Pilgrim’s Pride manipulates information:
- According to their annual sustainability report from 2016, Pilgrim’s Pride claims to be in compliance with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for oversight, but self-inspects all facilities with internal supervisors potentially skewing data.
- According to their annual sustainability report from 2016 (pages 66, 89), Pilgrim’s Pride claims to be within the national averages for severe accidents, environmental pollution, solid waste and food health standards for American companies. However, in the same report (starting on page 56) Pilgrim’s confirms that all data used is based only on their U.S. operations excluding facilities in Mexico and Gold’n Plump, which they acquired in 2006. With 41 percent of facilities and 42 percent of operational capacity coming from outside the U.S., Pilgrim’s uses less than 60 percent of their actual company data, resulting in inaccurate and misleading information.
- According to their annual sustainability report from 2016 (beginning on page 36), Pilgrim’s believes in “valued partnerships with key customers,” relating specifically to investments in local American agribusiness, citing 4,000 family-owned farms in the U.S. as evidence of their commitment. However, their financial reports for the same year show family farms were paid $639 million in 2016 (page 169). That's barely six percent of the company’s overall annual revenue for 2016 with billions more going directly to JBS SA who own 78.5 percent of the Pilgrim’s stock according to NASDAQ breakdowns.
Pilgrim’s Pride violates labor laws:
According to their annual sustainability report from 2016 (page 56), Pilgrim’s U.S. employees are 63.5 percent minority (black and Hispanic) and 42 percent female. However, Pilgrim’s management staff is 67.6 percent white and 73 percent male as cited in the U.S. Department of Labor suit against Pilgrim’s in 2016 for unlawful discrimination against white and black female applicants.
- In 2016, according to research done by Oxfam and reported by NBC News, Pilgrim’s, alongside Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms and Sanderson Farms, was among poultry manufacturers who abused workers’ rights, resulting in workers wearing “adult diapers” on site. Pilgrim’s, Tyson and Perdue denied the allegations, but OxFam maintained their claims citing personal testimonies of anonymous employees from each company.
- In 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Pilgrim’s was sued by OSHA for eight safety violations after the death of a worker. Violations included failure to communicate safety policies to employees, failure to conduct periodic inspections of machinery and facilities and failures in at least four cases to comply with appropriate refrigeration standards.
- In August 2016, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited 14 new “serious" and eight “other-than-serious” violations against Pilgrim’s Pride relating to timely medical referrals for workplace injuries. Since Pilgrim’s claims in its annual report that their workplace injuries are within the national average, the failure to report these referrals is consistent with a record of omitting facts that reveals sub-par business practices and abuse of worker rights. According to Martin Technical, the total proposed violations fines was $78,175, which was consistent with Good Job’s First Violations Tracker recordings of Pilgrim’s health violations total.
Pilgrim’s Pride drains local economies:
- According to Pilgrim’s website and annual sustainability report, the company mainly supplies large retailers such as Walmart, Publix, Costco, Kroger and Sam’s Club, resulting in the majority of product being shipped out of local communities where Pilgrim’s houses its facilities. The significant exhaustion of local, natural and commercial resources - with little benefit to the communities it taxes - reflects negatively on Pilgrim’s commitment to local growth.
- Most Pilgrim’s farms are located in Georgia but provide little statewide benefit to neighboring farmers or agribusinesses, with even less general contributions to the statewide economy.
- In 2008, Pilgrim’s filed for bankruptcy according to the company’s website, resulting in the loss of thousands of production jobs and leading to the acquisition by JBS SA. Since 2009, the organization has taken what is self describes as a “market driven” strategy that focuses on expanding market domination through the procurement of smaller farms and manufacturers.
- Pilgrim’s claims in its annual sustainability report (starting on page 44) that the company believes in “investing for job creation in local communities.” However, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in August 2017 that Pilgrim’s labor model will transition to include robotic engineers to replace workers and minimize labor costs.
- All idled Pilgrim’s facilities are located in the U.S., resulting in lost manufacturing opportunities for local economies, while other operational facilities in Mexico, which produce comparably less than American sites, remain open.