Global meat producer JBS reveals 2040 net zero goals
JBS USA, a leading global food company and the majority shareholder of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, has released its 2020 Sustainability Report: Celebrate Your Foodprint.
The report details the company’s sustainability actions across its operations, across North America, the UK, Continental Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
From net zero to sustainable supply chains, JBS has firm sustainability targets
JBS was the first global meat and poultry company, to set a goal for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, by 2040. The company has additional global sustainability targets:
- Reach 60% renewable electricity by 2030
- Reduce water use intensity by 15% by 2030
- Invest $1b in emission reduction projects
- Invest $100m by 2030 in R&D projects to assist producer efforts to strengthen and scale regenerative farming practices
- Develop animal welfare
- Eliminate illegal deforestation from Brazilian cattle supply chain
- Advance traceability to assure deforestation-free supply chains
Whole JBS value chain needs to move forward with net zero
The JBS USA 2020 Sustainability Report details recent progress and the journey to net zero. Food companies are feeling the responsibility to be better for their customers and for the environment. But it will take the entire value chain to make an impactful
“Our sustainability promise is stronger than ever, as we deliver on our goals and continue to raise the bar for more sustainable food production,” said Andre Nogueira, JBS USA CEO. “We have established a new vision for our company that will guide our path forward in support of our net zero by 2040 commitment, announced in March. We’re focused on providing delicious food that’s good for people and the planet. None of our accomplishments would be possible without our team members, farmer and rancher partners, customers and shareholders who are so vital to our success.”
Jacobs amplifies sustainability practices with PlanBeyond 2
Civil engineering group, Jacobs, is reinforcing environmental, social and governance (ESG) alignment across the business, through the implementation of a new global approach, PlanBeyondSM 2.0. This will propel the integration of sustainability throughout operations and client solutions.
Jacobs provides consulting and project delivery, for both the government and the private sector. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and has a revenue of US$13bn.
With the launch of PlanBeyond 2.0, sustainability will be even more deeply integrated into Jacobs' global workforce. PlanBeyond 2.0 continues Jacobs' commitment to embed sustainability across all solutions — with accelerated investment in ESG growth sectors including energy transition, sectoral decarbonisation, environmental stewardship, health and social value.
Jacobs aims to hit its sustainability targets
In 2015, the United Nations set up the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, targets agreed to by all United Nations Member States to end poverty, support the environment and create social wellbeing.
Jacobs believes that all 17 of the goals are interconnected. Through stakeholder engagement and assessment, Jacobs has identified six core SDGs, which have been turned into business objectives:
- To advance the health and wellbeing of society
- Deliver solutions for the global water and sanitation crisis
- Foster a culture of technology and innovation
- Create a fair and inclusive future for all
- Develop efficient solutions that deliver net environmental and societal gain
- Address the climate emergency
Jacobs’ employees will expand their understanding of sustainability
Additionally, Jacobs will educate and empower its employees across the company by increasing their knowledge of sustainability, so that all client solutions across its global markets can be designed to contribute toward a resilient future. Employees will:
- Have access to training courses
- Be offered project tools to reinforce sustainability plans and targets
- Be introduced to climate risk and resilience practices
"As a purpose-led company, we recognise that our biggest opportunity to positively address climate change and societal inequalities comes from the solutions we provide our clients — from the world's largest infrastructure projects to mission-critical outcomes and sustainable design", said Steve Demetriou, Jacobs Chair and CEO. "We consider it not only good business, but our obligation to channel our expansive capabilities in resilient infrastructure, regenerative design, clean water, green energy and social value toward benefitting people and the planet, while continuing to outperform and drive superior stakeholder value."
Sustainability at Jacobs means ‘Pursuing long-term business resilience and success while positively contributing toward the economy, society and the environment’ - this can’t be done without the Jacobs team understanding why sustainability is so important and achievable.