Justin Whitmore shares his thoughts on some of the world’s biggest challenges and how Tyson Foods is helping to solve them.
Q: What approach did you take in your first year in this role?
A:First things first: sustainability is fundamental to our strategy. For us, the two are inextricably linked. That says something about our purpose as a company.
We’re looking at sustainability holistically — and realistically, too. We recognize that every action has a reaction, and that solving for one problem has the potential to create other problems. With that in mind, we’ve been taking a thoughtful three-step approach:
- Listen to stakeholders. That means farmers and ranchers, NGOs, policymakers and others in our industry. This is the only way to truly understand what we need to accomplish – and more importantly, how we can do it together.
- Identify groundbreaking opportunities. We’re looking across our five key pillars — food, animals, environment, workplace and communities — for ways to transform how we work.
- Get going! We’re sharing our vision publicly. We’re investing. And most importantly, we’re holding ourselves accountable for progress.