Perdue Farms and Penn State Smeal College of Business are tackling some of our world’s biggest issues head-on in a new powerhouse partnership. With the goal of creating a transformative change to food and agriculture, the new partnership will see Perdue Farms join the Penn State University Smeal Center for the Business of Sustainability as a Founding Member, granting the protein provider access to sustainability-focused research and education services.
“At Perdue, we believe in responsible food and agriculture and have been at the forefront of many industry initiatives to address environmental, social, and health concerns related to the poultry industry,” said Steve Levitsky, Perdue Farms Vice President of Sustainability. “As we celebrate our 100th year in business, we are honored to become a founding member of the Penn State Smeal Center for the Business of Sustainability to further our commitment to environmental stewardship. This mutually beneficial partnership will allow us to work closely with the university and have access to their world-class research that can help to inform some of our environmental innovations to create a more sustainable future.”
According to a press release, Perdue Farms brings 100 years of business acumen in the poultry, premium meat, and agriculture oil and grain industry, while Penn State is a university with agriculture steeped into its DNA. Together, the two will work to cultivate the best practices and leaders that enable corporations to implement multi-dimensional, scalable business solutions.
“We are excited to add a company with the history and reputation of Perdue Farms to our growing list of founding members,” said Erik Foley, Director of the Penn State University Smeal Center. “Perdue has long been an industry leader in responsible food and agriculture, and its commitment to consider the environment in every business decision is a stance we heartily embrace.”
The two companies will also be considering new and exciting approaches to business challenges and accounting for the social and environmental impact of decision making. In conjunction, the Smeal faculty will conduct research; integrate leading-edge concepts into undergraduate and graduate curriculum; host events aimed at bringing together managers, executives, faculty, and students; and partner with investors, business managers, NGOs, and governments to host business plan competitions focused on market-based sustainable development solutions, as noted in a press release.
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