JBS takes its commitment to stamp out all illegal deforestation in its supply chain seriously and has led industry efforts to engage with authorities to provide effective due diligence measures to tackle this issue. In September 2020, we also launched a new blockchain JBS Green Platform to provide a workable solution to address indirect suppliers - those we have no direct relationship with - with the ambition to have an illegal deforestation-free supply chain by 2025 with a phased approach to compliance over the interim period. The Green Platform is an example of industry self-regulation and due diligence best practice.
The Chain Reaction Research and Global Witness conclusions are inaccurate and misleading. There are flaws in the analysis which were highlighted to Global Witness earlier this year, following a JBS review of each alleged case. These cases contained accusations of deforestation only and were not linked to land grabbing or human rights violations.
JBS presented technical analysis and justification for 100% of the cases presented by Global Witness. All of which were found to be in accordance with the Public Prosecutor's Office (MPF) Supplier Monitoring Protocol at the time of purchase. Some have subsequently been subject to embargo which was not in effect at this time and accordingly have been blocked automatically by our system from the point the embargo applied.
We also work with the MPF to constantly improve the accuracy of the data and its application. Our suggestions have been consolidated by the MPF into the supplier monitoring protocol that must be used by all those operating in the Legal Amazon region to block and unblock suppliers based on specific documentation. Analyses of suppliers undertaken without observing the technical rules of the MPF protocol is likely to lead to erroneous results. Based on the analysis presented, JBS reiterates that it did not make any irregular cattle purchases that did not comply with the MPF protocol.
JBS is independently audited annually. We have confidence in this system and our most recent audit found 100% of direct purchases met the company's social-environmental criteria. It is important to note that some of the cases presented by Global Witness may have not been identified in the audit process given that they were cancelled and JBS did not acquire cattle from these ranches.
Furthermore, JBS closely monitors its suppliers for compliance in all aspects of our Responsible Procurement Policy and has not previously identified issues relating to human rights abuses of Indigenous communities or other protected groups. We have a commitment to no forced labour, labour trafficking, or third-party exploitation of workers within our supply chain.
Our Together for the Amazon program reinforces our belief in the need to work collaboratively with producers, civil society, academics and local authorities to bolster our systems, protect the Amazon, and continue to drive improvements but this must be based on a sound evidence-led approach.
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