Commitment to the Environment, Quality and Safety

The Jamaica Broilers Group’s Environment, Quality and Safety (EQS) policy declares its commitment to sustainable agricultural and operational practices. Since our initial Environmental Management System (EMS) Certification to ISO 14001: 2004 in 2007, to our current certification to ISO14001:2015 we have been intentional in exploring opportunities for improvements and are now ensuring alignment with the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Our organization closely examined the 17 UN SDGs and have identified three (3) key goals which are critical to maintaining sustainable operations, whilst improving our environmental stewardship. As we embrace these goals, Jamaica Broilers Group is determined to play its part in ensuring at all stages of in our integrated operations, we consider and manage the environmental and social impacts.

Our first critical goal is to, ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation SDG#6:

The availability of good water supply, efficient use of this water along our operational chain, the effective management of the re-use and disposal of wastewater and good sanitation practices are of utmost importance in the poultry operations. The projects involved in enhancing sustainable water consumption include upgrading to modern equipment that consumes significantly less water, actively monitoring of water consumption in several areas, setting targets to reduce water consumption per bird produced and reporting to key stakeholders. Another key initiative was to institute robust sanitation practices that uses less water without compromising efficacy. These and other targeted activities resulted in a 25% reduction in water used per bird over the past 3 years.

Our second goal is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy SDG#7.

The impact of spiralling energy costs, warming temperatures, increasing cost of operational inputs and the impact of these on our farmers viability, prompted Jamaica Broilers Group to diversify energy sources employed throughout the group. Approximately 75% of our chicken houses are now equipped with solar panels. In addition, we improved our energy efficiency by installing variable speed fans in all new poultry houses. Our commitment is that all new chicken houses will be fitted with solar panels.
The Company continues to explore alternative heating technologies as we transition from the older brooders to the more energy efficient models. Currently, less than 20% of farms utilise the older technology and these are being gradually phased out.
With the recent installation of 1.1MW LNG Plant at the Best Dressed Chicken Poultry Processing Plant, we were able to satisfy about 10% of total current energy demand of the facility. The Company intends to fully convert to LNG as its source of electrical power for the poultry processing facility in a few years. LNG, with a higher energy content and less sulphur content, has resulted in both reduction in carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide emissions.

The Government of Jamaica has committed to the Paris Agreement, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by supporting low carbon development. The Jamaica Broilers Group is also committing to this program. Our fleet of trucks have been retooled with newer trucks that have better fuel economy, reducing emissions and many now with higher payloads. The vehicle fleet management system has optimized routing of trucks, ensuring the least vehicle miles travelled can be accomplished, while delivering safe quality food.

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns SDG#12:

We believe that sustainable consumption and production practices are paramount to ensuring longevity and health of our businesses. The equipment upgrades have also resulted in reduction in raw material consumption, with increased efficiency leading to significant waste reduction. We have introduced reusable totes to distribute our poultry products to our customers, replacing single use wax carton boxes. This change saw a reduction of more than 100,000 single use wax carton boxes annually. While the transition to full compostable packaging materials continues.

As we continue to influence our suppliers to adopt sustainable agricultural practices, we have decided to purchase some of our key feed ingredients solely from sources that employ environmentally sustainable practices. Our influence extends to our contract farmers, where the litter they use in the chicken houses are made from recycled or compostable materials. Once the litter is unable to be reconditioned, it is composted and made into organic fertilizer or soil conditioner.

Our team is focused on achieving operational efficiencies whilst improving our social and environmental management.

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