Sustaining Our World – 2017 Sustainability Report


Tyson Foods is dedicated to responsible corporate governance through strong accountability practices that uphold the public’s trust in the company while maintaining the interests of our shareholders.

Our comprehensive Code of Conduct and Corporate Governance Principles guide our Board of Directors and management in effective and ethical governance. We are committed to building an independent Board of Directors that brings to the table a diverse set of experiences, backgrounds and leadership skills. Our Board members sit on various committees, including:

At the end of FY2017, our Board of Directors consisted of 10 members, eight of whom were independent. Of the 10 members serving on the Board, there were three women and one minority member. During FY2017, three new directors were appointed and two directors resigned. The Board also has a lead independent director and director compensation includes Tyson Foods stock. For more information about our Board of Directors and corporate governance measures, visit Investor Relations, Leadership and take a look at our 2017 Proxy Statement.

Sustainability Governance

Our approach to sustainability is multidimensional, and we maintain an integrated strategy that allows us to drive improvements in all areas of sustainability. This strategy is supported by our President and CEO, with oversight from our Board of Directors.

Justin Whitmore, our Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer, who reports to our President and CEO and regularly interacts with the company’s Board of Directors, is responsible for leading and implementing our sustainability strategy. Justin is supported by a team of sustainability professionals who facilitate our goal-setting efforts, including actions to manage or mitigate risks as well as the pursuit of continual improvement opportunities related to animals, communities, the environment, food and the workplace.

Recently, we further strengthened our sustainability governance structure by appointing internal senior leaders to serve as sustainability champions for each of our business operating segments. With support from procurement, engineering, sustainability, environmental services, human resources and other key corporate functions, these leaders are responsible for developing and launching activities that support the company in achieving its sustainability goals and commitments. Our Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer will share regular progress updates with the Governance and Nominating Committee of our Board of Directors.