Sustainability from the ground up

Producing meat for the masses, Jason Weller, Global Chief Sustainability Officer at JBS, one of the world’s largest food companies, discusses how it manages to scale its output while keeping meat affordable.

The global population is expected to reach almost 10 billion by 2050 – up from about eight billion today.  According to FAO estimates, to feed everyone we will need to produce 60 percent more food.1 Scaling this output while simultaneously protecting natural ecosystems, increasing productivity and tackling climate change – which is already disrupting global supply chains – presents a challenge of unprecedented proportions. Given that over 800 million people are already food insecure,2 it is also an endeavour we must meet while keeping food affordable.

To meet these priorities, JBS and businesses across the global supply chain are setting hard, science-based, measurable ESG (environmental, social and governance) targets to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water usage and energy consumption. JBS is the first global meat and poultry company to pledge to achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2040 and has charted a roadmap that plots interim emission-reduction targets. But this is only one part of the strategy.