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Table 1 The 35 largest animal agriculture companies in the world, their emissions (GRAIN 2018), along with the company’s current percentage of greenhouse gas emissions relative to their headquarter (HQ) countries, and how these percentages would change if the companies were to operate under a business-as-usual scenario and their headquarter countries were to reduce their emissions levels to meet their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted as part of the Paris Agreement (“% of NDC” column; again, this assumes the company’s direct and indirect emissions are attributed to the headquarter country, which is not the current conception of attribution under the Paris Agreement). We also examined whether each company had a net-zero GHG emissions plan

From: The climate responsibilities of industrial meat and dairy producers

Company (ranked by emissions) Animal products Company emissions (MT CO2-eq) HQ country Country NDC (MtCO2-eq) Current % of country GHG % of NDC Net-zero target?
JBS Beef, pork, chicken 280.0 Brazil 1723.2 20.6 18.6 No
Tyson Beef, pork, chicken 118.1 USA 4876.0 2.0 2.8 No
Cargill Beef, chicken 86.3 USA 4876.0 1.5 2.0 No
DFA Dairy 52.2 USA 4876.0 0.9 1.2 Yes
Fonterra Dairy 41.5 New Zealand 38.9 74.3 129.7 No
National Beef Beef 41.5 USA 4876.0 0.7 1.0 No
Marfrig Beef, pork, chicken 40.0 Brazil 1723.2 2.9 2.7 No
Minerva Beef 34.7 Brazil 1723.2 2.6 2.3 No
Smithfield Pork 30.1 China 2818.0 0.3 1.2 No
Lactalis Dairy 23.9 France 314.1 5.5 9.2 No
BRF Pork, chicken 23.1 Brazil 1723.2 1.7 1.6 No
Arla Dairy 22.4 Denmark 45.2 42.4 60.2 No
Nestlé Dairy 22.1 Switzerland 26.2 48.5 102.4 Yes
FrieslandCampina Dairy 19.9 Netherlands 136.0 9.9 17.8 No
Dean Dairy 19.1 USA 4876.0 0.3 0.4 No
Danish Crown Beef, pork 16.5 Denmark 45.2 29.0 42.1 Yes
Vion Food Group Beef, pork 15.2 Netherlands 136.0 7.5 13.0 No
California Dairies Dairy 14.3 USA 4876.0 0.2 0.3 No
Saputo Dairy 14.3 Canada 498.2 2.1 3.5 No
Danone Dairy 14.3 France 314.1 3.3 5.5 Yes
DMK Dairy 12.3 Germany 732.2 1.4 2.0 No
New Hope Group Pork, chicken 12.2 China 2818.0 0.1 0.6 No
Tönnies Pork 10.9 Germany 732.2 1.2 1.7 No
Yurun Group Pork 10.3 China 2818.0 0.1 0.4 No
Guangdong Wens Pork, chicken 10.3 China 2818.0 0.1 0.5 No
Groupe Bigard Beef, pork 10.2 France 314.1 2.4 3.9 No
NH Foods Beef, pork, chicken 8.7 Japan 992.0 0.7 1.1 No
Hormel Pork 8.1 USA 4876.0 0.1 0.2 No
Coren Group Pork, chicken 6.7 Spain 149.0 2.4 5.2 No
CP Group Pork, chicken 6.3 Thailand 188.9 2.7 4.7 No
ABP Beef 5.4 Ireland 37.1 8.1 17.5 No
Perdue Farms Chicken 3.7 USA 4876.0 0.1 0.1 No
Bachoco Chicken 3.7 Mexico 478.7 0.6 1.1 No
Koch Foods Chicken 3.4 USA 4876.0 0.1 0.1 No
ACOLID Chicken 3.3 Saudi Arabia 409.1 0.6 1.1 No