Sustaining Our World – 2017 Sustainability Report

Reducing Our Environmental Impact to Sustainably Feed the World

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

We are dedicated to delivering sustainable food at scale to feed our growing world. Delivering on our mission requires protecting and respecting natural resources as we grow our business. To produce our food we depend on land, water and energy to grow the ingredients, raise the 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 March 2016, we set a target to reduce our water use intensity 12 percent by 2020 against a FY2015 baseline. Building on that commitment, in FY2017, we leveraged the tools and expertise of the World Resources Institute (WRI) to:

  • Perform a water risk assessment that measures the company’s water footprint, and assess exposure to current and future water-related business risks;
  • Align on guidance in which Tyson Foods, and other organizations, would partner to develop a water accounting methodology that measures water demands embedded in purchased or acquired electricity, steam, heat and cooling; and
  • Identify priority locations across the enterprise and begin developing a company-specific water stewardship position statement, set leadership-level enterprise-wide water goals and establish context-based water targets to reduce business risk and account for future needs.

We also worked with WRI in FY2017 to begin the process of establishing a science-based reduction target of 30 percent by 2030 for greenhouse gas emissions in both our direct operations and supply chain that we announced in FY2018. Approximately 90 percent of our emissions come from our supply chain and are not owned by the company. Accordingly, we will be collaborating and working closely with our supply chain to drive sustainable change.

We also committed to increase sustainable land stewardship practices on 2 million acres by 2020. By using this new comprehensive approach to sustainability, we strive to make a long-lasting positive impact on the environment as well as our company, team members, consumers and customers.

Environmental Governance

Kevin Igli, our Senior Vice President and Chief Environmental Officer, who reports to our CSO, provides corporate leadership, direction and technical standards for our more than 450 environmental professionals and processes. Our Chief Environmental Officer assesses, prioritizes and manages all aspects of our environmental efforts across all segments of the company; monitors the status of environmental compliance and activities for our operations in the U.S., China and India; and institutes regular meetings with regulatory officials to share information, build relationships and demonstrate our commitment to environmental excellence. Our internal Executive Environmental Council meets monthly to stay on top of the most critical items facing us environmentally across the enterprise.

Environmental Management System

We have an Environmental Management System (EMS) 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.

Compliance Metrics FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
Notices of Violation (NOV) 29 19 75*
Penalties Per Fiscal Year (penalties incurred
over $5,000 described in table below)
$403,809 $94,855 $208,965
Total Reportable Chemical Spills (e.g., chemicals, fats, oils, fuels) 11 18** 9***

These statistics are representative of all U.S.-based facilities, excluding Cobb-Vantress and AdvancePierre Foods.

* Out of the 75 NOVs the company experienced in FY2017, 42 of them were due to our Waterloo, Iowa pork facility experiencing multiple NOVs related to its indirect discharge to the city of Waterloo. The management team at Waterloo, along with our corporate Environmental Services department, have put several corrective actions in place and continue to work with the City of Waterloo to address these issues. Results for FY2018 so far indicate the actions taken have resulted in significant improvement.

** We are restating FY2016 reportable releases because we failed to include nine ammonia releases in this data in our FY2016 sustainability report.

*** Details regarding these nine spills are available in the GRI Index.

FY2017 Penalties Incurred Over $5,000

Facility Description Penalty Amount
Storm Lake, IA Unauthorized discharges to a water of the State. $8,500
Multiple Failed to adequately develop & implement SOPs relating to maintenance work on spiral freezers. $106,894
Center, TX Exceeded permitted effluent limitations. Penalty and SEP. $40,425
Temperanceville, VA For exceeding permit limits and failing to submit a letter of explanation & corrective actions. $16,150
Columbia, SC Process safety deficiencies in equipment. $10,000
Temperanceville, VA For exceeding permit limits and failing to submit a letter of explanation & corrective actions. $10,010
Harmony, NC Facility exceeded the 36-hour permit limit for raw material storage. $14,253