Smithfield Foods publishes final installment of sustainability report

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SMITHFIELD, Va. – Smithfield Foods Inc. has published the final segment of its 2016 Sustainability report. The Helping Communities and People section is the final installment and showcases Smithfield’s commitment to charitable giving and community support where employees live and work. Also, the final section reports on Smithfield’s expanded employee resource groups that engage and further develop the talents of its employees.

Some of Smithfield’s charitable giving efforts focused on hunger, veterans and education include:

• Donating more than 17.6 million servings of protein through Helping Hungry Homes, a Smithfield Foods initiative that works to alleviate hunger and raise awareness of food insecurity.

• Partnering with Operation Homefront to give cash and grocery donations to military families.

• Supporting education in its hometown of Smithfield, Virginia, through a $3 million donation to Isle of Wight County Schools.

“At Smithfield, we understand that our success is directly related to the engagement and well-being of our people,” Mark Garrett, chief people officer for Smithfield Foods, said in a statement. “We’ve launched and revamped employee resource groups and created new employee engagement opportunities to proactively address our employees’ needs and prepare them for fulfilling careers.”

Smithfield prepared its report in accordance with the core option of the G4 Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative. Additional sections now available include Governance & Management, International Operations and Value Creation, along with key metrics measuring the company's sustainability performance.

This release follows the Animal Care, Environment and Food Safety & Quality report sections published earlier this month. The complete report is now available online at smithfieldfoods.com/2016report.

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