Our purpose is to raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do, and we’re using our ingenuity and scale to responsibly feed the growing global population.
We’re proud to introduce our updated purpose-driven sustainability strategy and three major pillar in this report—1) empowering people, customers and communities; 2) conserving natural resources and protecting our planet; and 3) innovating for smart, responsible agriculture. I’m inspired by the considerable progress we’ve made in these areas, including, but not limited to, the examples below.
Empowering People, Customers and Communities
We reached our five-year goal of giving $50 million in cash and food donations by 2020 to alleviate hunger and help our communities thrive in 2019. The following year, with food insecurity increasing due to the pandemic, we donated an additional 31 million pounds valued at $65 million—enough to provide 124 million meals.
Conserving Natural Resources and Protecting Our Planet
We’re focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and set a new ambition to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across our global operations and supply chain by 2050. We also recently established contextual water targets to better understand water usage around priority facilities and communities—and reduced our water usage by almost 8% since 2015.
Innovating Smart, Responsible Agriculture
We’re working with Where Food Comes From to verify sustainable practices on five million acres of cattle grazing land through their BeefCARE™ program. This is the largest U.S. beef transparency program using measurable environmental protection standards and scientifically proven regenerative practices.
These achievements are just a few examples of our team members’ incredible work this past year. In a year unlike any before, I deeply appreciate how they safely worked together to produce sustainable, affordable protein for millions of people.
Our talented teams will help us continue to grow and deliver the high-quality food our customers and consumers expect from us. We’ll reach this goal through the determination, hard work and creativity we’ve drawn on throughout our 86-year history.
We look forward to continuing this momentum with our growers, farmers and ranchers, suppliers and team members to positively impact the world. I’m excited for what’s ahead as we work together to become the trusted, first choice for our customers and consumers.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Tyson Foods