We are excited to release the environment section of our 2017 Sustainability Report, highlighting our company’s progress in reducing our environmental impact while growing our operations responsibly to meet the growing global demand for pork. We had a significant year of achievements in 2017 of which we are quite proud!
At Smithfield, our supply chain begins at the farms that grow grain for our pigs. It incorporates our vertically integrated hog farming operations, our processing plants and the third-party transportation network that brings finished products to retail stores and restaurants. We work within our supply chain to make sure we provide consumers with quality foods produced in a responsible manner. By addressing environmental concerns in every facet of our business, we are able to get one step closer to our goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25 percent by 2025 and reach our 2020 environmental targets.
This section of our 2017 Sustainability Report details our industry-leading environmental programs and initiatives, such as:
- Innovative practices and platforms, including Smithfield Renewables, to help us achieve our commitment to reducing GHG emissions 25 percent by 2025 throughout our entire supply chain—the first commitment of its kind by a protein company.
- Eight certified zero-waste-to-landfill facilities that save the company nearly $273,000 per year, with five more facilities expected to be certified by the end of 2018.
- Projects recognized by our internal awards program that reduced water use by more than 86 million gallons and diverted more than 30 million pounds of waste from landfills in 2017. These, along with other environmental achievements, helped the company save an estimated $128 million over the past five years in operating costs.
- Eighty third-party awards recognizing our environmental sustainability achievements in 2017.
Here are more highlights from our environment section in this infographic:
The next section of our report about food safety and quality will be coming soon—keep an eye out! Also, in case you missed the release of our animal care section, click here, and you can click here in case you were unable to attend the sustainability webinar I recently hosted.
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer
Smithfield Foods, Inc.