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COVID-19: Our Response

JBS USA operates more than 60 meat, poultry and prepared foods facilities across the United States. As such, our role in providing food for Americans – and citizens around the globe – is critical. Ensuring the health and safety of our team members as we fight COVID-19 is even more critical.

That’s why we are focusing our efforts to help combat the spread of the virus and keep it out of our facilities while protecting our team members and the communities where we operate. Since the onset of the pandemic, JBS USA has continually partnered with expert epidemiologists and medical professionals to evaluate our protocols.

We are following, and often times exceeding, all guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and local health departments to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. JBS USA has invested more than $360 million in enhanced safety measures and increased wages and bonuses to date.

Enhanced Safeguards & Team Member Bonuses

At JBS USA, we recognize our responsibility as a food company during this unprecedented crisis and have continuously evolved operations, based on the latest available guidance from experts, to improve coronavirus preventive measures.

To date, we have invested more than $200 million in health and safety measures to protect our workforce and more than $160 million in increased wages and bonuses.

Our free surveillance testing program allows us to quickly identify potential introduction of COVID-19 from the community into our plants and mitigate spread through immediate quarantine and contact tracing procedures. It also gives us the opportunity to continually assess and validate the effectiveness of our preventive measures and entrance screening protocols as the virus spreads across the country.

We also enhanced our health benefits to retroactively cover 100 percent of all COVID-19 related health expenses for our team members and their family members enrolled in our health insurance plan. With implementation of this policy, no JBS USA team member enrolled in our plan will pay an out-of-pocket health expense associated with coronavirus.

Community Investment

JBS USA is investing $50 million in the local communities where our team members live and work. The Hometown Strong program includes contributions to alleviate food insecurity, strengthen long-term community infrastructure and well-being, and support COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts. This investment reaffirms our longstanding commitment to towns and cities across the country.

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During the coronavirus pandemic, JBS USA has been a community partner and generously donated beef to local food banks and also provided leadership and innovation on worker safety and plant management. The Hometown Strong initiative continues JBS USA’s commitment to our community and our future, and we look forward to a wonderful community partnership.

Roger Steele

Mayor, Grand Island, Neb.

Adapting & Adjusting

JBS USA has fundamentally changed the way we do business as a result of COVID-19. We have instituted hundreds of interventions and policies to provide a safe working environment for our team members. We developed a COVID-19 training program, which is updated frequently, that includes specific instructions on how to stay safe at work, as well as how to stay safe at home and when in the community. As this health crisis continues to evolve, we will continue to adapt and adjust our approach as necessary.

Safety Measures

Health & Wellness

  • Conducting random, routine surveillance testing of asymptomatic team members
  • Temperature testing all team members prior to entering facilities, including the use of hands-free thermometers and thermal imaging testing technology
  • Providing extra personal protective equipment (PPE), including face shields and protective masks, which are required to be worn at all times
  • Conducting health screenings for anyone entering the facility

Increased Cleaning & Sanitizing

  • Increasing sanitation and disinfection efforts, including whole facility deep-cleaning every day
  • Hiring dedicated staff whose only job is to continuously clean facilities, including common areas beyond the production floor
  • Using ultraviolet (UV) germicidal air sanitation and plasma air technology to neutralize potential viruses in plant ventilation and air purification systems

Team Member Support

  • Removing vulnerable populations from our facilities, offering full pay and benefits
  • Covering 100% of COVID-19 health expenses for team members and their dependents enrolled in the company’s health plan
  • Requiring sick team members to stay home from work
  • Waiving short-term disability waiting periods
  • Educating and encouraging team members to practice social distancing at home and in the community outside of work
  • Implementing flexible work-from-home practices for corporate team members

Safety Measures

  • Increasing spacing in cafeterias, break and locker rooms, including dividers in common areas and on the production floor
  • Promoting physical distancing by staggering starts, shifts and breaks
  • Hiring staff to assist with education, training and enforcement of COVID-19 preventive measures
  • Restricting access to facilities