Code of Conduct Ethical business is everyday business at Tyson Foods. After all, there is no right way to do the wrong thing. We strive to conduct our business in an ethical, honest manner and in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Based on the foundation of our Core Values, Tyson Foods has a Code of Conduct that applies to one-hundred percent of our board members and domestic Team Members, business divisions, and subsidiaries. Additionally, our company maintains an International Code of Conduct that applies to our international subsidiaries and is consistent with the Code of Conduct (the Code of Conduct and International Code of Conduct are collectively referred to as the “Code”). Both documents provide consistent direction on how we are to conduct ourselves with respect to key business requirements. The Code serve as a written guideline that helps us make good business decisions; it’s our guide to “Doing What’s Right.”

All Tyson Foods’ Team Members, including the Board of Directors, attend approximately one-hour of Ethics and Code of Conduct training annually. Team Members are instructed to ask themselves the following questions when they are uncertain about the proper course of action in a difficult situation:

  • Does it comply with Tyson Foods’ Core Values?
  • Is it the right thing to do?
  • Were others treated the way I want to be treated?
  • Would Tyson Foods or I be embarrassed if this action were reported in the newspaper?
  • Is it legal?

While the Code attempts to address the most common legal and ethical issues we might encounter, it’s understood it cannot provide guidance on every situation a Team Member may face during their business activities. When the Code isn’t enough, Team Members are encouraged to seek guidance from one of the resources listed within the Code.

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  • Tyson Foods’ Human Resources Department offers local “open door” avenues to help Team Members resolve areas of dispute and to report unethical activity. Team Members may also email the Tyson Foods’ Ethics and Compliance Department (
  • If Team Members or other stakeholders wish to anonymously and confidentially report a suspected violation or if they feel that they are being treated unfairly with respect to any matter, we offer the Tyson Help Line (1-888-301-7304) and the Tyson Web Line.

Collectively, these options are referred to as “Tell Tyson First” and are provided to uphold our commitment to our Core Values and protect the rights of Team Members and other stakeholders throughout our organization without fear of retaliation. We review all reports and concerns received and investigate and respond as appropriate.

The Code is administered by Tyson Foods’ Governance Committee, which is chaired by one of the independent directors on the Tyson Foods Board of Directors. This committee reviews and assesses the Code and recommends proposed changes to the Board for approval. The Governance Committee also meets with the company’s Ethics and Compliance Officer on a quarterly basis and, as appropriate, reviews and responds to conduct or ethics issues raised by this officer. Periodically, this committee also reviews the adequacy and implementation of the company’s ethics and compliance programs and makes recommendations for any necessary changes.

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