USA – JBS USA,a leading processor of beef, pork and lamb in the U.S, has laid down its 2020 Sustainability goals, targeting to reduce its greenhouse gas emmissions by 20%, reducing water use by 10%, natural gas use by 20%, electricity use by 12%.

Releasing its 2017 sustainability report, the company said it was on the right track having reduced water use by 6.2%, natural gas by 6.3%, electricity by 5.2% and greenhouse gas emissions by 7.6%.

Sustainability at JBS is based on three traditional pillars of social responsibility, economic viability and environmental stewardship.

The company says that in 2016, it defined and benchmarked approximately 30 key performance indicators across more than 60 facilities, in the areas of water, animal welfare, team member health and safety, product integrity, and energy and climate change.

In addition, the company seeks to achieve a 90% or more on animal health and welfare scorecard and have 100% of its manufacturing suppliers in compliance with Supplier Code of Business Ethics and Conduct.

It highlighted a US$39 million investment in health and safety-related capital expenditure projects in the US, Puerto Rican and Canadian facilities and another US$12.5 million investment in Colorado State University to establish the JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Fort Collins.

“For more than a decade, JBS USA has handcrafted the heart of the family meal and provided opportunities for our team members, customers and shareholders to sustainably thrive and grow.

The JBS USA team is honoured to have the opportunity to place great-tasting, sustainable food at the centre of the plate for millions of families around the world each and every day,” said Andre Nogueira, president and CEO of JBS USA.

He added that their commitment to 2020 sustainability goals by providing customers with a diverse portfolio of brands that meet demand while ensuring sustainable development in the community.