Training & Capacity-Building

Every year, we train Animal Welfare officers, who are animal welfare ambassadors, working in agriculture, transport and industry.

400+

Employees

Made aware of animal welfare through structured programs and knowledge sharing about the welfare of animals in daily activities.

100%

of integrated producers are trained for winter and summer management.

Our chicken and turkey breeders and farming advisors are trained on winter and summer management, in which animal welfare is strongly addressed.

100%

Received training on the best practices

Poultry loading teams and drivers are trained on the best practices to ensure the welfare of birds.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was not possible to hold the Swine Academy in 2020, but we held a series of webinars to address fundamental topics for maintaining animal welfare: euthanasia of sick animals, good management practices, improvement of the environment in the facilities that involved 100% of the technical pig farming teams in Brazil.

From history assessment and concepts to practical application and action plans in transport, facilities, contingency, and others. This training program for farming advisors aims to train and develop the agricultural team in pursuit of high performance, adding value to the business and managing internal knowledge. The training project is ongoing and takes place every year.

We attended the Pig Welfare Symposium with the WAP, where success cases of animal welfare were shown.

208

Animal welfare officers were trained in 2021

Personnel from parent stock breeding, through transport and slaughter. Some of them were trained on the Humane Slaughter Program (STEPS), recognized by Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply.

between 2019 and 2020 we trained 569 new animal welfare officers. In 2021, we reinforced training and trained more professionals from the agricultural chain, through the transport and slaughter of animals

These professionals are the ambassadors of the theme in the units, responsible for applying the compliance matrix and training all employees, third parties and integrated in the theme. 100% of employees working with live animals in our industrial plants are trained in AW procedures, in addition to pickup teams, live cargo drivers and our integrated partners.

300+

BRF veterinarians and farming advisors were trained on the Chicken Academy program in 2019.

In-person events brought together employees from all units in Brazil, including managers, supervisors, health workers, ambience and loading coordinators and farming advisors.

The events for discussion and training allow to provide an overview of the production process regarding Health, Hatcheries, Parent Stock and Broiler Chickens, and over 2,800 hours of knowledge dissemination through training and development of over 50 projects based on the technical topics and the management tools addressed.

To encourage and raise the awareness of our employees on animal welfare, we created an online course on Animal Welfare and the program Animal Welfare Made in BRF.

The course presents the basic animal welfare concepts and the context of BRF. It is available to any employee with access to the BRF Academy (a platform on which internal training is offered). By April 2020, more than 1,050 employees had completed the course and over 400 had started it.

BRF has been working towards the ongoing standardization of its processes and created the SEO (Operational Excellence System) Program.

It promotes the engagement of teams, encouraging them to take leading roles and develop ownership. In the program, the fundamental themes for BRF are divided into pillars and one of them is Sustainability. Animal welfare is a mandatory element of this pillar, aligning the training taught by the Animal Welfare Officers.

The purposes of the animal welfare element in the SEO program include:

a) Creating a unique language and standardizing the working method as a basis for continuous improvement;

b) Standardizing processes, terms and metrics, allowing effective internal references;

c) Standardization as a basis for continuous improvement, by sharing and applying best practices;

d) Directing performance towards leveraging the main results, connecting them to the strategic objectives of BRF;

e) Boosting engagement and collaboration, from the operations to the top management;

f) Ensuring that everyone is able to do their best;

g) Being a facilitator of cultural change.