Building a Diverse and Dedicated Workforce | JBS USA | Sustainability Report

Our Commitment

At JBS USA, diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and we know that the success of our company depends on the collective skills, backgrounds and experiences of our team members. By treating our team members with dignity and respect, and by promoting diversity and inclusion, we strive to create a trusting and productive workplace.

Our Management Approach

Due to the various locations of our facilities and our large, diverse workforce composed of team members of different ethnicities and national origins, JBS USA faces unique communication challenges. As many as 60 different languages are spoken at any one facility. To ensure that all team members can express themselves and understand key messages, we provide company materials in various languages and dialects. This includes team member information such as benefits, safety instructions and new hire and continuous training materials. In addition, each facility offers unlimited access to Language Lines, which provides more than 200 languages and creates immediate access to clear communication across our facilities. JBS works diligently to accommodate the cultural needs of all of our team members. We encourage all facilities to evaluate the effectiveness of their accommodations and to identify the best approaches to address their unique situations. 

We empower all facilities to work within their communities to recruit and retain diverse team members. Our local teams aim to hire and employ a workforce that represents the communities where they live and work. As a contractor to the U.S. federal government, we maintain affirmative action programs to implement our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and work to identify opportunities for improvement, such as partnering with universities to recruit talent.

JBS USA also actively partners with the U.S. federal government to ensure our team members are authorized to work in our U.S. facilities. Since 2012, JBS USA has participated in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program. The IMAGE program promotes voluntary compliance with employment authorization provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act and assists in the prevention of the hiring or continued employment of people who are not authorized to work in the U.S. As a committed employer of a legal workforce, JBS USA is assisted by the program in its efforts to develop a more secure and stable workforce, and enhance fraudulent document awareness through education and training.

Equal Employment Opportunity

As part of our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, we reaffirm our commitment to recruit, hire, promote and train all team members regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or age. JBS USA is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all people, including military veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities.

Compensation and Benefits

JBS USA provides competitive pay to our team members and rewards top performers. Our compensation philosophy is meritocratic, and we strive to reward all team members for their specific contributions. All team members receive paid time off with specifics being dependent on state regulations and union contracts as applicable. The minimum time of paid sick leave (personal days) for all salaried employees is 40 hours. The minimum time of paid time off for all employees is 40 hours, availability timing of which is dependent on eligibility criteria and/or union contracts at each specific facility location. Additionally, team members are not required to provide proof of medical diagnosis before utilizing sick leave. All team members and their families are offered benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance. Dependent on qualifications, some employees may receive six weeks of paid short-term disability for the birth of a child. We also provide life insurance and disability insurance and offer Flexible Spending Accounts to promote healthy lifestyles amongst team members. Most team members are provided with retirement benefits including a non-qualified deferred compensation plan and a defined contribution 401(k) plan.

Engaging Our Team Members

We value the thoughts and opinions of our team members and conduct regular surveys to maintain an accurate understanding of team member engagement, perceptions and attitudes on topics such as pay and benefits, scheduling, safety and satisfaction with supervisors. Surveys are refined annually to get more specific feedback from our team members. We work to quickly identify and address concerns from our team members and strive to create an environment where team members recognize the importance of their roles. Finally, 100% of all eligible salaried team members in North America and Australia and a portion of our salaried team members in Europe receive performance reviews.

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