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Greenpeace accuses JBS of breaking environmental agreement

On June 6 Greenpeace released a report on the JBS’ contribution to logging in the Amazon. Entitled "JBS Failed – How the biggest meat company on the planet is still slaughtering the Amazon," the document, the result of field research done over 18 months, accuses the company of continuing to fail to comply with its commitments agreed with civil society and the Brazilian government not to buy animals from deforested areas, indigenous territories or farms embargoed for employing people in conditions akin to slavery.

Greenpeace has also named JBS’ five customers who are said to have agreed to end or not renew contracts with the company due to the accusations. They are: UK supermarket chains ASDA and Sainsbury’s, Princess (Mitsubishi Group), shoe company Clarks, Sweden’s Ikea (which buys leather from Italian processors via JBS) and the Dutch giant, Sligro Food Group.

This is another headache for JBS, which has lately been trying to show the progress it has made in managing the environmental impact of its operations. The report caries a checklist of nine points agreed in October 2009, when JBS, Marfrig and Minerva - the three largest slaughterhouses in Brazil – entered into an agreement with the Brazilian government.

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