Suppliers | JBS USA | Sustainability Report

2021 Key Facts and Figures


service providers and vendors


livestock and poultry producer partners


paid to livestock and poultry producer partners

Aligning to the SDGs

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 74,000 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.


Supply Chain

Approved 9 collaborative projects totaling $1.5MM in investments with leading universities, multi-stakeholder associations and producer partners to further our scope 3 reduction strategy and net-zero efforts throughout our value chain, focusing funding on initiatives related to land use, enteric methane, manure, animal health, packaging, logistics and waste

Our Commitment

We are committed to continually improving the sustainability of our business, our products and our supply chain. We understand that our responsibility spans beyond production under our direct control and that we must collaborate with our supplier partners to improve the overall sustainability of our supply chain.

Our Management Approach

Procurement for JBS USA, excluding livestock, is centralized through our corporate offices. The Head of Procurement leads several teams that are each responsible for certain products or services related to Packaging, Ingredients, Employee and Corporate Services, Energy, Facilities Services, Capital Expenditure and Equipment, and Maintenance, Repair and Operations. This structure allows us to maximize our supplier partnerships across the business and ensure consistency and uniformity.

Our approach to managing impacts within our supply chain includes consistent collaboration with our suppliers. All suppliers are obligated to follow applicable laws and regulations. We also establish long-term relationships built on trust and shared values that contribute to continued progress both in our sourcing programs and sustainability goals.

Our Supplier Standards

In North America, all suppliers providing products or services that have direct contact with food are required to be certified to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), or an equivalent certification and provide a letter of guarantee, or be assessed and approved by our Supplier Quality Team. Supplier Quality Team approval requirements for our raw material and food contact materials suppliers are based on a risk assessment that may include certification to a GFSI recognized scheme and / or an audit performed by a quality food safety auditor, and / or a completed JBS supplier questionnaire that confirms product safety, traceability and good manufacturing practices are in place. We defer to organizations like GFSI and BRC to evaluate the effectiveness of audits, collect feedback and make related adjustments. The letter of guarantee certifies that the food products are safely produced and are of consistent quality. We also require these suppliers to undergo an additional audit to confirm they’ve met these requirements.

We evaluate all potential suppliers based on several criteria, including compliance, commercial offering, supply flexibility and responsiveness, service, risk management, quality, price, reliability, financial capability, reputation and experience. We recognize that sourcing products, ingredients and services from within our communities helps further support local economies.

Within our own North American facilities, JBS USA utilizes ISNetworld (ISN), a contractor safety management database where contractors can manage company and individual level safety information within their ISN membership. ISN helps us objectively manage contractor safety prequalification requirements by working with contractors to gather, evaluate and verify safety information based on JBS USA criteria.

2021 Progress

We are proud to partner with suppliers to ensure the quality, consistency and safety of our products. In the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, we have approximately 9,186 service providers and vendors with the average partnership spanning nine years. In Mexico, we work with over 2,000 service providers and vendors and our average partnership length is approximately seven years. In Europe, we partnered with more than 5,000 service providers and vendors for an average of more than seven years. In Australia, we have approximately 7,994 service providers and vendors.

In 2021, our U.S., Puerto Rican and Canadian teams purchased products and services worth more than $376 million from minority-owned businesses.

Percent Purchasing Volume Spent on Contracts with
Minority-Owned Businesses*

*Includes all U.S., Puerto Rican and Canadian facilities

Our 2021 Stories

Learn more about how our vendors, family farms and ranches are helping us achieve our supply chain goals.

Responsible Marketing Policy

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Supplier Code of Conduct


JBS is committed to conducting business ethically, with integrity and in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and rules. JBS expects Vendors to demonstrate the same commitment to ethical business conduct and integrity by complying with all applicable laws, regulations and rules.  Additionally, all Vendors must agree to abide by this Vendor Code of Conduct…

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Long-Time Cattle Partner Carl Stevenson


On Feb. 4, 2020, the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame honored longtime JBS USA cattle supplier Carl Stevenson for having made a lasting contribution to the cattle feeding industry. Born and raised in California, Carl Glenn Stevenson graduated from UC Davis in 1940 with a degree in animal husbandry. The next year, he was drafted…

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Pilgrim’s UK’s Richard Mellor Awarded ‘Pig Farmer of the Year’

Pilgrim's UK

Richard Mellor, a BQP pig farmer, has been awarded “Pig Farmer of the Year 2021” during the Farmers Weekly Awards, which recognizes hard-working and innovative farmers across the U.K. BQP, a Pilgrim’s UK subsidiary and the UK’s leading pig farming operation, represented two out of three finalists, also including Ryan Dyer of Hall Farm, Norfolk. Pig…

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