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Environment - New anti-deforestation report highlights JBS as a success story
05 January 2017

Deforstation in Amazon

Brazilian packer and tanning group JBS features in a new publication from London-based environmental organisation CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), reports international web site Leatherbiz.

CDP runs a “global disclosure system” that enables companies and governments to measure and manage their environmental impacts. It gathers data about climate change, impacts on water resources and forests from more than 5,000 companies per year.

JBS was one of the companies selected to contribute to a new publication called Global Forests Report 2016. The document presents JBS’s strategy on combating deforestation in its production chain and describes the company’s efforts to improve livestock breeding sustainability in Amazon regions and to ensure suppliers comply with social and environmental regulations.

In 2012, JBS stood up to unfair criticism from campaign group Greenpeace over the issue of cattle farming on illegally deforested land. Since then, the JBS group has worked hard on improving traceability. It has a ‘responsible sourcing’ strategy, which has the main objective of making sure the cattle it buys for its meat packing plants are from sustainable sources. This involves careful monitoring of data compiled and made public by Brazil’s ministry of the environment to make sure any farmers involved in illegal deforestation or social conflict supply no cattle to JBS.

The ministry has a list that puts flags against farms that fail to comply and the JBS purchasing system captures the data every day. Any supplier who appears on the list is automatically banned. A JBS purchasing team would not be able to source cattle from these suppliers even if it wanted to because the group’s internal systems will not let them.