Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods has announced the company and individual plants received 80 awards from the North American Meat Institute.
The company received the NAMI’s Community Wellness Award for its leadership in fighting hunger and food insecurity through protein donations to regional food banks and community pantry partners across the nation.
In fiscal year 2022, Tyson Foods donated more than 18 million pounds of protein, the equivalent of 72 million servings, to food banks, pantries and hunger relief organizations in plant communities and across the nation.
“NAMI commends Tyson Foods and its leadership for continuing to ensure their products contribute to a sustainable and healthy food system,” said NAMI President and CEO Julie Anna Potts. “Tyson Foods’ dedication to sustainably reducing the protein gap demonstrates why they’re a leader in the industry year after year.”
NAMI selected companies based on 2022 data shared for The Protein PACT, through which NAMI and its members are uniting in an industry led effort to accelerate the animal protein sector’s progress towards sustainable development goals. The Community Wellness award is the top honor in the Health and Wellness category.
NAMI also recognized Tyson Foods’ commitment to promoting and implementing a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy to celebrate the unique culture of team members and provide a collective voice in how the company does business. Criteria for the award included companies that placed priority on recruitment, retention, community engagement, values, leadership and accountability.
Seventy-eight plants and other facilities received recognition for their environmental management practices. The Environmental Recognition Award recognizes a company’s dedication to continuous environmental compliance improvement, as witnessed by the development and implementation of Environmental Management Systems.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for the steps Tyson Foods is taking to continuously monitor and build upon its environmental compliance assurance initiatives,” said Steve Patrick, VP of environmental operations.
“We are proud of our team’s efforts to implement plants to operate in an environmentally responsible manner in those communities where we live and work.”
The EMS model is designed to drive continual, measurable improvements in the environmental compliance performance of Tyson’s operations. In addition, The EMS, modeled after ISO 14001, is also designed to minimize the environmental footprint of our operations in the communities where we work and live, support achievement of our environmental goals.
The recognition awards are categorized by four tiers to encourage EMS development through a step-by-step approach. Tier 1 recognizes compliance policies and Tier 4 represents the highest level of environmental management. Please see below for the full list of Tyson plant award winners.
More information on the awards and tier criteria can be found here.
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