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Earth Day 2015 – A Message from Dennis Treacy

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As many of you know, Earth Day is a day when I take time to reflect, and a day when I generally send a message to you. As I thought about the significance of the day yesterday I realized that here at Smithfield, every day is Earth Day, so I opted to wait until today to send you this note. From where I sit, I’m extremely optimistic about the current state and the future of Smithfield as a company. We’ve certainly been through a lot of changes in the past couple years, but I think we are stronger for it, and one of the things I’m most thankful for that has come out of these changes is Larry’s 6 pillar vision for the organization.

As I wear my Chief Sustainability Officer hat, I’ve given a lot of thought to how Larry’s pillars might apply to my team, and to each of you. Because as you all know, our progress towards our sustainability goals isn’t something that happens here in the corporate office—it happens where you are. You’re the ones doing the hard work to make us better each day, and I’m thankful for it. So in that vein, here are some thoughts on how those pillars might apply to sustainability here at Smithfield and to you personally.

  1. We will be people oriented. We strive to create a work environment where you feel comfortable that your company is doing the right thing, and where you are proud to serve Smithfield’s products to your family and friends because you know we operate in a responsible manner. While we are not perfect, we have made tremendous progress. I also encourage you to be people-oriented in your personal life—constantly thinking of others, and working to their benefit as well as your own.
  2. We will Smithfield-centric. Our sustainability program spans the breadth of our organization, and galvanizes us under one umbrella, which is right in line with the “One Smithfield” mindset.
  3. We will focus on our customers. Sustainability is top of mind for our customers. I go meet with many of them personally, and I can tell you that our programs and efforts in this area are a point of difference for Smithfield, and give us a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
  4. We will grow our people, brands, footprint, product breadth and profits. Sustainability and growth go hand-in hand. If we effectively utilize our resources, we are poised for growth.
  5. We will take risks to succeed. We aren’t going to make any progress in sustainability if we are too scared to take a risk. To do something differently, and potentially to fail. Believe me, we’ve had some failures in our sustainability work—some of them quite big. Please take a risk, even a small one, to make our company a better place to work and to make our communities better places to live.
  6. We will be the industry leader. I think we have a head start on this goal in sustainability, since others in our industry already do view us as a leader in this area. We are the only company in our industry to be ISO 14001 certified at each of our plants, and at each of our farms. We are the only company in our industry to report our antibiotic use. We are also leading the industry in our commitment to group housing for pregnant sows on our farms and our contract farms. You work for an industry leader in sustainability, and you should feel good about that.

So, be encouraged. There is a lot of “doom and gloom” out there when it comes to the state of our world or our environmental future, but I’m excited about where we are headed. Those who know me well will know that I never like to dwell in the past, but would rather think about the future. And while I think we will certainly maintain our heritage and our sustainability story, I’m ready to move ahead to the next chapters of Smithfield’s history, and I’m excited to work together with you to make this vision a reality.

 Sincerely,

Dennis H. Treacy
EVP and Chief Sustainability Officer 

So what does Good food. Responsibly.® mean?

It’s our company’s mantra. It’s how we conduct business. We’re a global food company with a small-town heart that’s proud to deliver delicious, quality products the right way. We’re proud to say we do it the right way, treating animals, people and the environment with respect. Let’s break it down.

Good food is the great connector. It links us to people and families and unites our communities. We all gather around the table and enjoy the good food we eat while conversing with those around us. Food brings us all together.

Responsibly is how we create that good food. It’s a journey, but each day we are working towards creating our popular pork products sustainably. Being sustainable is integrated into our culture here at Smithfield. Sustainability isn’t a buzzword, it’s a way of life. We define it by our six pillars: Animal Care, Food Safety & Quality, Employees, Environment, Helping Communities and Value Creation.

Good food. Responsibly.® is our commitment to providing quality products you know and love in a responsible way.

Smithfield Foods and Brands Now Unified Under “One Smithfield”

Earlier this year we made the exciting announcement that our company has realigned to unify all of our independent-operating companies, brands and more than 48,000 employees under one corporate umbrella in order to form “One Smithfield”. 

By harmonizing our brands and streamlining our resources, we are better positioned to further our mission of offering Good food. Responsibly. This will allow us to most efficiently and effectively use our management and talent to produce, market and sell our vast range of products. C. Larry Pope, Smithfield’s President and CEO explains that, “The steps we are taking today build on our strong momentum and successes as we continue to solidify Smithfield’s position as a global leader in branded packaged meats.”

With these changes, we continue our promise to be “The same old Smithfield, but better.” Consumers still will be provided with the same brands they know and love. Employees will all keep their jobs, and all of our plants and offices will stay open. This internal realignment simply strengthens our ability to maintain our quality products and offer rewarding jobs to 48,000 employees worldwide.

We are thrilled and hopeful about the continued success this change will bring to our company, our consumers and our community. 

 

 

Are You Helping Hungry Homes® this Year?

More than 35 million Americans live in households considered to be food insecure.

As a food company, we understand the benefits of access to proper nutrition on a regular basis. Unfortunately, millions of Americans don’t have that access, and, as a result, they lack the nutritional benefits that many of us take for granted.

Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s initiative focused on alleviating hunger across the country. In fiscal 2013, Helping Hungry Homes provided 8.4 million servings of food through food banks, school nutrition programs, disaster relief and community outreach programs.

By partnering with other charitable initiatives such as Al Roker’s “Lend a Hand” series, Helping Hungry Homes has had a positive impact on millions of families, but there is still so much to do.

If you want to help the hungry this year, there’s a lot you can do–even from home. Start with looking through your pantry and donating any unwanted goods to the food bank. If your grocery store has a hunger initiative, throw a few extra food items in your cart as you shop and donate them on the way out.

You can even gather a group of friends or coworkers together to box up with canned goods and/or non-perishable food items like diapers, toiletries, hats, gloves and scarves, and deliver them to a nearby homeless shelter.

Finally, if you should find the time, volunteer a little time; it feels great to give back to people in your community. Check online for hunger initiatives local to you, and keep an eye out this year for more Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes stories, because 8.4 million servings of food in a year is just the start.

Helping tomorrow’s environmentalists grow: Murphy-Brown sponsors the 2015 Area VII Environthon in North Carolina

Are you thinking what is an Envirothon? The program is a fun, hands-on, natural science academic competition for teams of middle and high school students sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

It’s an outdoor event where the teams compete in natural resources knowledge and an ecology field day. Students are tested on subject areas including aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife and current environmental issues.

This year-long curriculum combining in-class studies with outdoor training in ecology and natural resource management emphasizes teamwork and higher order thinking skills, such as analysis and interpretation. It helps develop interest in the environment with students who will assume future leadership roles.

Murphy-Brown is proud to be an annual sponsor of the Area VII Envirothon with a donation that helps provide lunch and a t-shirt to the 300+ participants.

“Mozaic Smithfield Romania” Newsletter Wins PR Award of Excellence

We want to extend a big congratulations to our Romanian subsidiaries Smithfield Prod, Smithfield Ferme and Agroalim, for their ongoing collaboration putting together their award-winning newsletter, “Mozaic Smithfield Romania.” The Mozaic recently won a Diploma of Excellence in a national public relations competition among Romanian communications professionals for 2014.

The newsletter was cited by an international jury of communicators for its creativity, innovation and impact. It has become a fun and effective way to educate employees about company initiatives and create connections throughout the company. Each issue covers a wide variety of topics about ISO Certification progress, safety training tips and employee interviews about personal and career goals, among other company happenings.

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Smithfield Romanian Team at the awards ceremony

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Diploma of Excellence Award the team received

 

Making us proud: Food Engineering magazine names Smithfield Foods its 2014 Sustainable Processor of the Year

Sustainability projects at three of our plants in Indiana, Illinois and North Carolina have earned Smithfield Foods the title 2014 Sustainable Processor of the Year by Food Engineering magazine.

This honor, featured in the November issue, is the first to focus on multiple plants rather than one Sustainable Plant of the Year, as in the past. This is because of our corporate priority to improve the sustainability of all our plants and to give back to the communities in which we’re located.

Two initiatives were recognized at John Morell Food Group’s Armour-Eckrich Meats plants in Peru, Ind.—one, a project to reduce the amount of wastewater sent to a public treatment plant, and the other on the facility’s achievement of zero-waste-to-landfill status—a first within our organization.

Also honored were our Saratoga Food Specialties operations in Bolingbrook, Ill., where multiple initiatives reduce energy and water use as well as the amount of waste to landfill, and a project at the Smithfield Farmland plant in Tar Heel, N.C., which utilized biogas from wastewater.

Food Engineering’s decision to feature multiple projects at Smithfield operating companies is further testament to the deep commitment to sustainability found throughout our business,” said Dennis Treacy, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer, Smithfield Foods. “We salute our colleagues for making us proud.”

“Just Means” Looks At Smithfield’s Sow Housing Transformation

GinafotoJIn a piece titled Smithfield Foods Phases Out Gestation Crates on the popular CSR and sustainability site, Gina-Marie Cheeseman discusses the gestation crate issue and looks at Smithfield’s progress.

Smithfield Foods Continues “Sustainability Stories” Web Series

Feedstuffs, an Agribusiness newspaper, wrote an article on our continued efforts with our Sustainability Stories. Click here to read the full article.

Smithfield Reflects on Sustainability

Our Sustainability Story about our environmental efforts at our plants was featured in an article by Meat & Poultry. Click here to read the full article.

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People sometimes ask us if we have a response to the movie Food, Inc. In this short video, our EVP and CSO Dennis Treacy provides insight as to why Smithfield did not talk to the movie producers and our perspective on the film. If you have questions about particular claims made in the movie, please ask us through our website http://www.smithfieldcommitments.com, or contact us through Twitter or Facebook.

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Smithfield Foods--A Chat with our Chief Sustainability Officer--Part 4: Our Investment

As we move forward with our sustainability initiatives, we need to take the concerns of our investors seriously. We have found an increasing level of interest among our investors in issues related to sustainability, and what we are doing as a company in this area.

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