Smithfield Foods CSR Report: Commits to Reduce Energy and Water Use, Solid Waste 10% by 2016
... Smithfield Foods has committed to meet several new environmental goals, which include reducing energy and water resources and solid waste, each by 10 percent compared to 2008 by fiscal 2016, according to the company’s ninth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report.
The company also commits to maintaining 100 percent Pork Quality Assurance Plus Certification for its hog production facilities, and meeting 100 percent Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification for all facilities.
In 2009, Smithfield Foods has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at its plants by four percent since 2007 (baseline year). The company also cut its processing emissions per 100 pounds of production by 62 percent compared to 2007 and its first-processing emissions per animal by 41 percent. Smithfield attributes the improvements to the divestiture of the beef group, which was more energy-intensive than its first-processing pork operations.