Salisbury, Maryland-based Perdue Farms has released its Fiscal Year 2021 Company Stewardship Report. This new report highlights a year of the company continuing its leadership in employee safety, alleviating food insecurity, producing in-demand consumer products and advancing its industry-leading animal care commitments.
The report notes progress made in the key target areas and reinforces the company’s stewardship platform: belief in responsible food and agriculture. The report also highlights how the company’s sustainability efforts align with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“As we reflect on the past year, one of uncertainty, unprecedented challenges and hope amid a global pandemic, it reminds us of what’s most important – the health and safety of our associates, our family and friends and the strength of our communities. We also completed our 100th year in business as a family-owned American company,” said Jim Perdue, Perdue Farms chairman. “As this report was being compiled, hope was on the horizon for individuals and families as COVID-19 vaccines rolled out across the country, enabling millions of people to be vaccinated. We continued to partner with local health departments and hospitals to provide vaccine access to our associates and their family members.”
The report is available at responsiblefoodandagriculture.com formatted as highlights for convenient web access and in an e-book format.
Report highlights include:
- People and Partners: Built on progress in being a responsible employer, investing in associates’ safety, growth and well-being.
- Recognized by the CDC for a “best-in-class” COVID-19 response to ensure safety of associates and keep America fed;
- Named “America’s Best In-State Employer 2020” by Forbes in Delaware and Virginia;
- Received 18 safety awards from Joint Industry Safety and Health Council;
- Perdue truck driver achieved 4 million safe driving miles;
- Perdue AgriBusiness Plenish high-oleic soybean oil certified Heart Healthy;
- Provided more than $1.5 million in grants through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation; and
- Progressed toward company commitment to donate a minimum of 20 million pounds of protein by 2025; donated more than 4 million pounds of protein to support families struggling with food insecurity in FY21.
- Food: Furthered a legacy of product quality and innovation with the introduction of new products from its portfolio of brands.
- Perdue celebrated Thanksgiving with special limited-edition turkey ThanksNuggets;
- Niman Ranch launched new bacon breakfast sausage;
- Panorama Meats launched shelf-stable beef bone broth;
- Spot Farms became one of first major pet treat brands to join 1 Percent For The Planet;
- 100 percent of products meet the requirements of the Global Food Safety Initiative; and
- Zero product recalls in 2020.
- Environment: Progressed toward achieving environmental sustainability goals and being good stewards of the environment:
- Reduced greenhouse gas intensity by 10.5 percent and water usage intensity by 8.9 percent; improved solid waste diversion from landfills by 10.6 percent;
- Became first U.S. company to create pollinator-friendly habitat throughout solar installation; and
- Niman Ranch awarded first Sustainable Farmer of the Year recognition.
- Animal Care: Continued industry-leading animal care initiatives, commitment to transparency, and hosted fifth annual Animal Care Summit.
- Announced nine new animal-husbandry initiatives planned for 2021 implementation;
- Hosted farmer contest to gain learnings on how to increase the number of birds utilizing free-range pasture;
- Opened third on-farm poultry learning center focused on education for community and classrooms; and
- Continued leadership as the No. 1 producer of USDA Organic chicken, raising chickens with outdoor access, and raising animals with no antibiotics ever.