São Paulo, March 10, 2021 – JBS Brazil has just hired the consulting services of Rachel Maia to bolster its actions in diversity and inclusion. Rachel was the first black woman to head up the operations of multinational brands in Latin America. She is currently also the Chairman of the Consultative Council of UNICEF in Brazil.
Rachel Maia will develop the social literacy of the senior management of JBS on issues related to racial equity, gender and PwD. RM Consulting will oversee implementation and execution of projects involving diversity and inclusion, including initiatives undertaken by affinity groups.
“JBS has a commitment to the affect that its staff structure must mirror the diversity of the regions where it is located”, says Wesley Batista Filho, president of JBS Brazil.
“I see acknowledgement and responsibility in the support for companies like JBS in this educational process involving diversity and inclusion, and with my team promoting plurality at all levels, primarily with senior management. I support companies that create opportunities focused on equity”, says Rachel Maia
Additionally, JBS has joined the Women’s 30 Movement (Movimento Mulheres 360) consisting of 63 companies scuh as Cargill, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Natura, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Santander, Unilever and Walmart, to foster diversity and expand the participation of women in the corporate environment.
“We know that this is a journey of society as a whole, and we want to do our part. We have joined Women’s 360 to learn from the experiences of other companies, too”, says Marcela Rocha, executive officer for Corporate Affairs of JBS.
JBS is the world’s second-largest food company and the largest in animal protein. With a global platform diversified by geography and type of products (poultry, pork, beef and lamb), the Company has over 245,000 Team Members in production units and offices on all continents, in countries like Brazil, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and China, among others. In Brazil, there are over 145,000 Team Members, making the Company one of the country’s largest private employers.
Worldwide, JBS offers an extensive portfolio of brands recognized for excellence and innovation: Swift, Pilgrim’s Pride, Seara, Moy Park, Friboi, Primo, and Just Bare, among many others, which find their way every day onto the tables of consumers in 190 countries. The Company is also investing in correlated businesses like leather, biodiesel, collagen, personal hygiene and cleaning, natural wrapping, solid waste management solutions, recycling, metallic packaging and transport.
JBS conducts its operations focused on the high quality and safety of its food products, and it adheres to best sustainability and animal welfare practices throughout its value chain. The Together for the Amazon program is part of this commitment. Besides fostering the sustainable development of the Amazon biome, promoting the conservation and sustainable use of the forest, it also incorporates improvements in the quality of life of the population living there, as well as the development of new technologies for preserving the environment. With the implementation of a blockchain platform, unrivalled in the animal protein sector, it will extend control not only over the direct suppliers of JBS, but also over their suppliers.