BRAZIL, Braslia. Brazilian JBS S.A., one of the world's largest meat processors, is accused by human rights activists of promoting illegal grazing in the Amazon rainforest and destroying indigenous reservations.
There are indications that cattle illegally kept on logging land in protected areas are being smuggled through legal farms before being sold to JBS to give the appearance of legality, writes Amnesty International (AI) in its recently published report "From Forest to Farmland".
Apparently, JBS does not check its supply chain sufficiently. This way it also creates incentives for further illegal deforestation. This causes environmental protection problems and violations of the human rights of indigenous people, because illegal deforestation and thus land appropriation often takes place in their protected areas.
The non-governmental organisation sees the authorities and companies in Brazil as having a duty to help ensure that suppliers do not commit human rights violations. The European Union must ensure that the planned free trade agreement with the Mercosur Association of States gives top priority to respect for human rights.
JBS S.A. processes beef, pork and vegetable protein. In the first half of the current year, the company generated total sales of € 15.6 bn., 12% more than in the same period in 2018. The net profit in the first half of 2019 was € 572 mill.