Smithfield Foods is proud to receive awards and other forms of recognition for our commitment to sustainability. The following are just some of the ways in which our efforts have been recognized recently by leading companies and organizations:
American Meat Institute Awards
Smithfield Foods received a total of 62 environmental and worker safety awards from the American Meat Institute (AMI) in 2012. The AMI commended 26 Smithfield facilities for their safety efforts. Five of them received the Worker Safety Award of Honor, the AMI’s highest-level award. Another 36 Smithfield Foods facilities received Environmental Recognition Awards, which are bestowed upon organizations that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing innovative plant upgrades or environmental programs.
Claremont McKenna College “A+” Ranking for Sustainability Reporting
The Roberts Environmental Center of Claremont McKenna College has been the foremost analyst of corporate sustainability reporting for more than a decade. The center analyzes corporate sustainability disclosure information using its Pacific Sustainability Index (PSI) and publishes the results annually on its Web site. In reviewing the Smithfield Foods 2009/10 Corporate Social Responsibility Report and the company’s 2010 Web site pages, the Roberts Environmental Center gave Smithfield’s sustainability report the highest mark possible among sustainability reports from the world’s largest food and beverage companies.
The FTSE4Good Index Series has been designed to objectively measure the performance of companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards. Smithfield Foods has been included in the index every year since 2006. In the latest FTSE4Good environmental, social, and governance ratings, Smithfield received an overall score of 86 out of 100. The score measures performance on a number of themes, including environmental management, climate change, human and labor rights, and corporate governance.
Richard L. Knowlton Innovation Award
In 2012, Smithfield Foods Chief Executive Officer Larry Pope was honored with the Knowlton Award from Meatingplace magazine. A leading industry publication, the magazine presented the award to Mr. Pope for his “outstanding contributions to the meat industry in the areas of leadership, enterprise, and service.”
Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes
The Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes evaluate company performance in climate-related innovation and carbon management. Smithfield Foods moved up 10 spots in the rankings in 2012 to 166th out of the 360 largest U.S. companies on the list. Maplecroft said Smithfield scored well above average in the “Emissions Reductions” category, achieving the highest score in the food industry subsector. Additionally, our “selected strengths” included our participation in the National Pork Board’s study and analysis of the carbon footprint of pork and the company’s annual Environmental Training Conference for employees.
McDonald’s Best of Sustainable Supply
Smithfield Foods was selected by McDonald’s Corporation as one of the restaurant chain’s 2012 Best of Sustainable Supply Chain winners for our ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of our employees. Smithfield Foods was one of 51 companies honored by McDonald’s out of more than 400 entries worldwide. Our behavioral risk improvement process helped us earn a spot on this list, which showcases companies with innovative and effective ways to address challenges around food sources, the environment, communities, and employee wellness.
Newsweek 2011 Green Rankings
Smithfield qualified for the Newsweek Green Rankings in 2010 and advanced on the magazine’s 2011 list of U.S. companies. The Green Rankings comprehensively assess the environmental performance of the largest publicly traded companies in America and around the world. Published annually since 2009, this project is the first effort by a major media organization to rank companies based on their actual environmental footprint, management of that footprint, and sustainability communications. The rankings provide a reliable, cross-industry framework for comparing the environmental commitment and performance of major companies.
Virginia Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality administers state and federal laws and regulations for air quality, water quality, water supply, and land protection. Winners of its Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards must demonstrate a record of sustained compliance. In 2012, two facilities of our Smithfield Packing Company subsidiary—in Portsmouth and Smithfield—earned a total of three honorable mentions.