Smithfield Foods is one of the latest companies in the industry to announce its ambitious sustainability efforts. Recently, the company committed to becoming carbon negative in all U.S. company-owned operations by 2030. Smithfield states it will reduce GHG emissions across its entire domestic supply chain by 30 percent by 2030.
“Our latest commitments underscore Smithfield’s perennial dedication to sustainability,” said Stewart Leeth, Chief Sustainability Officer. “Following an unprecedented year, Smithfield carries a renewed sense of purpose in our calling to responsibly produce food and ensure access to affordable, high-quality protein for the growing global population. Through the significant efforts we have undertaken through our sustainability program, we are continuing to realize this call through initiatives that create value for our company and for our stakeholders.”
This new goal builds on the company’s prior pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its domestic supply chain by 25 percent by 2025. Smithfield also announced that it will obtain 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power, over the same time period.
The new commitments are just two of many included in the company’s newly launched 2020 Sustainability Impact Report, which features project updates and refreshed goals and targets across an expanded sustainability platform encompassing seven core pillars: animal care; diversity, equity, and inclusion; environmental stewardship; food safety and quality; health and wellness; helping local communities; and worker health and safety.
Last year, noted the release, the company transformed its “People” sustainability pillar into two new, standalone pillars to align with its priorities to ensure worker health and safety and embody a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. A third new pillar was introduced to highlight Smithfield’s designated efforts supporting health and wellness.
“Our latest climate targets, newly added priorities, and refreshed commitments build on nearly two decades of sustainability leadership,” said Leeth. “Our new report reflects our progress to date and outlines important new strategic priorities and commitments for the future aimed at further improving our sustainable practices from farm to facility to fork.”
Some commitments and accomplishments included in Smithfield’s 2020 report include:
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Food Safety and Quality:
Health & Wellness:
Worker Health & Safety:
To learn more about Smithfield’s 2020 Sustainability Impact Report click here.
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