In its 2018 sustainability report, the business showed how it has worked towards increased transparency across key sustainability measures, including farming practices, worker health and safety and hunger relief.
During the year, Tyson Foods more than doubled its 10% year-on-year commitment to reduce OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Act) recordable workplace injuries and illnesses; expanded its Upward Academy, a language and life skills education program, to 33 plant locations; and became the first US-based protein company to receive approval from the Science Based Target Initiative for its greenhouse gas reduction target of 30% by 2030.
It also expanded implementation of the largest third-party remote video auditing system in the industry, donated more than 46 million servings of protein to hunger relief efforts across the US and continued to move ahead of schedule in meeting its commitment to provide $50 million in five years to fight hunger.
“Our progress is a testament to our unwavering commitment to accelerate sustainable food production,” said Noel White, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. “As one of the largest food companies in the world, Tyson Foods plays an important role in contributing to a stable and sustainable food system for future generations.”
Other sustainability goals met included: reducing water use intensity 12% by 2020; reducing greenhouse gases 30% by 2030; increasing land stewardship practices on two-million acres of row crop corn by the end of 2020; and increasing worker retention by 10%.
“We’ve made progress, but recognise there’s more to do,” added Justin Whitmore, executive vice president, alternative proteins and chief sustainability officer of Tyson Foods. “Our team members are determined to lead a coalition of industry partners to sustainably feed the world. We’re excited to work with organisations that will challenge our thinking, so we can advance sustainability on a global scale.”