The nature of our business demands we work with a diverse set of suppliers that range from small family farm and ranch partners who supply us with livestock and poultry to large, multinational companies that manufacture and provide materials and services for our production facilities. We work in partnership with over 77,000 suppliers to ensure the highest-quality inputs.
Our vendors are part of JBS USA’s supply chain and contribute to our overall sustainability. Impacts related to the environmental and social pillars of sustainability differ for each of our unique suppliers based on the material they manufacture, the species of livestock or poultry they raise, and the service they provide. Our ability to directly affect these impacts is often outside of our immediate control; however, we strive to partner with suppliers who share our values and mission to achieve a more sustainable food supply.
As part of our efforts to minimize impacts in the supply chain, we developed a Supplier Code of Conduct. It ensures that suppliers meet or exceed our high standards when conducting business with JBS USA. The code covers human rights, forced labor, freedom of association and collective bargaining, minimum age for employment, equal employment opportunity, employment practices, health and safety, environmental issues and business integrity, which includes anti-corruption and bribery. Our 2020 goal was set for our U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico facilities and we have reminded all of our contracted suppliers of our code of conduct and reiterated the importance of compliance.