Pilgrim's Pride Corp., Greeley, Colo., released its 2016 Sustainability Report, which covers nearly 90 different sustainability aspects and details the company's performance, explores key sustainability achievements in 2016 and reveals Pilgrim's new 2020 sustainability goals.

"We are excited to release the Pilgrim's 2016 Sustainability Report. The report is our most comprehensive effort to date to not only share our performance and what we do, but to [also] provide details on how we do things and why we believe our approach aligns with your values as a customer, parent, consumer, shareholder and stakeholder," says Bill Lovette, chief executive officer.

The 2016 report details Pilgrim's progress in team member health and safety, food safety, animal health and welfare, family farm partnerships and environmental performance. 

2016 progress:

  • Team member health and safety. Outperformed industry average in Total Recordable Incident Rates (TRIR) and Days Away, Restrictions, and Transfers (DART) rate.
  • Environment. Outperformed eight out of nine 2015 targets, reducing energy use by 28%, greenhouse gas emissions by 33% and water use by 34%.
  • Animal health and welfare. 100% of team members and family farm partners trained in accordance with the Pilgrim's Animal Welfare Program, eliminating the use of antibiotics critically important to human medicine for disease prevention.
  • Family farm partners. Compensated the more than 4,000 Pilgrim's family farm partners $6.39 million to raise Pilgrim's birds.
  • Communities. Contributed $500,000 over five years to USPOULTRY Foundation to advance research in poultry production.

2020 goals:

  • Animal health and welfare. Achieve a combined score of 92.5% on the Pilgrim's Animal Health and Welfare Scorecard across all complexes, convert 25% of production to antibiotic-free by 2018 and maintain prohibition of the use of antibiotics critically important to human medicine. 
  • Family farm partners. Create expanded economic opportunities for family farm partners in on-trend markets, including organic, vegetarian-fed and antibiotic-free.
  • Team member health and safety. Reduce severe incidents by 15% year over year.
  • Product integrity. Fully implement Pilgrim's Supplier Code of Business Ethics and Conduct.
  • Water use. Reduce water use intensity by 10%.
  • Energy use. Reduce natural gas use by 14% and electricity use by 12%.
  • Climate change. Reduce greenhouse gas emission intensity by 14%.

"We are confident that our progress to date, coupled with our ambitious goals for 2020, will continue to position Pilgrim's as a global industry leader in the production of high-quality, sustainable chicken products," Lovette says. "At Pilgrim's, our unified team believes we are more than just a provider of great-tasting products. We believe in doing things the right way and holding ourselves to a standard that our customers, consumers, partners and shareholders can take pride in. We hope you enjoy the report and invite you to join us on our sustainability journey."