Chain Reaction Research has estimated that JBS’ deforestation footprint in Brazil is up to 200,000 hectares in its direct supply chain and 1.5 million hectares in its indirect supply chain since 2008.
World Animal Protection is part of a global coalition of nearly twenty civil society groups to call on the CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) to revoke the recent “A-” score and “Leadership” status awarded to the meat processing giant JBS for its performance in tackling climate change. Led by the organization Mighty Earth, some of the largest and most vocal groups, including also the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), Compassion in World Farming, the Soil Association and Rainforest Foundation Norway, have joined forces to bring attention to the high rating.
For Mighty Earth, JBS is far from being a leader in the fight against climate change, the classification given by the CDP is wrong and misleading. Even so, JBS has been promoting this discredited score as a way to attract new investors. “Instead, the company should be more concerned with disclosing to society its greenhouse gas emissions within the ‘Scope 3’, which concentrates most of its climate impact, and the number of cattle and other animals that slaughter annually, bringing transparency to its alleged emissions”, says the director of Mighty Earth in Brazil, João Gonçalves, recalling that since 2017 JBS has not disclosed its slaughter numbers.