Because we rely on natural resources to produce our products, environmental stewardship is a part of who we are. We promote a model of continuous improvement and recognize that environmental protection and resource conservation provide value and security to current and future generations. Our management approach is focused on improving operational efficiency, encouraging innovation and being compliant with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.
Our internally audited Environmental Management System (EMS) is based on the specifications of ISO 14001, yet tailored to enable our businesses to most effectively achieve our goals of protecting the environment. Additionally, Pilgrim’s Tulip is working toward ISO 14001 certification, and Pilgrim’s Moy Park is working toward both ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 certifications.
Our environmental management structures encourage accountability and promote ownership within our environmental and operations teams. Almost every JBS USA facility has a full-time environmental manager or officer who oversees the environmental requirements and performance of the facility. This manager or officer then reports to the facility-specific general manager. In addition, corporate environmental teams oversee the environmental performance of multiple facilities and provide individual facility support by sharing best management practices and offering assistance to address specific issues, should they arise.
Corporate environmental teams generally report to the head of engineering for each business unit, who reports to the head of operations, who reports directly to the president of the business unit. This differs for JBS USA Live Pork business unit as its corporate environmental managers report to the vice president of environment, who reports to the president of the business unit. For Pilgrim’s Moy Park, the corporate environmental teams report to the head of sustainability and risk management, who reports to the president of the business unit. In Australia, the group environmental manager reports to the head of corporate and regulatory.