The nature of our business demands we work with a diverse set of suppliers that range from family farm partners who raise our chickens and hogs to large, multinational companies that manufacture and provide services for our production facilities. We work in partnership with over 19,300 suppliers to ensure the highest-quality inputs.
As part of the Pilgrim’s supply chain, our vendors contribute to our overall sustainability. Impacts related to the environmental and social pillars of sustainability differ for each of our unique suppliers based on the material they manufacture, the species of livestock or poultry they raise, and the service they provide. Our ability to directly affect these impacts is often outside of our immediate control; however, we strive to partner with suppliers who share our values to achieve a more sustainable food supply.
As part of our efforts to minimize impacts in the supply chain, we developed a Supplier Code of Conduct. It ensures that suppliers agree to meet or exceed our high standards when conducting business with Pilgrim’s. The code covers human rights, forced labor, freedom of association and collective bargaining, minimum age for employment, equal employment opportunity, employment practices, health and safety, environmental issues and business integrity, which includes anti-corruption and bribery. Our 2020 supply chain goal is to have 100% of our suppliers, who have entered into or updated agreements with us since 2018, agree to our Supplier Code of Conduct.