Pilgrim's Sustainability Report

2020 Pilgrim's Sustainability Report

Eat Proudly

Pilgrim’s is known as one of the world’s leading providers of poultry, retail-ready and prepared foods. As proud as we are to make high-quality food that millions of people put on their plates every day, it’s just as important that we do so in ways that meet the expectations of our stakeholders, customers, consumers and the communities we call home. 

We believe sustainability involves continuously improving social responsibility, economic viability and environmental stewardship. This year we’re proud to unveil an ambitious net-zero target that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions across our value chains by 2040.

Social Responsibility
Economic Viability
Environmental Stewardship



Reduce greenhouse gas emission intensity by 14%

Goal Completion 100%

We’ve exceeded our goal with a 18% decrease.


Reduce natural gas use intensity by 17%

Goal Completion 100%

We’ve achieved an 17% reduction.


Reduce electricity use intensity by 12%

Goal Completion 92%

We’ve decreased electricity use intensity by 11%.


Reduce water use intensity by 10%

Goal Completion 0%

Our water use intensity has increased 5% compared to our goal, but it has decreased 5% since 2018.

Team Member Health and Safety

Improve the Pilgrim’s Safety Index by 15% year over year

Goal Completion 40%

We’ve achieved a 6% improvement.

Animal Welfare

Achieve a 90% or better on our Animal Health and Welfare Scorecard for all processing plants

In Progress

We’re refocusing on this topic in our 2030 sustainability strategy.

Animal Welfare

Achieve a 95% or better on our Animal Health and Welfare Scorecard for our live operations

In Progress

We’re refocusing on this topic in our 2030 sustainability strategy.

Supply Chain

Ensure 100% of our suppliers agree to our Supplier Code of Conduct

In Progress

We’re refocusing on this topic in our 2030 sustainability strategy.

2020 goals are set for our U.S. facilities

Approach and Progress

  1. A Message from Our President and CEO

    It’s been an exciting year for Pilgrim’s and our sustainability progress. Read highlights from 2020 to learn how we’re positively impacting families around the globe.

  2. 01/08

    Who We Are

    As a leading food company, Pilgrim’s has provided wholesome, high-quality food products to customers and consumers for more than seven decades.

  3. 02/08

    Team Members

    The success of our company starts with our people. We focus on providing a safe and well-managed workplace that presents the best opportunities for our team members to thrive.

  4. 03/08

    Customers and

    We produce safe, nutritious, healthy, high-quality food products for consumers around the globe. We are proud to provide choices that meet nutritional needs and ethical expectations.

  5. 04/08


    We’re committed to helping society meet the challenge of sustainability in a responsible manner by improving the efficiency of our operations and minimizing our environmental footprint.

  6. 05/08

    Animal Care

    Animal welfare is embedded in the framework of our culture. Our business begins with the well-being of our livestock and poultry, and we are dedicated to ensuring their humane treatment, handling and slaughter. 

  7. 06/08


    We have a long history of partnering with non-profit organizations in local communities, and each of our facilities encourages its team members to be active stewards of their community.

  8. 07/08


    Our vendors are part of Pilgrim’s supply chain and contribute to our overall sustainability. We work with farm partners of all sizes to ensure the highest quality products.

  9. 08/08

    About This Report

    The goal of our Sustainability Report is to provide a transparent account of our sustainability management approach and performance. This report has been prepared in accordance with GRI Standards: Core option.

Reaching Net Zero by 2040

Pilgrim’s is the first major global protein company to set a net-zero GHG emissions by 2040 target. 

Learn More About Our Other Sustainability Efforts at Pilgrim’s