Seara´s environmental commitment is to have the “efficient usage of natural resources”.
Sustainability means running our operations based on responsible use of natural resources, food safety, animal welfare, respect for internal guidelines and building stronger partnerships. Adoption of best governance and social and environmental management practices has helped us develop successful initiatives that generate value for our products and our shareholders.
JBS adopts sustainability actions and strategies – which are applied throughout the value chain – to drive development of high quality products and services and create value for our target markets by reducing environmental impacts and promoting local development. The JBS Sustainability Department coordinates these efforts and can act independently to identify the most relevant issues for the success of our businesses and define strategies and target activities based on the challenges and opportunities in each of the company’s markets. These activities are supervised by the Sustainability Committee.
As a global leader in animal protein and one of the world’s largest food companies, JBS believes that it is important to implement Animal Welfare practices throughout its supply chain in order to support business sustainability. Our focus on Animal Welfare means all of the company’s routine operations include issue-related procedures, performance indicators, targets, audits and training. Seara also counts on a specific checklist that quality assurance teams at industrial units use to evaluate Animal Welfare indicators on a quarterly basis, complying with issue-related ethical, legal and technical principles. The checklist was based on current legislation, recommendations from the WAP – World Animal Protection NGO and customer requirements and certifications. This routine includes developing action plans to address any issues that arise.
Indicators such as transportation density and appropriate unloading conditions, ambience and waiting conditions, stunning efficiency, fasting times, bleeding efficiency, slips/falls and transportation mortality records (with root cause studies when required) are all included on the checklist.
Throughout the company’s history, we have created, tested and been recognized for our various campaigns and regulations. From the beginning of each process through to product delivery, all our products are rigorously controlled to maintain satisfactory and exemplary sustainability levels.
JBS has an annual investment plan for environmental improvements focused on wastewater treatment, the management of solid waste, atmospheric emissions and greenhouse gases (GHG) and the management of water use. This plan is drafted based on a comprehensive environmental assessment performed by the company to identify opportunities to improve the environmental indicators of the processing units in Brazil.
The Investment Plan has been updated on an annual basis, since 2011, and has many completed projects. Last year, more than USD 20 milion were invested in environment.
The Company’s compliance with these principles in its day-to-day activities is guided by the Environmental Policy, which provides the standards and best practices to be adopted, as well as the environmental monitoring and control points to be implemented to ensure uniformity in actions and routines across all production plants.