody."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "JBS is one of the largest consumers of paper/cardboard in Brazil, as it uses the material to produce the packaging for its products. 100% of the paper/cardboard acquired has FSC certification, which is part of the selection criteria for suppliers of this material [...] JBS purchase cardboard (used in packaging) and paper in general (office use) only from certified suppliers by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) in the form Chain of Custody."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Reduction of material inputs
            "All JBS operations invest in research and development to find ways to reduce and optimize the use of packaging, especially those that do not have direct contact with food, reducing the amount of waste and costs. In Brazil, for example, there are annual targets for reducing packaging losses. Opportunities are identified in different ways, from daily actions against waste to the development of new technologies."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "All JBS operations invest in research and development to find ways to reduce and optimize the use of packaging, especially those that do not have direct contact with food, reducing the amount of waste and costs. In Brazil, for example, there are annual targets for reducing packaging losses. Opportunities are identified in different ways, from daily actions against waste to the development of new technologies."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          [translation] “Business Partners” means all suppliers, customers or other third parties who work to help JBS in the exercise of their activity. (...) Business Partners must respect the right of workers to form or join a union, as well as collectively negotiating their rights labor. Business Partners must not use labor slave, child or forced and they recognize that everyone is equal before the law and, without distinction, have the right to equal protection from any discrimination or incitement. that violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          As part of its 2019 CDP Water report, JBS lists "Watershed remediation and habitat restoration, ecosystem preservation" as a company goal, to be achieved through "Preservation and conservation of protected areas and springs. The recovery of forests, rivers and soils in strategic areas increases the water flow and the quality of water available for the use of the population, companies and rural producers. The Sustainable Water Management Program in Brazil plans to develop projects beyond the company gates, covering its supply chain in the actions to recover and preserve water resources."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        19/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            100% of total production/ consumption covered by commitment was reported in the 2019 Forests CDP report.
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC
            "JBS is one of the largest consumers of paper/cardboard in Brazil, as it uses the material to produce the packaging for its products. 100% of the paper/cardboard acquired has FSC certification, which is part of the selection criteria for suppliers of this material [...] JBS purchase cardboard (used in packaging) and paper in general (office use) only from certified suppliers by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) in the form Chain of Custody."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Partnership with Instituto Centro de Vida

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "JBS established a partnership with theBrazilian NGO Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV) on the New Field Program (Programa Novo Campo).The program promotes moresustainable production techniques at husbandry farms in the Amazon region to enhance productivity. It fosters the diversification ofincome sources through cultures rotation, pasture reform and practicing of integrated agriculture, livestock and forestry. TheProgram contributes positively to the main issue in the Amazon region, as it indirectly reduces the need for more deforestation.With this production model adoption, there is the possibility to purchase wood derivatives from more sustainable producers."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "Based on the guidelines of the Financial Risks and Commodities ManagementPolicy, as approved by the Board of Directors, this area also supports operationalunits in identifying and monitoring risks specific to their own activities, supported by specialist staff and specific systems.The matrix below lists the risks JBS has identified by category and severity level,as well as the efforts made to mitigate them [...] Social and environmental risks: Raw material procurement: The risk of purchasing raw materials from suppliers involvedin deforestation of old growth, invasion of protected areas– such as indigenous land or environmental conservationunits - use of child or forced labor or products that couldpose a risk to consumer health."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Business Partners must fully comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations." ; "Codes of Conduct and Ethics guide the practices of employees, suppliers and partners, while the preventive and detective controls implemented ensure uninterrupted monitoring and daily notifications of non-compliances."[...] "JBS uses a due system diligence to carry out the reputational assessment of third parties and thus ensure greater reliability and security in the hiring business partners. Supplier data is automatically cross-checked with various databases and research lists. The process guarantees non-contracting of companies and individuals whose practices are in conflict with ethical values of the organization"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          [translation] "JBS Ethics Line is an exclusive tool for safe and, if desired, anonymous communication of conducts considered unethical and that violate the JBS Code of Conduct and Ethics and/or current legislation. We would like to emphasize that there are irregular conducts that can cause damage to all employees, customers, investors, society as a whole, which is why complaints of this nature are very useful for the preservation of JBS, for the benefit of all who relate to it. The information registered here will be received by an independent and specialized company, ICTS, ensuring absolute secrecy and the proper treatment of each situation. If you wish, your report can also be made by calling 0800 377 8055 (Brazil), 000 401 90861 (Uruguay) or 0800 666 1659 (Argentina), 24 hours a day."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 180 tons
          In their 2019 CDP Forests report, JBS indicate that they used 180 tons of FSC-certified packaging in 2018, which represents 100% of their total use. "JBS purchase cardboard (used in packaging) and paper in general (office use) only from certified suppliers by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) in the form Chain of Custody."
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          What third-party verification is used?: FSC

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What is the certified volume?: 180 tons

          What is the compliant volume?: 180 tons
          In their 2019 CDP Forests report, JBS indicate that they used 180 tons of FSC-certified packaging in 2018, which represents 100% of their total use. "JBS purchase cardboard (used in packaging) and paper in general (office use) only from certified suppliers by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) in the form Chain of Custody."
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    8/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    18/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    8/18
    Avg. score

Profile

JBS is one of the world’s largest food companies and exporters of beef from Brazil. Across its meatpacking business it operates over 200 production facilities worldwide, with the capacity to process many tens of thousands of cattle per day. In addition to beef, JBS is exposed to soy, through its use of animal feed in cattle feedlots, poultry and swine farms. The company is also a significant player in the global leather industry, with over twenty tanneries in Brazil alone. JBS is selected as a powerbroker for soy, beef, leather and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Agriculture, Packaged food
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Brazil
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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