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Improving our environmental footprint is key to our mission of raising expectations for how much good food can do.

We are dedicated to delivering sustainable food at scale to feed our growing world. Fulfilling this mission requires protecting and respecting natural resources as we grow our business. To produce food, we depend on land, water and energy to grow ingredients, raise animals and run our facilities. Accordingly, operating our business aligned with environmental conservation is fundamental to our core values, one of which states that we will “serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to us.”

Tyson Foods has set targets to reduce our water use intensity, GHG emissions and to promote the practice of sustainable land stewardship. Through these efforts, we strive to make a long-lasting, positive impact on the environment as well as our company, team members, consumers and customers. Learn more about our commitment to protecting the environment.

Environmental Governance

Kevin Igli, Senior Vice President Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer, who reports to our Chief Sustainability Officer, provides corporate leadership, direction and technical standards for processes to guide our more than 592 environmental professionals. He assesses, prioritizes and manages all aspects of our environmental efforts across the company; monitors the status of environmental compliance and activities for both our domestic and international operations; and institutes regular meetings with regulatory officials to share information, build relationships and demonstrate our commitment to environmental excellence. Our internal Executive Environmental Council, comprised of Tyson Foods’ CEO, Group Presidents, CSO, Chief Environmental Officer and direct reports, meets monthly to stay abreast of the critical environmental issues facing the enterprise.

Environmental Management System

An environmental management system (EMS) is in place at each of our U.S. facilities. The EMS, modeled after ISO 14001, is designed to minimize the environmental footprint of our operations in the communities where we work and live, support achievement of our environmental goals and help us improve environmental compliance.

Notices of Violation (NOV) 75 76 48
Penalties per Fiscal Year $208,063 $2,064,503 $36,323
Total Reportable Chemical Spills (e.g., chemicals, fats, oils, fuels) 93 43 384
  1. These statistics are representative of all U.S.-based operations, excluding Cobb-Vantress.
  2. Excludes AdvancePierre, Original Philly, Tecumseh Poultry, American Proteins and Keystone Foods since we did not own them in FY2017.
  3. Only spills reported to the Federal Government. Does not include spills reported to the State as FY2018 and FY2019 do.
  4. Details regarding these spills are available in the GRI Index.

Tyson Foods incurred three penalties that exceeded $5,000 in FY2019. The Tyson Fresh Meats facility in Goodlettsville, Tennessee paid a penalty related to alleged violations regarding ammonia refrigeration equipment compliance with generally accepted good engineering practices as required. Specifically, this related to minor corrosion and two missing labels.

In Shelbyville, Tennessee, we paid a penalty for overdue hazardous waste annual reports from 2016 and 2017. This item was identified during a third party environmental audit and self-reported to the state environmental agency. Finally, our 54th Street facility in Enid, Oklahoma was required to pay a penalty for oil and grease exceedances.