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JBS donates R$ 700 million to the fight against Covid-19

Actions benefit 162 Brazilian cities, nearly 60 million people and 17 states.
The donations will fund healthcare, assistance to the most vulnerable, and research.


Sao Paulo, May 11th, 2020 – JBS will donate R$ 700 million to fight the coronavirus pandemic. with R$ 400 million – more than 50% of the funds –targeted at actions in Brazil.


The donations in Brazilfocus on three key areas: public health, social action, and support for science. The initiatives will have nationalimpact, directly benefiting c. 60 million people across 162 cities in 17 states. Funds will also be sent to non-profit social organizations and research entities.


“This donation is entirely dedicated to fighting Covid-19. We are in the middle of an unprecedented worldwide crisis, and facing it requires involvement from everyone. We are making every effort and operating on several fronts to respond to the most critical issues in this pandemic, through investments in health, help to the most vulnerable groups, and support for science and technology,” says Gilberto Tomazoni, CEO of JBS. “I am very confident that this project will make a tremendous difference to the lives of millions of people at such a challenging moment for our society,” states the executive.


In total, 170 million Brazilians live in the states benefited by the donation from JBS. “We have been committed to Brazil for over 65 years and remain completely dedicated to our country and to Brazilians during this pandemic. These donations  will aid the fight against the coronavirus with the urgency and speed this crisis  requires. We are proud to partner with the most renowned specialists in Brazil in their respective fields, who will help us in each step of this action,” highlights Wesley Batista Filho, president of JBS for South America and president of Seara.


The R$ 400 million JBS donation to support the fight against Covid-19 in Brazil will be distributed as follows:


– R$ 330 million will be targeted at building hospitals, increasing the number of beds, buying test kits, drugs, medical equipment and hygiene items, as well as food donations , positively impacting 17 states and 162 cities;


– R$ 50 million will be available to research and technology entities in Brazil focused on healthcare;


– R$ 20 million will be targeted at 50 non-profit social organizations that provide support to  vulnerable communities in Brazil.


All initiatives will be coordinated by Joanita Maestri Karoleski, former president of Seara, and audited by Grant Thornton, a global consulting firm with over 100 years of experience that waived its fees to contribute to this social program.


“The donation will be used exclusively to fight against Covid-19 and contribute to the health of Brazilians today and in the future by focusing on health infrastructure including  building and renovating hospitals and buying medical equipment,” clarifies Joanita“Brazil has very specific situations and needs across its different regions, and we will allocate the resources according to local demands from states and cities, with a keen focus on health, social assistance, and science,” reinforces the coordinator.


To validate the projects and resources to be delivered in the different spheres of operation, special committees were created and will be comprised of the following independent members:


The Consulting Committee will be focused on purchasing and distributing the donations.


– Fernando Andreatta Torelly, CEO of Hcor, will chair the Consulting Committee. Torelly has a diploma in Economy from PUC-RS and a master’s in Business Management from PUC-RJ. He has considerable experience in the healthcare area, with strong operational expertise gleaned from more than 30 years in public and private hospitals. Torelly worked as superintendent of Hospital Moinhos de Vento, in Rio Grande do Sul, and was also executive director at Hospital Sírio-Libanês, one of the most prestigious healthcare institutions in Brazil.


– Henrique Sutton de Sousa Neves, general director of Sociedade Beneficente Israelita Brasileira Albert Einstein, has a Law degree from PUC-RJ and completed an  Advanced Management Program – AMP from Harvard Business School. He started his career at Shell, where he worked for 22 years in Brazil and other countries, occupying corporate and business vice-presidency positions. In 1998, he became president of Brasil Telecom, conducting the transaction of several landline companies after the sector privatization and the network expansion to achieve the goals of universal coverage and improvements in service quality. In 2002, he founded the company Compass Consultoria, targeted at improving productivity and reducing costs. In 2005, he became president of Varig S/A, where he participated in its financial restructuring. In 2006, he takes over as General Director of Einstein.


– Maurício Barbosa, founder and chairman of the Board at Bionexo, a multinational Brazilian company focused in digital technology for healthcare. He has a diploma in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Sao Carlos (SP) and executive education from the Sloan School of Management atthe Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Barbosa is an expert in ehealth and innovation solutions.


– Mohamed Parrini, CEO of Hospital Moinhos de Vento from Porto Alegre, one of the main hospitals in Brazil and affiliated to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Economist with a diploma from UERJ, he has a master’s degree in Philosophy from PUC-RS, and executive education from the MIT and Harvard Business School, with an emphasis on Strategy and Innovation. He was Financial director for Latin America at Starwood Hotels, which merged with Marriott International; CFO at Brasco Logística Offshore, and started his career at Arthur Andersen.


– Roberto Kalil Filho, President of the Board of Directors of InCor from HCFMUSP, director of the Clinical Cardiology division at InCor, and general director of the Cardiology Center from Hospital Sírio-Libanês. Roberto Kalil is a cardiologist with a diploma from Universidade de Santo Amaro, Medical Practice residence at HCFMUSP, Cardiology residence at InCor-HCFMUSP, doctorate from University of Sao Paulo, post-doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University, and is a college professor licensed by University of Sao Paulo. He has been a professor at the Cardiopneumology department from the Medical School of the University of Sao Paulo since 2011. An American College of Cardiology Fellow, with more than 150 international publications, he was responsible for introducing the cardiac MRI technique to Brazil and heads national and international research studies in cardio-oncology, heart disease, and cardiology imaging.


Social Committee, which will select social projects from 50 non-profit social organizations


– Carla Duprat, executive director of the InterCement Institute. She has a diploma in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Warwick, in England, and MBA in Human Resources from the University of Sao Paulo. She started her career at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a pioneer in the promotion of philanthropy and volunteer work in Latin America. She was executive director of the Institute for Development of Social Investment between 1999 and 2005. She worked as Social Investment director at Participações Morro Vermelho and corporate Sustainability director at Camargo Corrêa S.A. from 2006 to 2015. She is a member of the Consulting Council from Fundación Loma Negra, Instituto de Cidadania Corporativa, Instituto Childhood Brasil, and is director-president of Projeto Casulo.


– Carola Matarazzo, executive director of Movimento Bem Maior, council member at Artesol and at Instituto Protea. She has a diploma in Business Management and has worked for 20 years in the third sector. She was the youngest president of Liga Solidária, one of the most renowned non-profit institutions in Brazil. During her tenure, she structured the Liga’s projects so that they started collecting funds, includingfrom third countries, through open accountability. She is currently a member of the institution’s board.


– Celso Athayde, founder of Central Única das Favelas (Cufa), the largest non-government organization focused on favelas in Brazil and present in more than 15 countries. An event producer and social activist, Athayde is CEO of Favela Holding, a conglomerate of 22 companies focused on the outskirts segment, which came from Cufa. All companies are headed and managed by people who live in favelas and in outskirts communities. The businesses have the goal of educating, qualifying and generating income in the communities. He was born in the greater metropolitan area of Rio, where he lived until he was 7 years old. By the age of 16, he had lived in three favelas, public shelters and on the streets. He was raised at the Sapo favela, in the west region of Rio de Janeiro. A self-educated man, he has written three best-selling books, Falcão – Mulheres do Tráfico (2007), Falcão – Meninos do Tráfico, and Cabeça de Porco. His fourth book is O Manual dos Basqueteiros.


Science and Technology Committee, which will define and inspect the donations to science and research institutes


– José Medina Pestana, professor at Escola Paulista de Medicina/UNIFESP and director of Hospital do Rim, is a physician with a  diploma from Escola Paulista de Medicina/UNIFESP, Residence in Nephrology at Hospital Sao Paulo, and doctorate in Medicine with specialization in Nephrology in Kidney Transplant. In 1990, he became the head of the Organ Transplantation program at UNIFESP, and since then has taken part in the entire legal and logistics consolidation process for organ transplantation programs in Brazil. He was two times president of the Brazilian Association of Organ Transplantation and of the Latin American Transplantation Society. Additionally, Pestana is the chairman of the UNIFESP Committee for Ethics in Research since 1996, and a member of the International Transplantation Society Ethics Commission.


– Pedro Hallal, dean of the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel), with a diploma in Physical Education, master’s degree and doctorate in Epidemiology from the Federal University of Pelotas. He completed his post-doctorate internship at the Institute of Child Health at the University of London and works as associate professor at the Federal University of Pelotas in the undergraduate Physical Education course and in the programs for graduation in Physical Education and Epidemiology at UFPel. He is one of the founding partners and former president of the Brazilian Society for Physical Activity and Health. Currently, he also coordinates the first study conducted in Brazil about the prevalence of Covid-19 in the population of Rio Grande do Sul, which is being expanded to all Brazilian regions.


– Sidney Klajner, president of Sociedade Beneficente Israelita Brasileira Albert Einstein,  has a diploma in Medicine, with medical residence and specialization in General Surgery and Digestive Tract Surgery from HCFMUSP. He is coordinator of the Graduation course in Coloproctology from Faculdade Israelita de Ciências da Saúde Albert Einstein and member of the associations Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia Bariátrica e Metabólica, Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgia Digestiva, Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões, Sociedade Brasileira de Coloproctologia, and Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia Laparoscópica. He is also member of the Instituto Coalização Saúde Board of Directors ; the Fundação Faculdade de Medicina – FMUSP Consulting Council;  the Janssen Brazil Consulting Council , and the Superior Health Management Council – under the tenure of the State Health Secretary José Henrique Germann (SP). Since 2016, he has been vice-chairman of the Board of FISESP – Federação Israelita do Estado de Sao Paulo.


JBS represents the main economic activity in 56% of the cities where it has plants. Its operations comprise a network of more than 130,000 direct team members, 35,000 livestock suppliers, 10,000 poultry and pork breeders, and 400,000 commercial partners. “This action we are announcing today adds to our daily commitment to bring better lives and food to millions of families worldwide,” highlights Wesley Filho.


Aware of its responsibility, since the beginning of the pandemic in Brazil JBS has dedicated all efforts to guarantee the safety and protection of its more than 130,000 team members with a series of safety measures to ensure the production of foods in  over 100 plants. Learn more about the protection measures at the JBS website.


About JBS
JBS is one of the world’s leading food industry companies and has a global production platform diversified by geography and type of protein. The Company has more than 240 thousand employees in production units or offices on all continents, in countries such as Brazil, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China, among others – in Brazil there are circa 130 thousand employees, with the company being one of the largest private employers in the country.

Worldwide, JBS offers a broad portfolio of brands recognized for excellence and innovation: Friboi, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s Pride, Primo, Seara, Swift, Gold’n Plump, among others. There are more than 275 thousand customers served worldwide in 190 nationalities. The company’s focus on innovation also reflects its management approach to related businesses in areas such as leather, biodiesel, collagen, personal hygiene and cleaning products, natural wrappings, solid waste management solutions, metal packaging and transportation. 

The Company conducts its operations with a focus on high food quality and safety and adopts the best sustainability practices throughout its value chain.