Tosh Farms of Henry, TN, a leading producer of pork and grain, has been recognized with the Customer Diversity and Inclusion Award from Zoetis. The annual award recognizes customers who promote an environment exhibiting inclusive behavior and respect for all.
Lucina Galina, DVM, PhD, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis, nominated Tosh Farms for this award after working with owner and CEO Jimmy Tosh to engage the swine farm's growing Hispanic workforce and offer all employees the best chance of success at the farm.
"As the number of Hispanic employees continues to increase on his farm, Mr. Tosh expressed his interest in laying a foundation to increase engagement and productivity among all his employees," Galina says. "Mr. Tosh began with a thorough review of his operation to identify the areas needing improvement."
With help from Zoetis, the review recommended ways to improve hiring, on-boarding and training for both English- and Spanish-speaking employees, such as training in an employee's native language. Tosh also looks forward to enrolling his managers in the PeopleFirst™ program to help with increasing employee engagement, decreasing turnover, increasing productivity and improving animal care throughout the farm.
"I am truly honored to receive this award," Tosh says. "I want to do what's right for my employees, for my operation and for our future. I am very thankful for all the help that Zoetis has provided me."
"I recently interviewed several employees at Tosh Farms," Galina adds. "They are grateful for the opportunity to work for Mr. Tosh and the inclusive, family atmosphere that's developing. Mr. Tosh has plans for additional programs to help his operation and continues to ask for more recommendations that will add to the farm's bright future."
The Zoetis Customer Diversity and Inclusion Award was developed through the company's Diversity and Inclusion Council, which is comprised of all U.S. business units that are dedicated to improving education and diversity for the company and its customers.
Zoetis  (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on a 60-year history as the animal health business of Pfizer, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. In 2012, the company generated annual revenues of $4.3 billion. With approximately 9,300 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2013, Zoetis has a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 29 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. For more information on the company, visit www.zoetisus.com .