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Illinois Employees Participate in a Community Volunteer Workday

A few of our employees recently reinforced our commitment to helping communities with their participation in a Community Volunteer Workday event at Whalon Lake in Naperville, Illinois.

Eighty-four Saratoga Food Specialties employees volunteered a combined total of 245 hours helping to preserve native plants and wildlife in the Will County Forest Preserve District by clearing trails and removing brush and garbage from the forest. These volunteers were joined by almost 500 other employee volunteers from area businesses, all working with the goal of improving and preserving the community.

The Forest Preserve District’s mission is to preserve and protect wildlife and open spaces for the enjoyment of future generations. They organize sustainability-related volunteer events, preserve hiking trails and provide conservation education to the community.

We are proud to support organizations such as this whose sustainability values align with ours.

You can learn more about the Community Volunteer Workday event at http://thetimesweekly.com/news/2015/apr/15/earth-day-hikes-farm-tour-work-day-planned-county/

Nathan’s Famous Honors Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth Texas strives to make it possible for all kids in the community to stay active and healthy while having fun at the same time.

Our brand, Nathan’s Famous, recently teamed up with NASCAR® driver, Aric Almirola, to celebrate the Boys & Girls Club for these efforts and for their community leadership by honoring them before the race at Texas Motor Speedway. In addition to the recognition, Almirola surprised the Boys & Girls Club with a $1,000 H-E-B gift card for the purchase of groceries, courtesy of Nathan’s Famous.

Nathan’s Famous has been supporting the Boys and Girls Club since 2014 through their creation of the Ready. Set. Play. initiative, in partnership with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit. The program focuses on bringing balanced and active play to kids across the country by building community playgrounds, celebrating active lifestyles and hosting play days throughout America.

“Nathan’s Famous is all about fun, family and community,” said Mike Paribello, sr. director of marketing, Nathan’s Famous. “We are really proud of our Ready. Set. Play. partnership with KaBOOM! and are thrilled to champion active play by donating $1,000 in free groceries to Jim and the children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.nathansfamous.com/kaboom

Animex Clean-Up Day

Our commitments to helping communities and the environment apply to our entire organization across the globe. Animex, our European subsidiary, recently conducted a clean-up day at Animex’s Morliny production plant in Morliny, Poland.

Animex involved students from the School of Agriculture in an educational community clean-up day. The day began with the students picking up garbage and debris near the production plant. Following that, Morliny’s Investment and Environmental Manager Edmund Kozlowski, gave the students an informative seminar on lifestyle choices that can help protect and conserve the environment.

Not only was the event a great way to improve and give back to the community, but it also served as an opportunity to educate young people on the impact their behaviors have on their surroundings, and the importance of caring for the environment.  

Carando® Classic Italian Meats Serves Lunch to Hometown Heroes

How do you show appreciation for the people who devote their lives to keeping your community safe? Serving them a home-cooked meal is always a great option!

That’s exactly what Carando® Classic Italian Meats, a Smithfield Foods brand, did for the over 200 men and women of the Springfield, Mass., police department. These hometown heroes were treated to an early Easter lunch, featuring Carando premium dinner hams.

Carando’s Sr. Brand Manager Mike Sargent says, “We’ve seen their acts of kindness and courage within our city. They’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep our friends and families safe and we certainly appreciate that. We’re proud to honor them with an Easter lunch.”

The meal was courtesy of “Carando Cares”, an ongoing campaign started in 2013 to recognize people who make a positive impact in New England communities. Through this initiative, Carando also has supported Boston’s fire stations, Shriners Hospital for Children-Boston, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, Springfield firefighters and Barnes Air National Guard. 

 

Farmland® Donates 80,000 Pounds of Protein to Local Families

As a food company, we are focused on alleviating hunger across the country through our initiative Helping Hungry Homes®.

Recently our brand, Farmland®, donated 80,000 pounds of protein to Missouri food banks. The donation was shared between two organizations with 40,000 pounds to Harvesters Community Food Network in Kansas City, and the other 40,000 to the St. Louis Area Food Bank. This donation demonstrates our company’s ongoing commitment to fighting hunger in American families.

Food banks often lack sufficient protein and meat donations. Not only are they delicious, but meat options are an important and nutritious part of meals, and are greatly appreciated by people and families in need.

Our company has a strong history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs and fighting food relief in the wake of natural disasters. In fiscal 2013, we donated 8.4 million servings of food.

 

 

 

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.

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