Sustaining Our World – 2017 Sustainability Report
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Leadership Message

Tyson Foods is the largest U.S. food company – and with sustainability at the heart of our business strategy, we’re continuing to grow.

We’re transforming from a business with a strong heritage in chicken to a modern food company that’s challenging the industry status quo. What matters to consumers matters to us – from what and how they eat to where and how it’s grown. That’s why we’re laser-focused on protein and going after growth in multiple ways, including:

Our size and scale gives us a significant opportunity (and responsibility) to make great-tasting, sustainably produced food accessible and affordable for all.

Tom Hayes
President & CEO
  • Picking up the pace on innovation in our core brands consumers love;
  • Buying new capabilities, new brands and new positions in new markets;
  • Investing in early-stage growth opportunities such as plant-based protein, cultured meat and new cooking technologies; and
  • Partnering with brands and businesses that share our passion for growth and complement what we bring to the table.

What’s more, we believe doing good is good for business. Our size and scale gives us a significant opportunity (and responsibility) to make great-tasting, sustainably produced food accessible and affordable for all. We’re driving change every day – for example, setting an ambitious goal to help introduce sustainable land stewardship practices on 2 million acres of corn. To put that into perspective, that’s roughly equivalent to the amount of corn grown in the entire state of Michigan.

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Accomplishing this and other goals will require significant collaboration, with Tyson Foods playing a leadership role in partnership with others across our industry. We’re up for the challenge – and along the way, we pledge to be transparent about the progress we’re making. That’s the kind of company we are, and that’s why I want to lead this business.

I’ve personally been part of this industry for 30 years – and now more than ever, we need to do more with less. The world needs a sustainable food system, and it’s up to companies like ours to set the pace and feed the planet. As this report shows, we’re raising expectations every day: becoming a better, more profitable Tyson Foods while building a better world.

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Tom Hayes
President & CEO, Tyson Foods