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Pilgrim’s Releases Sustainability Report Highlighting Accomplishments


Greeley, Colorado-based Pilgrim’s has released its 2021 Sustainability Report, which includes progress updates toward the organization’s 2030 goals that were announced last year.

The report details the company’s advancements in areas – employees, environment, communities, animal care, customers, consumers and suppliers – across its operations in the U.S., the U.K., continental Europe and Mexico.

As Pilgrim’s continues to strengthen its approach toward sustainability and ESG, the company completed its first sustainability-linked bond audit, resulting in positive progress toward the commitment to achieve a 30 percent reduction in scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emission intensity by 2030.

The Pilgrim’s Pride ESG Committee of the board of directors was also developed, which has been tasked with overseeing areas such as climate change, human rights, diversity and inclusion, and employee health, safety and well-being to ensure excellence, humanity and corporate responsibility are fully integrated in every level of the organization.

“At Pilgrim’s, we recognize our role as a global food company and a large employer in the areas where we operate,” said Fabio Sandri, CEO. “We are working to leverage our scale and influence to help food and agriculture be part of the solution to many of the sustainability challenges we face around the world.”

Key achievements detailed in the 2021 report include:

  • Employees:
    • Expanded its Better Futures program throughout the U.S., providing tuition-free community college to employees and their dependents with more than 370 participants signed up and two graduates to date.
    • Achieved a 39 percent improvement in the Global Safety Index since 2019, surpassing the company’s 30 percent goal.
  • Environment:
    • Reduced greenhouse gas emission intensity by 10 percent from its 2019 baseline.
    • Invested more than $18.7 million in more than 64 greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in Pilgrim’s facilities.
  • Animal care:
    • Launched the global Animal Welfare Scorecard, created by Pilgrim’s animal welfare teams using a combination of indicators selected for the importance to the health and welfare of its animals.
  • Communities:
    • Completed more than 100 infrastructure and social services projects across the U.S. through its $15 million Pilgrim’s Hometown Strong initiative.
  • Suppliers:
    • Partnered with more than 6,000 livestock and poultry producer partners, providing payments of more than $2.2 billion.

“We are investing in sustainability and ESG initiatives throughout our organization like never before, and I am confident we will continue pushing ourselves and the industry forward in a meaningful way,” Sandri said.

“Our vision – to be the best and most respected company in our industry, creating the opportunity of a better future for our team members – will continue guiding us as we move forward on this journey.”

To learn more, visit the 2021 Pilgrim’s Sustainability Report online at sustainability.pilgrims.com.

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