Sustaining Our World – 2017 Sustainability Report
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GRI Content Index

GRI Standards

Disclosure Number

Disclosure Title

2017 Response

GRI 102: General Disclosures

Organizational profile

102-1

Name of the organization

Cover

102-2

Activities, brands, products, and services

Our Approach – Our Business

102-3

Location of headquarters

Springdale, Arkansas

102-4

Location of operations

Our Approach – Our Business

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 15

102-5

Ownership and legal form

Publicly traded company

102-6

Markets served

Our Approach – Our Business

102-7

Scale of the organization

Our Approach – Our Business

102-8

Information on employees and other workers

Workplace – 2017 Summary Overview

102-9

Supply chain

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, pages 2-5, 16

Our Approach – Our Business

Food – Responsible Ingredient Sourcing

102-10

Significant changes to the organization and its supply chain

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 2

102-11

Precautionary Principle or approach

The “precautionary principle,” as defined by Article 15 of the Rio Principles established at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, states that “where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.” Tyson Foods evaluates and manages environmental risks under its Environmental Management System. This approach includes data and guidance from environmental regulatory agencies, academia, and industry associations.

102-12

External initiatives

Our Approach – Stakeholder Engagement

102-13

Membership of associations

We are a corporate member of, or have individual team members that participant in, numerous industry groups and professional associations. We work with these groups and associations because they represent the food processing industry and business community in discussions with governmental agencies and other stakeholders. They are also instrumental in helping to reach industry consensus on important national policy issues. We have company representatives on the boards and committees of many of these groups and associations to ensure we have an avenue to voice questions, concerns, and opinions about policy or related activities. Examples of industry groups and associations we are involved in include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Global Food Safety Initiative; National Grain and Feed Association; Research Chef’s Association; School Nutrition Association; Society for Human Resources Management; and the U.S Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

Strategy

102-14

Statement from senior decision-maker

Our Approach – Leadership Message

Ethics and Integrity

102-16

Values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior

Workplace – Ethics

Tyson Code of Conduct

Governance

102-18

Governance structure

Our Approach – Governance

Stakeholder Engagement

102-40

List of stakeholder groups

Our Approach – Stakeholder Engagement

102-41

Collective bargaining agreements

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 5

102-42

Identifying and selecting stakeholders

Our Approach – Stakeholder Engagement

102-43

Approach to stakeholder engagement

Our Approach – Stakeholder Engagement

102-44

Key topics and concerns raised

Our Approach – Stakeholder Engagement

Reporting Practices

102-45

Entities included in the consolidated financial statements

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, pages 2-5

102-46

Defining report content and topic Boundaries

Our Approach – Materiality

102-47

List of material topics

Our Approach – Materiality

102-48

Restatements of information

Any restatements, and reasons for such, are footnoted as part of the data presentation within the body of the report.

102-49

Changes in reporting

Our Approach – Materiality

In June 2017 we completed the acquisition of AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc. and, in November 2017, the acquisition of Philadelphia-based Original Philly Holdings, Inc. We have noted in this report if the data we are sharing includes or excludes these acquisitions.

102-50

Reporting period

The editorial content of the Tyson Foods 2017 Sustainability Report generally covers subject matter for FY2017 (October 2 , 2016, through September 30, 2017) and some of 2018.

102-51

Date of most recent report

2016

102-52

Reporting cycle

Annual

102-53

Contact point for questions regarding the report

Leigh Ann Johnston
Director, Sustainability
leigh.ann.johnston@tyson.com
479-290-3419

Mailing Address:
Tyson Foods, Inc.
2200 W. Don Tyson Parkway, CP005
Springdale, AR 72762-6999

102-54

Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards

Core

102-55

GRI content index

GRI Standards Content Index begins on page 68

102-56

External assurance

This report is not externally assured.

GRI 205: Anti-corruption

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Our Approach – Governance

Workplace – Ethics

Tyson Code of Conduct

103-2

The management approach and its components

Our Approach – Governance

Workplace – Ethics

Tyson Code of Conduct

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Our Approach – Governance

Workplace – Ethics

Tyson Code of Conduct

205-1

Operations assessed for risks related to corruption

We strive to operate with integrity in all we do and corrupt business practices violate that trust. We do not tolerate any form of bribery or corruption. Each year, we perform a risk assessment related to corruption that evaluates the likelihood of occurrence, impact, and management effectiveness. In addition, management team members are trained on anticorruption and antitrust policies. All reported allegations of corruption/bribery are formally investigated to conclusion and the results are provided to senior management for adequate remediation of people and/or process.

GRI 206: Anti-competitive Behavior

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Our Approach – Governance

Tyson Code of Conduct

103-2

The management approach and its components

Our Approach – Governance

Tyson Code of Conduct

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Our Approach – Governance

Tyson Code of Conduct

206-1

Legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, pages 16-17, 86-87

GRI 303: Water

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 4

Environment – Water

Environment – Sustainable Land Stewardship

103-2

The management approach and its components

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 4

Environment – Water

Environment – Sustainable Land Stewardship

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 4

Environment – Water

Environment – Sustainable Land Stewardship

303-1

Water withdrawal by source

Environment – Water

GRI 306: Effluents and Waste

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 4

Environment – Strategic Approach

Environment – Water

Environment – Sustainable Land Stewardship

Environment – Material Resources

103-2

The management approach and its components

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 4

Environment – Strategic Approach

Environment – Water

Environment – Sustainable Land Stewardship

Environment – Material Resources

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 4

Environment – Strategic Approach

Environment – Water

Environment – Sustainable Land Stewardship

Environment – Material Resources

306-3

Significant spills

In FY2017, we incurred nine reportable chemical spills. This includes an ammonia release in Mississippi totaling 451 pounds; one in North Carolina totaling 358 pounds; a release in Tennessee totaling 198 pounds; one release in Iowa totaling 344 pounds; and a release in Kansas totaling 2,711 pounds. These releases were to air and had no environmental impacts . We also experienced a 46 gallon fuel spill in Arkansas which impacted a parking lot and subsequently water during a rain event; a 200 gallon oil spill in Mississippi that impacted water; a 10 gallon fuel spill in Virginia made contact with water; and an oil spill of less than a quart that impacted water in Arkansas. Clean up activities were initiated immediately to mitigate environmental impacts.

GRI 307: Environmental Compliance

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 4, 12

Environment – Strategic Approach

103-2

The management approach and its components

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 4, 12

Environment – Strategic Approach

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 4, 12

Environment – Strategic Approach

307-1

Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, pages 16-17

Environment – Strategic Approach

GRI 402: Labor/Management Relations

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 2, 9

Workplace – Engagement and Retention

Workplace – Ethics

103-2

The management approach and its components

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 2, 9

Workplace – Engagement and Retention

Workplace – Ethics

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 2, 9

Workplace – Engagement and Retention

Workplace – Ethics

402-1

Minimum notice periods regarding operational changes

When significant operational changes have been determined (such as plant expansions or closures, acquisitions or investments in technology), we notify our team members of the changes. We share the news as transparently and timely as possible and are committed to continued communication as appropriate throughout the process. This approach is always a part of any change management we do. We are compliant with the U.S. Department of Labor Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN); local, state, or country-specific laws; or any requirements set forth in respective collective bargaining agreements.

GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Workplace – Health and Safety

103-2

The management approach and its components

Workplace – Health and Safety

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Workplace – Health and Safety

403-2

Types of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities

Workplace – Health and Safety

GRI 407: Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 2, 9

Workplace – Engagement and Retention

Workplace – Ethics

103-2

The management approach and its components

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 2, 9

Workplace – Engagement and Retention

Workplace – Ethics

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 2, 9

Workplace – Engagement and Retention

Workplace – Ethics

407-1

Operations and suppliers in which the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining may be at risk

To our knowledge, Tyson Foods did not have operations in FY2017 in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining were at risk. We maintain a Code of Conduct and Team Member Promise that specifically recognizes and respects the rights of our team members to join or not to join a trade union, or to have recognized employee representation in accordance with local law. At this time, we do not screen our suppliers and contractors for human rights, including the right to exercise freedom of association or collective bargaining. We do, however, maintain a Supplier Code of Conduct that sets forth our expectations of suppliers and contractors in regards to key business practices including the right of employees to freely associate.

GRI 412: Human Rights Assessment

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Workplace – Engagement and Retention

Workplace – Ethics

Tyson Code of Conduct

103-2

The management approach and its components

Workplace – Engagement and Retention

Workplace – Ethics

Tyson Code of Conduct

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Workplace – Engagement and Retention

Workplace – Ethics

Tyson Code of Conduct

412-1

Operations that have been subject to human rights reviews or impact assessments

Workplace – Ethics

Certifications and Programs

GRI 416: Customer Health and Safety

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 4

Food – Consumer Nutrition

Food – Food Safety & Quality

103-2

The management approach and its components

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 4

Food

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, page 4

Food

416-1

Assessment of the health and safety impacts of product and service categories

Tyson Foods’ approach to food safety and quality is comprehensive, preventive, and proactive. We implement controls and measures at every level to make sure our products are second-to-none in food safety and quality. We assess our products for improvement during product research and development, manufacturing and production, marketing and promotion, storage and distribution, and use. We believe this approach helps guarantee the safety and quality of our products from the farm all the way to the dinner table.

416-2

Incidents of non-compliance concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services

Food – Food Safety & Quality

GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Our Approach – Governance

Workplace – Ethics

Tyson Code of Conduct

103-2

The management approach and its components

Our Approach – Governance

Workplace – Ethics

Tyson Code of Conduct

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Our Approach – Governance

Workplace – Ethics

Tyson Code of Conduct

419-1

Non-compliance with laws and regulations in the social and economic area

Tyson Foods 2017 10-K, pages 16-17, 86-87

Workplace – Ethics