2018 Sustainability Report

Inclusion & Diversity

We embrace the diversity of our team members, customers, stakeholders and consumers – their unique backgrounds, experiences, thoughts and talents.

Building Inclusiveness & Celebrating Diversity

Tyson has a diverse workforce, with many team members who are recent immigrants to the United States. Numerous languages are spoken across our processing facilities, with as many as 11 languages spoken at a single plant. This diversity is our strength. These differences lead to more innovation, better supplier and customer relationships, and a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Our inclusion and diversity efforts focus on ensuring that we recruit, develop and retain a diverse group of team members, and that all team members have an opportunity to grow and develop personally and professionally.

Accordingly, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace that supports and empowers all team members, regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or any other protected status.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and our policies comply with all federal, state and local employment laws. Everyone is valued and appreciated for their distinct contributions to the growth and sustainability of our business. This focus extends to our supply chain, through which we work with many minority-owned, veteran- and service-disabled-veteran-owned, women-owned and Small Business Association (SBA) certified small businesses.

Tyson Foods is a member of CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, a group of more than 500 CEOs who have committed themselves and the companies they lead to advance inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Signatories must do more than talk the talk: they commit to taking meaningful actions to transform their workplaces and sharing both successes and challenges with other companies. In 2018, Tyson submitted several actions that were featured on the CEO Action website, including creation of a disability awareness business resource group (BRG) and mentoring circles.

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In 2018, we invested $262K in Diversity & Inclusion efforts in the NW Arkansas region through a Tyson Foods Community Cornerstone Grant to EngageNWA.


Business Resource Groups

The new Disability and Awareness BRG joins five other groups that play a critical role in implementing our inclusion and diversity commitments by offering business impact, community outreach, and team member support and development across our enterprise locations. In 2018, our BRGs held their first all-BRG leadership meeting, where they discussed Tyson’s diversity strategy and ways to coordinate their efforts. Our six BRGs include:

BRG Purpose FY2018 Accomplishments
BRG Leaders of tomorrow Supports a safe and inclusive environment for individuals with disabilities and those who support them through building awareness, continuing education, and advocacy to create real change. Launched their group with an informative webinar about disability in the workplace.
BRG Disability A group of multi-generational professionals dedicated to the retention and development of talent to ensure future success of Tyson Foods through fostering a community and developing opportunities for team members. Participation in Earth Day and assisting with the development of a sustainability initiative including a recycling program.
Committed to preserving, teaching and appreciating the rich and diverse cultures of our Tyson team members. It honors our past, celebrates our present, and sustains a future of inclusion and diversity in accordance with Tyson’s core values and 5Cs. Hosted its first successful “Cook Your Culture” event in Chicago and participated in Chicago’s Bud Billiken Parade.
Committed to supporting all team members through a welcoming environment where everyone can reach their full potential by bringing their authentic selves to work each day. Participated in the Reaching Out MBA Conference.
A group of individuals committed to enhancing Tyson Foods, our community, and ourselves by supporting veterans and their families. We strive to help our veterans recognize Tyson Foods as the place to further their careers after the completion of their military service. Participated in Wreaths Across America, including corporate and plant locations in the activity.
Strives to advance women and transform Tyson’s workplace through engagement, networking, and career development. Launched Mentoring Circles, monthly sessions held with Senior Directorlevel mentors and small groups of team members. Celebrated International Women’s Day with a video titled #WhyNotHer?

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Diversity Recognition

As a direct result of our commitment to robust inclusion and diversity practices, Tyson Foods was recognized for the third year in a row with a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and reports on corporate practices and policies around LGBTQ workplace equality, including nondiscrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community.

Tyson also received the Agricultural Influencer Award from the Cultivating Change Foundation and participated in the fourth annual Cultivating Change Summit, which aims to elevate the presence of LGBTQ individuals in the agriculture industry. Justin Ransom, Tyson’s Senior Director of Sustainable Food Strategy, participated in a panel to share Tyson’s strategies and programs related to LGBTQ employees and received the award on Tyson’s behalf.

The Network of Executive Women (NEW) helps support women in the consumer products and retail industries and drives gender parity. In 2018, NEW’s Northwest Arkansas chapter recognized Tyson’s outstanding engagement. Of all chapter sponsors, Tyson posted the highest event registration, most members and most representation on the chapter’s leadership board.

By ensuring all of our team members feel valued and have access to the same opportunities, we can set the example for others to follow.