2018 Sustainability Report

Strategic Approach

Reducing our environmental impact is key to our mission of raising expectations for how much good food can do.

Reducing Our Environmental Impact to Sustainably Feed the World

We are dedicated to delivering sustainable food at scale to feed our growing world. Fulfilling this mission requires protecting and respecting natural resources as we grow our business. To produce food, we depend on land, water and energy to grow ingredients, raise animals and run our facilities.

Accordingly, operating our business aligned with environmental conservation is fundamental to our core values, one of which states that we will “serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to us.” In the past two years, we set targets to reduce our water use intensity, GHG emissions and to promote the practice of sustainable land stewardship.

Through these efforts, we strive to make a long-lasting, positive impact on the environment as well as our company, team members, consumers and customers.

Learn more about our commitment to protecting and conserving the environment.



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Increasing Environmental Transparency

In calendar year 2018, for the third year in a row, we responded to CDP’s water and climate questionnaires, receiving a B- (management) for both. Additionally, as stakeholder concern continues to escalate around the environmental impacts of deforestation, we also responded to the CDP forest questionnaire for the past two years. We received a C for our response, and plan to respond to CDP’s climate, water and forests questionnaires in 2019.

Environmental Governance

Kevin Igli, Senior Vice President Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer, who reports to our Chief Sustainability Officer, provides corporate leadership, direction and technical standards for processes and our more than 374 environmental professionals. He assesses, prioritizes and manages all aspects of our environmental efforts across the company; monitors the status of environmental compliance and activities for both our domestic and international operations; and institutes regular meetings with regulatory officials to share information, build relationships and demonstrate our commitment to environmental excellence.

Our internal Executive Environmental Council, comprised of our CEO, our three Group Presidents, our CSO, and the Chief Environmental Officer and his direct reports, meet monthly to stay on top of the most critical items facing us environmentally across the enterprise.

Environmental Management System

An environmental management system (EMS) is in place at each of our U.S. facilities. The EMS, modeled after ISO 14001, is designed to minimize the environmental footprint of our operations in the communities where we work and live, support achievement of our environmental goals and help us improve environmental compliance.

FY2018 Penalties Incurred Over $5,000

In 2014 there was a wastewater incident that disrupted the City of Monett’s wastewater treatment system and resulted in an impact to a nearby stream. In response to the incident, Tyson has taken several corrective actions and made improvements to its Environmental Management System (EMS) to drive continual improvement following this unfortunate mistake.

Some of the actions taken are ‘lessons learned’ training for all environmental managers, additional auditing and strengthening our environmental policies and procedures. We have also funded projects totaling $500,000 with the city of Monett, The Nature Conservancy Missouri (TNC), and the James River Basin partnership, in addition to paying a civil penalty.

We resolved the issue with the State of Missouri in 2015 and, in 2018, we resolved federal issues – accepting two misdemeanor violations of the Clean Water Act. As a result, we paid a $2 million fine to the federal government and conduct ongoing reviews of our systems to support continuous improvement of operations.


Compliance Metrics FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
Notices of Violation (NOV) 19 75 40
Penalties Per Fiscal Year $94,855 $208,965 $2,012,765
Total Reportable Chemical Spills
(e.g., chemicals, fats, oils, fuels)
18 9 1*
These statistics are representative of all U.S.-based operations, excluding Cobb-Vantress, AdvancePierre, Original Philly, Tecumseh Poultry, American Proteins and Keystone Foods. *Details regarding this spill are available in the GRI Index.