'Our Way' guides Hormel

by Bryan Salvage
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At Hormel Foods, ‘Our Way’ represents a vision for the future as the company continuously strives to grow its heritage of bringing more to the table for its employees, consumers, investors and the communities in which Hormel Foods operates.

The ‘Our Way’ mission is: As a leading branded food company with a focus on profitable growth and inspired by founder George A. Hormel’s charge to “Originate, don’t imitate,” the company markets a balanced portfolio of highly differentiated quality products. It engages its employees by working to create an environment where careers are fostered, people make a difference and integrity is absolute.

Our Way principles have helped Hormel Foods grow and succeed and guide its daily actions to support four key areas – the company’s people, processes, products and performance.

Our Way principles include:

Heritage – As stewards of the future, Hormel Foods identifies and strives to implement practices that protect natural resources and the environment.

Integrity – Hormel Foods team members take the high road, follow through on commitments and act in an ethical, honest and responsible manner.

Innovation – Hormel Foods “originates, doesn’t imitate” – but with the discipline to focus its practical curiosity on delivering real benefits for consumers, customers and the company.

Philanthropy – Hormel Foods is a community within its plant communities and has a heritage of giving back as a company and individually. The company’s Charitable Trust giving focuses are: hunger, education and plant communities.

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