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Tyson Looks Back at its Environmental Footprint

by 5m Editor
1 April 2008, at 2:09pm

US - Tyson Foods have releases a new sustainability report which aims to outline the company's corporate responsibility efforts. The 64-page publication titled “Sustainability - It’s In Our Nature,” focuses on economic, social and environmental concerns, which company officials call their “triple bottom line.”

“We believe sustainability is essentially doing the right thing, whether it involves protecting natural resources, creating alternative energy or feeding the hungry,” said Richard L. Bond, president and CEO of Tyson Foods.

This is the second time a comprehensive overview of the company’s corporate responsibility efforts has been compiled in one report. Tyson’s first report, titled “Living Our Core Values,” was issued two years ago.

“This report is the result of input from both internal and external sources, including the company’s senior management and key business units as well as customers and consumers,” said Kevin Igli, senior vice president and chief environmental, health and safety officer for Tyson. “We believe it illustrates how sustainability is a fundamental element of our company’s culture.”

The new sustainability report covers fiscal reporting years of 2006 and 2007. It addresses a wide variety of topics, from ethics, environmental protection and resource conservation to worker safety and health, food safety and animal well-being. It also highlights Tyson’s efforts in such areas as new product development, renewable energy, community involvement and hunger relief.

The report also lists some of Tyson’s sustainability goals. For example:

  • Tyson has reduced its water usage by 15 percent per pound of finished product over the past two years and intends to implement additional water conservation measures in fiscal 2008.

  • Through alliances with other companies, Tyson plans to produce up to 250 million gallons of renewable fuel a year from animal fat within the next three to four years.

  • In 2006, Tyson committed to donate 10 million pounds of protein over three years to America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network. The company is on track to exceed this goal ahead of schedule.

Further Reading

More information - You can view the full report by clicking here.

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