Who is responsible?
The food, leather and financial sectors all have a role in allowing JBS to get away with its destructive business model. JBS’s customers and financial backers must stop funding the climate crisis and the annihilation of tropical forests and biodiversity. They have the power to say no to all forms of deforestation in their supply chains and investment portfolios.
From burgers to bacon and chicken breasts, JBS products end up on supermarket shelves across the world. Many of the retailers, such as Tesco, have deforestation-free commitments in place, yet continue to source products from JBS-owned companies like Moy Park and Pilgrim’s Pride.
JBS is reliant on investors and lenders to finance its ever-expanding operations. Like supermarkets, many of their financial backers have deforestation-free commitments but are actively funding deforestation and climate pollution by continuing to finance the company. Over a third of JBS’s financial backing comes from European banks such as Barclays and Santander.
Leather is a vital and valuable part of the cattle industry. The value of the Brazilian leather industry alone is estimated at over $50 billion and 80% of Brazil’s leather from cattle is exported and used in the car, furniture and fashion industries. JBS Couros is the world’s largest producer of leather.
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In the news
Deforestation and the destruction of the Amazon are making headlines as the Brazilian government attempts to roll-back environmental protections and curtail Indigenous Peoples’ rights. Supermarkets have spoken out in the media about the risks of these new laws to the environment and their supply chains. But they need to practice what they preach and cut all ties with forest destroyers now.
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JBS’s continued links to forest destruction and broken promises have been called out by numerous NGOs. Read more here: