Issues Important to Our Future

Product Integrity
Team Member Health and Safety
Animal Welfare
Energy and Climate Change

Our Approach

At Pilgrim’s, our view of sustainability is guided by our vision to become the best and most respected company in our industry, creating the opportunity of a better future for our team members. We believe sustainability involves improving short- and long-term profitability by managing economic, social and environmental factors.

In 2015, we performed an exhaustive corporate materiality analysis (CMA) that identified the material issues in our various supply chains. This analysis, while inclusive of Pilgrim’s internal perception of the company’s sustainability performance, relied heavily on the views and perceptions of outside stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, community organizations, key customers, suppliers, financial institutions, government officials, academia, industry trade associations and other industry stakeholders.

To fully integrate our key priority areas as identified by our CMA and ensure we remain focused on continuous improvement, in 2016, we set aggressive 2020 improvement targets based on 2015 benchmarks.

Given the scale and diversity of our operations and the unique supply chain challenges faced by each of our business units, Pilgrim’s initial approach to setting 2020 goals has been regionally focused. We are currently aligning our approach to sustainability across our Mexican and European operations. In 2018, we achieved great progress toward this goal with the establishment of priority areas and key performance indicators (KPIs). We are currently working to benchmark these KPIs and establish target reduction goals to ensure continuous improvement across our global operations.

Corporate Materiality Analysis

Environmental Issues

  • A Biodiversity
  • B Emission to air
  • C Emission to water
  • D Energy use
  • E Land management
  • F Waste
  • G Water use

Social Issues

  • A Animal health & welfare
  • B Human rights
  • C Impact on community
  • D Labor rights
  • E Team member health & safety

Product Responsibility Issues

  • A Consumer health & safety
  • B Consumer information & education
  • C Technology in agriculture
  • D Value-chain transparency (traceability)

Economic Issues

  • A Business ethics/business integrity
  • B Community investment
  • C Company transparency
  • D Compliance with law
  • E Local sourcing

Our Management Approach

Our sustainability program is managed by regional directors of sustainability who report to the presidents of Pilgrim’s U.S., Pilgrim’s Mexico and Pilgrim’s Moy Park. These regional leads partner with subject matter experts on our corporate Environmental, Team Member Health and Safety, Animal Welfare and Food Safety and Quality Assurance teams, who, in turn, are responsible for implementing and improving our sustainability performance on the ground. Our Pilgrim’s sustainability program is also supported by our Corporate JBS USA Sustainability Department, which includes our head of corporate affairs and chief sustainability officer (CSO), our director of sustainability and our sustainability manager. The Corporate Sustainability Department enjoys direct oversight from the CEO of JBS USA, and the head of corporate affairs and our CSO is a member of the JBS USA executive team. The Pilgrim’s sustainability program follows the same approach as our parent company, JBS USA, and is aligned in approach.

Jessica Langley

Sustainability Director, Pilgrim's USA

Leon Felipe Moya Daumas

Institutional Affairs Manager, Pilgrim's Mexico

Declan Cunningham

Head of Sustainability and Risk Management, Pilgrim's Moy Park

Capital Expenditures

Investing in our facilities and operations is a key component of our companywide sustainability strategy. To ensure we are continuously creating measurable change and driving responsible improvement, we track our U.S. and Puerto Rican capital expenditure investments in sustainable initiatives throughout the company. This year, Pilgrim’s approved more than $255 million, 99 percent of our total capital expenditures, in more than 413 sustainability-related projects in the U.S. alone.

2018 Investments

>$255 million

approved for investments in sustainability-related projects


sustainability-related projects


of total CAPEX approved was for sustainability-related projects

Collaboration for a Better Future

Pilgrim’s recognizes that, to achieve meaningful progress in sustainability, we must partner with customers, stakeholders and organizations that share our values and commitment to a sustainable future. The broad-based, industrywide issues facing North American and European agriculture today require full value chain collaboration to identify sustainable approaches that benefit the industry and society. As such, we are active members of many industry-based associations and efforts focused on improving the industry’s performance and meeting the challenges of tomorrow. Some of our industry association partners include:

  • American Association of Avian Pathologists
  • American College of Poultry Veterinarians 
  • American Fats and Oils Association
  • American Feed Industry Association
  • American Meat Science Association
  • American Society of Animal Science
  • American Veterinarian Medical Association 
  • Association of National Advertisers
  • British Frozen Food Federation
  • British Poultry Council
  • Bord Bia
  • Campden BRI Food and Drink Initiative
  • Chilled Food Association
  • European Federation for Beef and Pork Meat
  • Fats and Protein Research Foundation
  • Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance
  • French Meat Federation
  • French Meat Interprofessional Federation
  • French Poultry Federation
  • Georgia Veterinarian Medical Association 
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • Institute of Livestock or INRA (French National Institute of Agricultural Research)
  • International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture
  • International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration
  • International Meat Trade Association
  • Northern Ireland Food Chain Certification
  • National Chicken Council
  • National Oilseed Processor Association
  • National Renderers Association
  • North American Meat Institute
  • Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association
  • Northern Ireland Poultry Federation
  • Organic Farmers and Growers
  • Pet Food Alliance
  • Poultry Science Association
  • Red Tractor
  • Refrigerating Engineer and Technician Association
  • Research Chefs Association
  • Southern Poultry Science Association
  • Southwest Meat Association
  • Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform
  • Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement
  • U.S. Meat Export Federation
  • U.S. Poultry and Egg Association
  • U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council

Pilgrim’s holds leadership roles in a number of multi-stakeholder partnerships dedicated to responsibly addressing sustainability to advance continuous improvement through the supply chain. Pilgrim’s is a founding member of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry and Eggs (US-RSPE) and serves on the board of directors, and Pilgrim’s Moy Park is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform

The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry and Eggs The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry and Eggs
The US-RSPE was launched in 2019 and is the nation’s multi-stakeholder sustainability initiative for the U.S. poultry and egg value chain. The US-RSPE has the ability to bring together a broad group of diverse stakeholders, who can collaboratively focus and accelerate continuous improvement in the entire poultry and egg value chain. Together, they hope to continually advance the U.S. as a global leader in responsibly produced poultry and eggs.
The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform
The SAI platform is a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to harness the collaborative power of its members to accelerate widespread adoption of sustainable agricultural practices. Their vision is to grow a sustainable, thriving and resilient agricultural sector that safeguards farm viability and protects and preserves the earth’s resources, human rights and animal welfare while supporting our members and adding value across the European food and drink industry.