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An Earth Day Message from Our CSO

Dennis Treacy Smithfield FoodsEach year, I send out a note on Earth Day. The main reason is that the day has a special meaning to me. I remember the original Earth Day back in 1970, and while much has changed since then (thankfully, even my hairstyle), some things have not. The original Earth Day was all about making a difference. That thought still motivates many of us today. Even back then, we knew that change wasn’t easy—it doesn’t happen overnight, and is never as thorough or painless as we would like–but it is possible.  

I’ve been able to witness quite a bit of that type of change here at Smithfield since I joined the company back in 2001. We’ve come a long way from being known as a bad actor for our environmental record, to leading the industry by becoming the first to be ISO 14001 certified, and not getting a single notice of violation from Quote_Commitments_Earth Daythe government on any of our farms for over 4 years. Our notices of violation at our plants have also been dramatically reduced, and we’ve also reduced our energy use, water use, and solid wastes quite a bit. It hasn’t been easy, but real and lasting change never is. It takes the dedication and creativity of many people working together for a common goal to accomplish what we’ve been able to these last few years. I’m very proud of how far we’ve come as a company. But I’ll also be the first to tell you that we are not perfect, and are nowhere near finished. We still have lots of work to do and will continue to push forward over the months and years ahead.

My message to you on this Earth Day 2014 is to “keep the faith.” There are likely many things you hope to change in your life, in your community, in your workplace, and in the environment. Change is slow, but it often starts with the ideas, dedication, and hard work of one individual. You have the power and the responsibility to make a difference, which is simultaneously both empowering and sobering. You cannot change everything, but you do have the ability and responsibility to change something for the better, and to make a difference. I encourage you not to ignore this fact, and to take some time today to think about how you can be an agent of positive change in your workplace and in your personal life over the coming months and years.


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Dennis H. Treacy

EVP & Chief Sustainability Officer

Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Murphy-Brown Employees Help to Green the Muscadine Festival

North Carolina may have cultivated its first grape back in 1524, but Murphy-Brown employees brouMuscadine Festivalght a new reason to celebrate at the annual North Carolina Muscadine Festival this year.

A group of 10 volunteers put out recycle barrels to collect empty glass bottles during the Festival, totaling 1 ton glass bottles collected.

The volunteers were thanked by the festival organizers for helping them “go green.” Their efforts helped clean up the festival grounds and most of the waste was able to be recycled.

Food Safety Is At the Root of What We Do

All of us in the Smithfield Foods family of companies recognize that our most important daily activity is to produce the safest pork products in the world. It’s our highest priority. After all, this is the same food that we feed to our friends and families.

From our farms and processing plants to your table, Smithfield utilizes our industry’s most stringent food safety standards to ensure the pork and packaged foods you serve to your family are of the highest quality. We regularly work with our industry, government agencies and independent experts to make sure our rigorous food safety practices include the most current, science-based procedures.

All across our operations, we have dozens of professionals whose sole responsibility is to ensure the safety and quality of our products. And government inspectors routinely visit our facilities to grade our performance.

We invite you to view our latest food safety video at this link.     

Utah’s “Daily Herald” Focuses on Manure to Energy

The “Daily Herald” in Provo, UT recently featured a piece about our manure to energy project in the state. Read the article here.

“The Kansas City Star” Publishes Article About Our Manure to Energy Project

The Kansas City Star wrote an article that highlighted our recent manure to energy project in Missouri. Take a look at the article here.

“USA Today” Highlights Our Sow Housing Conversion

USA Today recently wrote an article highlighting our progress on sow housing. You can read the article for yourself here.

Sow Housing Conversion Progress Update and Contract Grower Participation

In 2007 we made an industry-leading commitment to convert our company-owned farms in the U.S. to group housing systems for pregnant sows by 2017. We are excited to announce that at the end of 2013, Murphy-Brown LLC, our hog production subsidiary, will be more than halfway finished with a reported 54% complete.

To further demonstrate our commitment to animal care, we, along with Murphy-Brown, are encouraging all contract sow growers to convert their facilities to group housing systems. We believe converting to group housing will benefit growers by adding value to their farm and better serve the needs of our customers, many of whom plan in the future to source pork from suppliers who utilize group housing.

Although the conversion of contract sow growers’ facilities to group housing systems is being encouraged, it is not mandatory. If growers choose not to participate, their current contracts with Murphy-Brown will remain unchanged, although extensions are less likely.

Additionally, two of our international hog production subsidiaries, AgriPlus and Smithfield Ferme, completed their conversions to group housing facilities a number of years ago. Our international hog production operations will complete their conversions to group housing systems on company-owned farms by 2022.

Animal care is one of our core sustainability commitments, and we are proud of our employee and company efforts to meet this goal.

Want to learn more about our progress? Check out our year-by-year transition chart  or watch our sow housing video.

Armour-Eckrich Employees Join the City of Omaha in a ‘World O! Water’

WWMC--Armour Eckrich PhotoKeep Omaha Beautiful annually hosts the World O! Water event to educate the public about water conservation, quality and recreation. The event includes numerous educational activities, demonstrations and exhibitors for people of all ages. Over 1,000 people attended the event this year.

Armour-Eckrich Omaha Facility employees and their families hosted several booths at the event including an informational booth and lake water testing. Supporting the World Water Monitoring Challenge, the volunteers helped perform approximately 50 tests on lake water with participants including many from the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. The group also provided and cooked hot dogs for the free lunch provided to guests. 

“The Guardian” Spotlights Our Manure to Energy Projects

The Guardian recently published an article highlighting some of our efforts in creating energy from hog manure.

You can read the article here

Smithfield and YMCA Help Students Find ‘Bright Beginnings’

Bright BeginningsFor any young student, a new school year brings exciting possibilities and getting off to a good start makes all the difference. This fall, Smithfield Packing (one of our subsidiaries) and the YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program hosted a shopping spree at Kohl’s for thirty local students from Isle of Wight County.  Read More

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A Response to Food, Inc.

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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Congrats to our #eckrich brand for breaking the world record for most sandwiches made in one hour! They made 2,706! #baconlovers #operationhomefront #hopetheywerehungry

Congrats to our #eckrich brand for breaking the world record for most sandwiches made in one hour! They made 2,706! #baconlovers #operationhomefront #hopetheywerehungry















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