Tyson Foods refines its sustainability goals

SPRINGDALE, ARK. – As Tyson Foods reflected on progress toward previously set goals for the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments, it made sense to use this time as an opportunity to look ahead. Thus, the company’s 2021 Sustainability Report shows Tyson’s continued focus on its employees and communities, promoting product responsibility and striving to conserve natural resources.

“Our world continues to evolve, and because of this, we have taken a thoughtful approach to reassessing our ESG strategy and renewing our key focus areas to better reflect our journey towards creating a more sustainable food system” , said John R. Tyson, senior executive. Vice President, Strategy & Chief Sustainability Officer, in the report. “At the end of 2021, we started mapping and prioritizing ESG issues that are of substantial interest to our business and our stakeholders. The three renewed pillars of our ESG strategy, the Formula to Feed to Future, encompass these key opportunities. »

Tyson began working on long-term goals for 2030 metrics in 2021. The company engaged various internal and external partners to identify significant issues where opportunities could be addressed. Based on this review, the company refined the pillars of its Formula to Feed the Future strategy, which expanded the focus areas that Tyson committed to positively impact.

“These focus areas are built on a solid foundation of corporate governance, business ethics, supply chain management, data privacy and cybersecurity,” the company said.

Other key achievements supporting Tyson Foods’ Formula to Feed the Future framework include:

Talent attraction and development:

  • Invested more than $500 million in pay raises and bonuses for the company’s hourly workforce, including $50 million in one-time thank you bonuses paid at the end of the year.
  • Expanded the Upward Academy adult education program to provide all Team USA members with free education through a $60 million investment over four years.
  • DEI: Creation of a position of Director of Diversity and maintenance of compensation measures for the company’s leaders linked to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Human Rights and Labor Relations: Committed $1 million through the Tyson Immigration Partnership to expand legal and civic support to team members across the country by ensuring everyone has access to training, education and legal support to become a U.S. citizen and welcome members of the communities in which Tyson operates.

Health, safety and well-being: Achieved a COVID-19 vaccination rate of more than 96% among the company’s U.S. workforce by the target date of November 1, 2021, as part of the company’s commitment to keeping employees safe , their families and plant communities.

Community investment: Donated more than 16 million pounds of protein – valued at $36 million and equivalent to 64 million meals – to support food banks, pantries and hunger relief organizations.

Driving product responsibility from farm to fork:

  • Product innovation: Achieved a total investment of more than $100 million in Tyson Ventures to support startups and other companies focused on emerging proteins, new technologies for food and worker safety, and sustainable production.
  • Sustainable packaging: Tested sustainable packaging solutions for several products and began testing validation of new recyclable pulp fiber trays to replace traditional foam trays.
  • Animal health and welfare: Integrated Five Domains animal welfare framework into global operations and became the first beef processor to join the US CattleTrace program.
  • Nutrition, access and affordability: Expanded our portfolio with several innovative new options, including Tyson Air Fried Chicken Bites, Tyson Chicken Sausages, and Raised and Rooted Plant-Based Bites.
  • Product quality and safety: We continued to deliver on our commitment to produce safe, high-quality food that complies with all applicable laws and strict quality, safety and sustainability requirements. We also require food contact packaging suppliers to be certified and adhere to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) guidelines for food contact packaging.

Work to preserve natural resources and achieve net zero:

  • Climate action: Stated ambition to achieve net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, by 2050.
  • Land Stewardship: Development of a beef-based GHG emissions accounting framework to capture cradle-to-gate emissions and verify emission reductions through more sustainable agricultural practices.
  • water stewardship: Obtained Alliance for Water Stewardship verification for three American factories.
  • Waste reduction: Achieved Zero Waste to Landfill gold level validation at six US factories where 95-99% of certain waste streams were diverted from landfills.

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