U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef: JBS USA Achieves Recognition Across Supply Chain Under U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework

DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 28, 2020) – JBS USA recently became the first beef company to achieve recognition across the cow-calf, feedyard and processing segments of the supply chain for alignment to the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework. The Framework is an industry-adopted resource that outlines key areas of sustainability and opportunities for improvement across the beef value chain. It is comprised of high-priority indicators, sector specific metrics and sustainability assessment guides.

The recognition applies to JBS USA’s nine beef production facilities in Cactus, Tex., Grand Island, Neb., Greeley, Colo., Green Bay, Wisc., Hyrum, Utah, Omaha, Neb., Plainwell, Mich., Souderton, Penn. and Tolleson, Ariz. This achievement is further testament of JBS USA’s commitment to continuous improvement and complements the company’s existing, robust sustainability initiatives across the cow-calf, feedyard and beef production facilities across its value chain.

“JBS USA has been on a journey to elevate our sustainability programs, validate our progress and produce great-tasting, sustainable food that our customers and consumers are proud to serve their family and friends,” said Dr. Kim Stackhouse, JBS USA Director of Sustainability. “This important recognition by the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef illustrates our ongoing commitment to beef sustainability. Across four brands, various feedyard partners and nine production facilities, the Framework helps us document sustainability performance and assess our progress.”

Each program underwent third-party review through the U.S. Roundtable of Sustainable Beef (USRSB) recognition program to demonstrate alignment to the Framework. These reviews assessed each program’s approach to sustainability and incorporation of Framework principles, including animal welfare, land and water resources, and air and greenhouse gas emissions, among other areas.

“Efforts to seek alignment to the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework demonstrate the commitment of our supply chain partners to showcase the unmatched sustainability performance of the U.S. beef industry,” said USRSB Chair Ben Weinheimer. “It also helps communicate the great strides of the industry to reduce the environmental footprint of U.S. beef, improve profitability across the supply chain and ensure quality that consumers expect through voluntary, holistic practices. We’re proud JBS USA is taking this step to tell the industry’s sustainability story.”

Learn more about JBS USA’s sustainability efforts here. To explore the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework or to learn more about the USRSB Recognition Program, visit USRSB.org.

Disclaimer: The USRSB Recognition Program does not allow for product claims related to the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework. Recognition of organizations under the USRSB Recognition Program does not imply endorsement or recommendation by the USRSB.

The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) is a multi-stakeholder initiative developed to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in sustainability of the U.S. beef value chain. The USRSB achieves this through leadership, innovation, multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration. For more information please visit the USRSB website at www.usrsb.org or email usrsb@beef.org

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.