I am pleased to share the JBS USA 2020 Sustainability Report that reflects our progress over the last fiscal year. Through this incredibly challenging year, we have stayed true to our mission to be the best in all that we do, which is brought to life every day through the commitment of our global team members.
As we faced the COVID-19 pandemic, JBS USA remained dedicated to our team members, farmer and rancher partners, and our customers. We have consistently focused on upholding strict safety standards to protect our workforce and the entire supply chain.
The past year has proven our role as a food company to be more important than ever, and we have responded quickly and efficiently to address evolving needs. Team member health and safety has remained our top priority, guiding all our actions and decisions, and resulting in more than $600 million in costs and investments to protect our people.
I am proud of our supply chain partners who helped us keep high-quality protein in stores, and the rapid action we took to adapt in the early days of the pandemic. We also launched the Hometown Strong initiative to support our communities as they recover from the pandemic. We take great pride in our role as a good neighbor and global citizen, emphasizing community support and sustainability in everything we do.
Closing out 2020 also marks the end of our sustainability goals that were set in 2017. Thanks to our team members, we have achieved many of the ambitious safety and environmental goals we set out to complete.
Building on the progress we have made toward sustainable operations, we are taking the next step by committing to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the year 2040. This process will include our diverse partners—producers, suppliers and customers—in our efforts to reduce emissions across the entire value chain. As the first major global company in our sector to set such a goal, this commitment will propel us forward and set an example for the food industry.
Thank you for being on this journey with us as we strive to deliver the best food products to our customers, better futures for our team members, and protect the planet’s resources for future generations.
JBS USA CEO