GREELEY, Colo. -- JBS USA, a leading animal protein processor with more than 60,000 employees in the U.S., voluntarily entered into an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to strengthen the company's legal workforce. The Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program assists employers in developing policies to reduce immigration compliance vulnerabilities, including fraudulent document use and identity theft.

Don Jackson, President and CEO, JBS USA Holdings, and John Morton, Director, U.S. ICE, jointly signed the IMAGE agreement today at ICE Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The event signifies the exceptional progress the company has made toward combatting the efforts of undocumented workers to obtain employment through fraudulent means, while ensuring legal and stable employment opportunities for thousands of American employees.

"Today is an exciting day for JBS and serves as recognition of the considerable time, effort and financial resources we have invested in creating a top-flight workforce compliance culture," stated Don Jackson, President and CEO, JBS USA Holdings. "It is also a testament to the tremendous commitment of our 65,000 employees, without whom this opportunity would not have been possible. Through our voluntary partnership with the government, it is my expectation that we will continue to raise the bar for compliance in our industry and beyond, and remain worthy of the status that IMAGE partnership confers."

JBS, through its certification into the IMAGE program, publicly demonstrates its commitment to meeting and exceeding best industry practices for workforce compliance, while providing equal employment opportunities to eligible employees without regard to race or ethnic origin. The IMAGE program is an excellent example of a public-private partnership that, through government commitment and industry participation, will help strengthen the American workforce.