JBS USA released its 2018 Sustainability Report and said it achieved a nearly 18 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emission intensity since 2015. The company also approved more than $451 million in investments for sustainability-related projects in 2018 and gave an update on progress toward 2020 targets.

The interactive, digital report details JBS USA’s accomplishments, case studies and next steps in areas including: team members, customers and consumers, environment, animal care, communities and suppliers.

It is the company’s most comprehensive view to date of sustainability progress in its operations in Australia, Canada, England, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, New Zealand and the United States, JBS said.

Achievements in 2018 include:

  • Providing more than 115,000 training hours through the People First training program for frontline supervisors.
  • Achieving a 4 percent reduction in electricity use intensity and a 3 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emission intensity from the year before.
  • All production facilities participating in third-party animal handling audits, and a 95percent to 100 percent score was achieved on external animal welfare audits.
  • Partnering with more than 25,600 livestock and poultry family farmers and ranchers, providing payments of more than $18 billion in 2017-2018.

Progress toward 2020 sustainability goals include:

  • 16 percent reduction in severe incidents year over year, exceeding the goal of 10%.
  • 10.9 percent reduction in electricity use intensity, compared to the goal of 12%.
  • 17.7 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emission intensity, compared to the goal of 20%.
  • 11.9 percent reduction in natural gas use intensity, compared to the goal of 20%.

The company said it is also on track to achieve a 90 percent or better score on the JBS USA Animal Health and Welfare Scorecard and 100 percent vendor compliance with its Supplier Code of Business Ethics and Conduct.

The 2018 JBS USA Sustainability Report is available online here.