Building strong communities starts at home where our team members live, work and play.
Understanding Our Local Community Impacts
Community Social Baseline Assessments
Research to Find Solutions
Tyson will build and open a new poultry complex in Humboldt, Tennessee that will employ an estimated 1,500 people. Two critical and related factors with the plant’s success are being able to attract and retain a qualified workforce from the available pool of residents. Tyson and community stakeholders believe the area has a shortage of available and affordable childcare providers, which will limit the number of residents available for work. Insufficient childcare facilities are a disincentive to employee retention.
Another social challenge in Humboldt is the shortage of available and affordable housing units near the plant that may limit the number of residents available for work. Insufficient housing facilities increase the costs of transportation and serve as an additional disincentive to employee retention.
In 2018, we performed a community impact assessment in Humboldt, which led us to further explore a housing and childcare study. We awarded a $115,000 grant to the University of Tennessee to oversee applied research focused on addressing child care and housing challenges. The overall goal of this research is to assess the childcare and housing shortage and develop three scenarios for how the company and the community can jointly solve the matter.
A Shift to Social Investment
Support for New Immigrants
Helping immigrants to the U.S. feel welcome while providing support to access the services they need to contribute and thrive in their new communities is a critical way Tyson gives back. In FY2018, we made a grant to EngageNWA, an organization that operates as part of the Northwest Arkansas Council, to enhance the region’s ability to ensure an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone who makes Northwest Arkansas home. The grant will help the City of Springdale convene underrepresented residents to give input on the city’s future; teach residents about accessing and engaging with city services and leadership opportunities; develop content in multiple languages, including English, Spanish and Marshallese; and pair new arrivals to the region with mentors to help them connect to the community.
We are also collaborating with One Siouxland, a nonprofit in Sioux City, Iowa, to support newcomers to the area, many of whom are immigrants. Between 2010 and 2015, immigrants accounted for more than 75 percent of Sioux City’s population growth. Through a grant from Tyson, One Siouxland will hold 15 workshops in the region over the next year to help these new arrivals adapt, integrate and thrive in the community.