Smithfield Foods Inc. recognized select facilities and employees for efforts in 2016 that led the company to achieve success across its sustainability pillars: Animal Care, Environment, Food Safety & Quality, Helping Communities, and People. Smithfield recognized the winners earlier this month at its annual Environmental and Sustainability Excellence Awards program.
The facilities honored for the awards program helped the company save more than 86.5 million gallons of water, more than 18.8 million kilowatts of electricity, more than 39,000 dekatherms of natural gas and reduced more than 30.3 million pounds of solid waste generation in 2016. In addition to these achievements, employees volunteered more than 2,622 volunteer hours for charitable causes.
“It is the collective dedication of more than 50,000 Smithfield employees that has made our sustainability program what it is today,” says Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods. “We’re industry leaders because of the efforts and innovative approach of our Smithfield family, from caring for animals and the environment, to helping one another and our communities.”
During the Environmental and Sustainability Excellence Awards ceremony, Smithfield president and chief executive officer, Kenneth M. Sullivan, recognized employees who have developed innovative, environmentally sustainable solutions within company facilities throughout the year. The ceremony is part of a larger training conference designed to further engage employees in Smithfield’s sustainability efforts, including a boot camp and breakout sessions as well as presentations from Smithfield leadership that covered a variety of topics from air quality to charitable giving.
In addition to the award-winning projects listed below, more information about Smithfield’s sustainability program can be found in the company’s 2016 Sustainability Report available at smithfieldfoods.com/2016report.