Smithfield Foods Inc. has announced that it is making progress on its core sustainability programs, which are detailed on its updated website www.smithfieldcommitments.com. The company’s sustainability program is built around six pillars: Animal Care, Employees, Environment, Food Safety & Quality, Helping Communities and, added this year, Value Creation. The company’s progress in 2012 includes:
- Each independent operating company has introduced new packaging reduction projects.
- Normalized greenhouse gas emissions were down 11% since fiscal 2008.
- 100% of facilities dedicated to producing meat for human consumption were certified to the Global Food Safety Initiative.
- Contributions of more than $1.2 million were made to education programs that benefit Smithfield Foods’ employees and their children.
- 2012 was Smithfield’s second most profitable year, topped only by 2011.
“At Smithfield Foods, we believe that being transparent about our sustainability goals and achievements is absolutely critical to demonstrating that we are a responsible business. Posting our annual results—whether good or bad—shows our commitment to producing good food responsibly,” said Dennis H. Treacy, Smithfield’s Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer.