2018 Key Facts & Figures




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The nature of our business demands a diverse supplier base that ranges from small family farm partners who raise our chickens to large multinational companies that manufacture and provide materials and services such as packaging, food safety interventions, information technology (IT) and recycling. We work in partnership with more than 16,500 suppliers to ensure the highest-quality inputs.

Our suppliers are part of Pilgrim’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 or the service they provide. Directly affecting these impacts is often outside of our immediate control; however, we strive to partner with suppliers who share our values to achieve a more sustainable food supply.

Pilgrim’s plays a critical role in agricultural communities, creating opportunities for rural family farmers and ranchers who depend on our business to transform their livestock and poultry into products that consumers trust and enjoy. We partner with independent family farmers who raise the chickens, beef and pork that we depend on for our businesses to thrive.

In 2017, we finalized our Supplier Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, which outlines our expectations of our vendors, and established a 2020 target for all of our partners to be in compliance with this Code.


Supply Chain

100% of our vendors comply with our Supplier Code of Business Ethics and Conduct. We are on track to achieving this goal.

Our Commitment

We are committed to continuing to improve the sustainability of our business, our products and our supply chain. We understand that our responsibility does not just span the production under our direct control and that we must collaborate with our supplier partners to improve the overall sustainability of our supply chain.

Our Approach

Our approach to managing impacts within our supply chain includes constant and consistent collaboration with our suppliers. While all of our suppliers are contractually required to follow state laws and regulations, we also strive to establish long-term relationships built on trust that contribute to continued progress both in our sourcing programs and sustainability goals.

2018 Progress

As part of our efforts to minimize impacts in the supply chain, we have developed a Supplier Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, which ensures that our vendors meet or exceed our high standards when conducting business with Pilgrim’s. 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.

We also believe in working across the entire value chain in partnership with farmers to advance sustainability. As such, we are a founding member U.S. Roundtable for Sustainability Poultry and Egg (USRSPE) and members of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI Platform). These multi-stakeholder initiatives, which include producers, processors, retailers, NGOs and others, work to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in the sustainability of the U.S. and European animal agriculture industry. The USRSPE and SAI Platform achieve this through leadership, innovation and multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration and aim for their animal agriculture value chains to be the trusted leaders in environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable product. Our active involvement in these organizations demonstrates our commitment to partnering with the value chain to advance sustainability.

“The Supplier Code of Conduct allows Pilgrim’s to ensure our vendors are following applicable laws and implementing best practices. The code benefits Pilgrim’s, our vendors, the industry and our community as a whole.”

Kim Pryor
Pilgrim’s Corporate Legal Counsel

Our 2018 Stories

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

Burns Family Farm

Pilgrim’s USA

In 2010, Jamey Burns and his wife Julie began their family farm. With the assistance of an excel spreadsheet and admirable attention to detail, they successfully planned each detail of their future poultry farm raising chickens for Pilgrim’s in Carroll County, GA. Two retired military veterans with more than 40 years of combined service –…

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Ingredient and Packaging Suppliers Workshop

Pilgrim’s Mexico

In 2018, the Pilgrim’s Mexico team hosted a workshop with their ingredient and packaging suppliers to discuss various opportunities and strengthen relationships.

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Triple G Farm

Pilgrim’s USA

Clark and Janice Garner are family farm partners to our Carrollton, GA, Complex. Garner has been a poultry farm owner for two years and has built four state-of-the-art 66′ x 600′ foot chicken houses, where he grows 60,000 chickens per house and produces six to seven flocks annually. The young couple lives in a house…

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Supplier Code of Conduct


Pilgrim’s is committed to conducting business ethically, with integrity and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, as well as various international standards including OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Core Conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the 10 Principles of the United Nations…

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