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The statement “Farmers are the original environmentalists” resonates with Cobb, our family farmers and our global poultry partners. Cobb is a dedicated steward of the land, air, water and energy where we hatch and raise poultry. We are committed to protecting open spaces in the area surrounding our farms, preserving natural resources, ensuring compliance with environmental requirements and being innovative in our conservation and recycling efforts. Our commitment to care for the local environment is underscored by our business commitment to develop and continuously improve the sustainability traits of poultry genetics that we supply to the worldwide broiler and breeder industry.



  • 1 Foundation

    Our approach for environmental stewardship is to plan, do, check and act. This model is compliance-focused, customized for each country where we have farms, feed mills and hatcheries, and demonstrates Cobb’s commitment to engage in continuous improvement for environmental excellence at each of our global locations. The goals of our environmental policies are to minimize environmental impact, conserve natural resources, allocate necessary resources to achieve national standards, and continuously monitor, measure, and analyze our stewardship outcomes. These methods ensure Cobb achieves our goals of compliance verification, enhance our understanding of environmental responsibilities, and focus on our efforts on continuous improvement at each of our global locations. In addition to our environmental policies that confirm oversight and compliance for our global locations, Cobb’s corporate commitment to improving sustainability traits of our poultry genetics has exponential environmental benefits for the worldwide poultry industry. Genetic selection and subsequent improvements in feed conversion, water usage, meat yield, and egg production have resulted in the poultry industry leading the way for agriculture on sustainable production practices. being one of the most sustainable sectors in modern agriculture. We’re proud to be part of this evolution & progress for sustainable agriculture!

  • 2 Support

    Cobb has a dedicated team of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) managers to support the company program and to verify compliance expectations. The EHS team uses tools and compliance trackers to perform audits, ensures appropriate routine and planned tasks are completed, and reviews event-driven responses at company locations. Communication is key for environmental stewardship and Cobb includes internal reviews, required training for team members, advanced planning for environmental emergencies, and written site-specific procedures to ensure environmental stewardship success and compliance.

  • 3 Innovation

    With the increasing focus on climate-related challenges and expected documentation of environmental outcomes in countries where we have poultry production facilities, Cobb is dedicated to the evaluation and implementation of innovative practices, tools and systems to optimize our commitment. This is the right thing to do and further enhances our stewardship of land, water and energy resources. Examples of Cobb innovation include:

    • Land: Many Cobb farms incorporate substantial buffer zones to provide additional biosecurity distance from other livestock and poultry operations in the region. We proactively maintain and conserve these timber and grassland areas that surround Cobb farms. This conservation mirrors our sustainability focus for land management as we aim to optimize water quality, provide wildlife habitat and improve the soil quality of these buffer zones. For example, Cobb Brazil farms have innovative timber management programs that involve the planting of large tracts of pine and eucalyptus trees around each breeder farm. These large land parcels provide an effective biosecurity buffer zone and also guarantee the preservation of native forests that cover up to 50% of the land owned by Cobb. These planned timber tracts allow strategically planted trees to interconnect with native forest areas and are managed by forestry experts. Management of the pine and eucalyptus trees includes appropriate harvesting to achieve sustainability goals for forestry ecological function while also fostering species and tree diversity for the natural biosecurity border around the farm. When trees are selectively harvested per the forestry management plan, timber byproducts are used for on-farm composting which further supports Cobb’s sustainability program. Our global farms source poultry bedding from sustainable sources to achieve poultry welfare and quality assurance expectations and to comply with Cobb environmental goals. At the end of each breeder flock, this poultry litter is an incredibly valuable source of organic fertilizer as it is recycled and applied to local crop land in accordance with nutrient management plans. This regenerative agriculture practice allows Cobb to positively contribute to farm efforts to rebuild soil quality and to restore land quality and ecosystem health in the rural areas where we have poultry operations.
    • Water: Our innovative focus on water includes conservation efforts for incoming water and proactive management of storm water. Incoming water at Cobb is essential for biosecurity measures, personnel use, poultry consumption and environmental cooling of poultry houses during hot weather. We carefully verify daily water usage at each chicken house on poultry farms since this is a key part of monitoring poultry health, welfare and flock activity. We have implemented innovative measures to optimize water usage since entry showers are required for biosecurity compliance for all team members and farmers. At company locations, Cobb has invested in large water retention structures and innovative land application measures to allow wastewater to be collected, recycled, and reused in accordance with environmental requirements. Cobb recognizes that storm water retention and detention is a key part of sustainability and ensures that company locations remain under established parameters and use systems to ensure best management practices are followed.
    • Air: Innovative equipment and systems for emissions controls are the key derivers for our commitment to air quality stewardship. As technology advances and operating systems improve, we’ve invested in pioneering solutions to optimize air quality at our farms, feed mills and hatcheries. For example, at Cobb USA feed mills, we’ve implemented unique emission control procedures that reduce dust emissions at the time of feed load-out from the mill to our feed trucks. In our newest hatchery in the USA, Cobb implemented a novel air handling system to capture warm air that can be filtered and recycled within the hatchery. At Cobb China farms, on-site organic waste is placed in advanced incinerators that have a double-burner feature to reduce airborne emissions.
    • Energy: We’re evaluating various tools at our global locations to improve energy efficiency. These include innovative measures to reduce energy consumption in buildings for people and for poultry. For example, we’ve installed efficient lighting fixtures in poultry housing to maintain intensity while reducing energy consumption, implemented ventilation systems to capture heat and recycle this warm air for poultry heating needs, transitioned to activity switches and automatic shut offs for lighting in office buildings, and upgraded our vehicle fleet with more energy-efficient trucks. In Brazil, we’re transitioning from petrol-dependent vehicles to vehicles that solely utilize plant-based fuel (ethanol) that is a byproduct of local sugar cane production. In the Netherlands, we’re using geothermal energy to improve the efficiency of chicken houses on the Cobb breeder farm. By using an innovative ground heat exchange system, we’re able to heat and cool the houses to optimize chicken comfort while also optimizing our energy efficiency.

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Company owned vehicles used by Cobb Brazil TMs that solely use plant-based fuel source


Poultry litter recycled and reused to fertilize crops and grasslands

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Water reduction for each 2.5kg broiler by using improved Cobb genetics (since 2006)

350 grams

Feed reduction for each 2.5kg broiler by using improved Cobb genetics (since 2006)

Path to Progress

In the past 15 years, we’ve expanded in various global areas with new farms, hatcheries and production offices. This business expansion has given Cobb the opportunity to focus on the installation of innovative solutions and technology to improve energy efficiency. The strategic business growth has also been beneficial to reduce our environmental footprint since we’re able to reduce air and land transportation journey times of valuable genetic products to regional poultry markets. During the planning phases of each expansion, we’ve evaluated opportunities to enhance our environmental stewardship goals. This approach has resulted in a robust team of 26 dedicated Cobb team members based across our global operations. This team places emphasis on environmental and safety compliance for the construction, expansion and operation of company locations. We encourage the use of innovative technology and equipment in our facilities to decrease the use of natural resource.

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Our continuously improved poultry genetics have dramatically improved sustainability and poultry production results in the past 15 years. We estimate that our enhancement of broiler sustainability traits has resulted in a reduction of 1.28 liters of water for a 2.5kg broiler. Additionally, during the last 15 years, we estimate that genetic improvement has resulted in broilers requiring 675 grams less feed to achieve the 2.5kg body weight. When considering the billions of broilers produced per year, the sustainability benefits of reducing the amount of water and feed required to produce broilers is truly remarkable. We humbly believe that this is a great example of agriculture being part of the solution for food security and environmental stewardship for the future of the planet! We’re proud of the positive difference we’re making at each of our global locations with environmental stewardship and are privileged to be part of the sustainability solution for the worldwide broiler and breeder industry via our contribution with sustainable and efficient genetics.

Cobb Cares in Action

Learn more about team members involved in environmental stewardship projects and partnerships to improve the planet

Matheus Brandt CCIA environment

Matheus Augusto Cividanes Brandt (South America)

Role: Environmental Manager

Cobb TM since 2020

Action: Provides oversight for sustainability and environmental programs; ensures compliance with environmental regulations; promotes improvements in the company's processes to increase efficiency and reduce environmental impacts of operations.

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Sommer Barnes (North America)

Role: Environmental, Health and Safety Manager

Cobb TM since 2013

Action: Provides oversight for setting environmental impact goals, tracking sustainability and company efforts to protect the environment; implements and monitors company’s environmental programs and best practices; educates team members on how to minimize environmental impact; participates in partnerships with local, state and federal environmental agencies to ensure company compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

Jason Wen CCIA environment

Jason Wen (Asia-Pacific)

Role: Environmental, Health and Safety Manager

Cobb TM since 2019

Action: Provides oversight for environmental, health and safety program for company farms and hatcheries in China; implements and monitors company’s environmental programs to ensure compliance with company policies and national regulations; educates team members on best practices for environmental stewardship; ensures company compliance with local and national environmental laws and regulations

Scott Hanan CCIA environment

Scott Hanan (North America)

Role: Environmental, Health and Safety Senior Manager

Cobb TM since 1990

Action: Leads a team engaged in environmental audits, inspections and training programs to meet internal environmental standards and regulatory compliance; implements and monitors company’s environmental programs to achieve departmental goals related to environmental sustainability.

A Day in the Life

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Over 3000 trees have been planted as part of a community project in Brazil. This project is part of Cobb’s commitment to encourage environmental stewardship where our team members live and work. In this dedicated environmental education area, Cobb proactively planted 150 native species of trees and plants along marked trails in the forested area. This 11,000 square meter forest (approximately 3 acres) welcomes students and provides an interactive environmental education opportunity for youth to learn more about native species, environmental stewardship programs, and forestry conservation efforts as they visit the preserve.

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Approximately 2,500 seedlings are donated to the local community each year as part of Cobb’s focus on land and forestry stewardship. To facilitate this ongoing tree program, Cobb actively supports a plant nursery where the native seedlings are cultivated and then provided to community members. This is a unique initiative in which Cobb is helping plant the future for the local community.



As part of the company’s environmental stewardship program, we are actively evaluating the quantity of water used for personnel, poultry and operational needs at our farms and hatcheries. Reducing water use at our agriculture sites with advanced technology and improved genetics is part of our commitment to the UN SDG-13 (Climate Action) for all Cobb global locations. Additionally, we are implementing innovative measures to ensure that water leaving our facilities is collected, treated, and tested before the clean water is released into the natural environment.

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In Brazil, Cobb supports 3 early childcare centers that provide safe, enriching spaces for young children to grow, develop and learn. In addition to outdoor play areas at each childcare center, Cobb included toddler-friendly gardens to allow children to learn more about agriculture and how food is produced. Children experience sustainably grown herbs and vegetables that contribute to the nutritious, onsite meals at each preschool. This interactive addition to the centers is part of Cobb’s commitment to the UN SDG-4 (Quality Education).

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Cobb actively participates in timber management programs of pine and eucalyptus trees around each breeding farm in Brazil. These trees provide an effective biosecurity zone and also guarantee the preservation of native forests of the Brazilian Cerrado and Atlantic Forest biomes. These native forests represent large areas that harbor great biodiversity of the country's fauna and flora.



Cobb is a founding member of the US Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs (US-RSPE). This multi-stakeholder organization focuses on efforts to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in sustainability for the poultry value chain.