In response to the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, JBS USA, an American-based meals firm and the bulk shareholder of Pilgrim’s Delight Company (NASDAQ: PPC), at this time introduced it’s investing greater than $200 million to help its staff members and native communities in the USA.
“For the reason that arrival of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic to the USA, our precedence has been and stays the security of our staff members offering meals for all of us,” stated Andre Nogueira, JBS USA CEO. “We acknowledge our duty as a meals firm throughout this disaster and we have now repeatedly advanced our operations, based mostly on the newest out there steering from specialists, to enhance our coronavirus preventive measures. We’ve got already invested greater than $100 million to boost safeguards for our workforce and greater than $50 million to reward our staff members with thank-you bonuses. Right this moment, we’re additionally excited to reaffirm our long-standing dedication to the agricultural cities and cities we name dwelling throughout America.”
In keeping with their ongoing sustainability and social duty efforts, JBS USA and Pilgrim’s will make investments greater than $50 million within the native communities the place their staff members reside and work. The funding will embrace donations to alleviate meals insecurity, strengthen long-term group infrastructure and well-being, and help COVID-19 emergency response and aid efforts. The funding is a part of the $120 million international social dedication just lately introduced by JBS S.A.
JBS USA and Pilgrim’s have adopted greater than $100 million in enhanced security measures to maintain their workplaces and staff members secure, together with elevated sanitation and disinfection efforts, well being screening and temperature checking, staff member coaching, bodily distancing, decreased line speeds and elevated availability of non-public protecting tools, together with face masks and face shields. The businesses have employed greater than 1,000 new staff members to conduct extra, around-the-clock sanitation and cleansing providers, and to offer training, coaching and enforcement of COVID-19 preventive measures.
The businesses are additionally investing in modern applied sciences to fight the potential unfold of coronavirus of their amenities, together with ultraviolet (UV) germicidal air sanitation and plasma air know-how to neutralize potential viruses in plant air flow and air purification methods.
Out of an abundance of warning, JBS USA and Pilgrim’s have eliminated probably the most susceptible populations from their amenities, with full pay and advantages. This has resulted within the removing of roughly 10 % of the eligible workforce in the USA. The coverage exceeds any advisable steering from the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, or every other official well being authority.
“I couldn’t be extra happy with how our staff members have responded to this difficult time,” Nogueira stated. “We salute the women and men who’re supplying meals to those that want it most and the native communities which have at all times sustained our enterprise. We’re not good and this has not been a straightforward time for any of us, however we’re working tirelessly to maintain our staff members secure and supply meals for the nation throughout this pandemic. We’re all on this struggle collectively.”