Perdue Farms is joining the Penn State University Smeal Center for the Business of Sustainability as a founding member.
Perdue Farms has operated in the poultry, meat and agriculture oil and grain industry for 100 years.
“At Perdue, we believe in responsible food and agriculture and have been at the forefront of many industry initiatives to address environmental, social and health concerns related to the poultry industry,” said Steve Levitsky, Perdue Farms VP of sustainability. “As we celebrate our 100th year in business, we are honored to become a founding member of the Penn State Smeal Center for the Business of Sustainability to further our commitment to environmental stewardship. This mutually beneficial partnership will allow us to work closely with the university and have access to their world-class research that can help to inform some of our environmental innovations to create a more sustainable future.”
As a founding member, Perdue Farms will have access to sustainability-focused research and education services to help it uncover social and environmental opportunities.
“We are excited to add a company with the history and reputation of Perdue Farms to our growing list of founding members,” said Erik Foley, director of the Smeal Center for the Business of Sustainability. “Perdue has long been an industry leader in responsible food and agriculture, and its commitment to consider the environment in every business decision is a stance we heartily embrace.”
The goal of the Center is to cultivate the best practices and leaders that enable corporations to implement multi-dimensional, scalable business solutions by considering new approaches to business challenges, accounting for the social and environmental impact of decision-making.
As part of this, Smeal faculty will conduct research; integrate leading-edge concepts into undergraduate and graduate curriculum; and host events aimed at bringing together managers, executives, faculty and students and partner with investors, business managers, NGOs and governments to host business plan competitions focused on market-based sustainable development solutions.
Other founding members of the Center include Verizon and IBM. Foley said the Smeal Center for the Business of Sustainability hopes to eventually recruit 20 companies as founding members.