This report is intended to cover the issues we believe are most material to Tyson Foods. We define these issues as those with the potential to positively and negatively influence, both now and in the future, the:

  1. Company’s finances or operations;
  2. Safety and quality of our food products;
  3. Progress and growth of our global society; and
  4. Protection of the environment and conservation of natural resources.

In addition, we also consider those issues that are of concern to stakeholders, or that can substantially influence the assessments and decisions of stakeholders, to be material.

In an effort to identify the sustainability issues of greatest importance to our company and stakeholders, in fiscal year 2012, we continued to participate in numerous stakeholder engagement activities such as customer presentations; roundtable meetings with stakeholder groups; discussions with academia and industry associations; and performance and perception surveys. We also performed formal reviews of regulatory requirements, published research, and media reports during fiscal year 2012. Moreover, we considered specific materiality comments received from both internal and external sources with respect to the content of our 2009 sustainability report. Finally, Tyson Foods referenced the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 2006 G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and its Food Processing Sector Supplement during the development of this report. For this report, both Tyson Foods and GRI confirm that the GRI “A” application level has been met.

Based on our stakeholder interactions, formal reviews, and the guidance offered by the GRI’s G3 Guidelines, we have verified the following as our material issues:

  • People
    Our continued success as an organization depends on the knowledge, skills, talents, and passion of our employees, whom we call Team Members, as well as the support of the communities surrounding our operations. We strive to be “a company of diverse people working together to produce food” and support the communities in which we live and work. We are committed to remaining competitive in our compensation and benefit practices, professionally developing our Team Members, fostering a work environment that values diversity and inclusion, and maintaining a safe and healthy work place. Moreover, through monetary contributions, product donations, partnerships, volunteerism, and other initiatives, our Team Members will continue to exemplify Tyson Foods’ commitment to supporting local communities and helping those in need.
  • Planet
    Conserving and protecting natural resources is essential to ensuring the minimization of our environmental foot print, the efficiency of our operations, and the availability of a clean and healthy environment for future generations. The foundation of this belief is a part of our Core Values, which call for us to “serve as stewards of the animals, land, and environment entrusted to us” by operating our business in an environmentally responsible manner. Accordingly, we are committed to aggressively, and responsibly, minimizing our environmental footprint and to conserving natural resources through efficient use, careful planning, and continual improvement.
  • Profit
    Enhancing our relationship with our shareholders and strengthening the foundation upon which our company is built, positions us to be the world’s most extraordinary food company. We “strive to earn consistent and satisfactory profits for our shareholders and invest in our people, products, and processes.” Accordingly, we are committed to conducting our business activities in an ethical manner while:
    • Being our customers’ go-to supplier,
    • Being the best-in-class protein manufacturer,
    • Building a multi-national enterprise, and
    • Upgrading our raw materials and by-products.
  • Products
    Nothing is more important to our business than maintaining the confidence customers and consumers have in the Tyson® brand. Our Core Values call for us to “feed our families, the nation, and the world with trusted food products” that are second to none in safety, quality, variety, and innovation. As such, we are committed to maintaining and continually improving the systems and practices that allow us to provide safe, nutritious food products and to uphold an unsurpassed record for food safety. This includes our long-standing commitment to the well‑being and proper handling of the animals used in our food products.

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