Smithfield reports sustainability progress, launches consumer tool

Virtual tour shows where food comes from and how it gets to consumers’ tables.

May 21, 2019

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Smithfield reports sustainability progress, launches consumer tool
Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods Inc. released its "2018 Sustainability Report", highlighting key milestones and ongoing efforts to feed the world’s growing population in a responsible way. Smithfield’s robust sustainability program drives all aspects of its business, creating value in the following areas: animal care, environment, food safety and quality, helping communities and people.

“Our people work hard every day to maintain our position as a leader in sustainability, ensuring that we are fulfilling our mission to produce good food the right way. It is extremely gratifying to lead a team that is so passionate about meeting this responsibility,” Smithfield president and chief executive officer Kenneth Sullivan said. “Sustainability is part of our culture. We have seen firsthand how investing in sustainability by setting bold goals and hard targets — and achieving them — is a win-win for our company and our stakeholders, including our animals, employees, neighbors and planet.”

Smithfield has also launched a new interactive tool that brings to life each stage of its supply chain — from farm to facility to fork — to show where its food comes from and how it gets to consumers’ tables. The virtual tour, which includes videos and case studies on sustainability initiatives that have driven Smithfield to the forefront of its industry, is available at

“We take a comprehensive approach to sustainability throughout our entire supply chain,” said Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield. “We are always innovating and looking for new opportunities to push beyond the status quo. Our groundbreaking efforts are making a real difference in the lives of our animals, employees, suppliers, customers and consumers, and we will continue to take bold steps to deliver on our promise to produce good food in a responsible way.”

Smithfield’s "2018 Sustainability Report" highlights performance metrics, accomplishments, case studies and progress toward a number of sustainability goals and targets, including:

Animal care:


Food safety and quality:

Helping communities:


To read the "2018 Sustainability Report," visit

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