Hormel, Tyson make 'Best Corporate Citizens' list

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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AUSTIN, Minn. and SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Hormel Foods Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc. were named among the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.

Hormel moved 11 spots up to No. 19, while Tyson ranked No. 90 of the 100 companies on the 13th annual list. This marks the fourth time Hormel was recognized, ranking No. 30 in 2011 and No. 40 in 2009 and 2010.

“We are honored to receive this recognition as the result of our long-standing commitment to corporate responsibility,” said Julie H. Craven, vice president of corporate communications at Hormel Foods. “We regard our corporate responsibility initiatives as a collaborative effort, representing the company’s accomplishments in the areas of people, process, performance, products and philanthropy.”

Part of Tyson’s ranking is tied to its ongoing initiatives to fight hunger in the US. The company has been involved in hunger relief efforts for 11 years and has donated more than 86 million lbs. of protein during that time, the company said.

“We’re pleased to be recognized for our corporate citizenship and believe this ranking reflects our efforts to do the right thing in every aspect of our business,” said Kevin Igli, senior vice president and chief environmental, health and safety officer for Tyson Foods. “In addition to operating our company responsibly, we also remain committed to such important endeavors as hunger and disaster relief, supporting the US military and being active in our plant communities.”

The CR Magazine Corporate Citizenship database tracks 318 data elements among seven data categories, including climate change, employee relations, environment, financial, governance, human rights and philanthropy. The list is compiled based on publicly available information.

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