Being the best and most respected requires excellence in many areas – efficient and sustainable operations, quality products, an uncompromising commitment to safety, strong customer relationships, and of course long-term financial results. Every step in pursuit of these goals must be made with integrity, honesty, ethical discipline, and respect for the rule of law; this is the best way to achieve our goals while protecting our returns and our reputation in the market. What takes years to build can be destroyed in a moment of careless action or poor judgment that impacts individuals as well as the Company. Acting with integrity protects our reputation and freedom to operate. In fact, our mission and values demand it.
JBS and Pilgrim’s Pride are committed to the utmost integrity in our business practices – every time, no matter what. We will guide our team members along the way with education, policies, and tools to stay within the laws governing our industry, to use sound ethical judgment to navigate gray areas, and to feel confident that our Company stands above our competitors as a leader in its ethical and compliant culture—all while tirelessly in pursuit of business excellence.
Our commitment to integrity in all we do will lead to greater trust with customers, suppliers, regulators and legislators. Without unnecessary complications and disruptions, we can completely focus on our business strategy and have more freedom to invest in our people and operations, fulfilling our promise to create a better future for our team members.
Each of us is obligated to integrate these ethical principles into our daily practice. To be the best, we’re dependent on each and every team member’s determined effort to operate with integrity in every business interaction. We ask that our team members:
■ Think and act with our Code of Conduct & Compliance Policies in mind.
■ Actively engage in opportunities for continuous learning and improvement in ethics and compliance by participating in Company training programs and communications.
■ Speak up when they see something that isn’t in line with our values and policies, viewing it as an opportunity for improvement. Report anonymously at pilgrims.ethicspoint.com.
■ Stop and bring questions to their manager, the Legal Department or the Ethics & Compliance Department, if ever unsure about the right course of action.
■ Hold themselves and others to the same high standards.
Unlike many uncontrollable variables affecting our industry, a shared commitment to acting with integrity will grant us an edge in the marketplace and ensure our ability to be the best for years to come.