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SALISBURY, Md. – Perdue Farms has unveiled its formal corporate sustainability platform, “We Believe in Responsible Food and Agriculture”, with the launch of its first Corporate Responsibility Report.
“As a values-driven, family owned business, Perdue Farms has a three-generation history of conducting business in a manner worthy of the trust of everyone our business touches,” said Jim Perdue, chairman. “Through promises that cover every aspect of our business and all of our constituencies, our ‘We believe in responsible food and agriculture’ platform incorporates our company’s long-standing values into a formal structure of accountability and transparency.”
Outlined in Perdue’s Corporate Responsibility Report are the company’s recent accomplishments in food safety, quality and nutrition; associate health, safety and well-being; poultry welfare; environmental stewardship; commitments to customers and farmers; and research, development and investments in the future.
Its Corporate Responsibility Report covers:
• The company’s associate safety, health and wellness programs, including onsite Wellness Centers providing primary care to associates and their families.
• Environmental stewardship, including greenhouse gas reductions, fossil fuel reductions and water use reductions.
• Poultry welfare programs that exceed industry standards,
• Corporate philanthropy and associate volunteerism,
• Food safety and improvements in the health and nutrition aspects of its products
• Improvements in customer service
• Innovation, new products and investments in the company’s future.
Highlights of the report include:
• A 45.2 percent improvement in recycling percentages and nine percent reduction in landfill pounds in 2012, vs. 2009 baseline measurement.
• An 8.5 percent decrease in Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect) carbon emissions, compared to a 2009 baseline.
• Associate enrollment in the Perdue Health Improvement Program (HIP) increased to 88 percent since the program’s inception in 2008, and the average associate “HIP” health score (measured on a scale of 1-5) has risen from 3.44 to 3.63
• In FY12, Perdue Farms exceeded its safety goals, which include OSHA safety metrics, by more than 18 percent. The company also exceeded its Fleet Safety Goal for its truck fleet.
• The Perdue brand’s recently introduced line of Simply Smart fully cooked, frozen products as part of an ongoing move to all-natural ingredients with better nutrition.
• The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, made 89 grants to 79 different organizations in 2011.
The Perdue Farms Corporate Responsibility Report can be viewed online at www.responsiblefoodandagriculture.com