Environmental stewardship and workplace safety are core pillars at Smithfield Foods.
SMITHFIELD, Va. – The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) recognized 67 of Smithfield Foods’ US facilities and hog operations for environmental achievements or workplace safety accomplishments, the company announced Feb. 21. NAMI, presented the awards at its Worker Safety and Environmental Recognition Awards program in Atlanta during the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).

The NAMI Environmental Awards program recognizes companies that go beyond compliance by developing and implementing innovative environmental programs. It is a four-tiered program beginning with environmental compliance policies in Tier 1 and culminating with the more complex ISO 14001 environmental management systems (EMS) as Tier 4.

“Environmental stewardship and workplace safety are core pillars of our industry-leading sustainability program,” said Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods. “Protecting the employees we call family and the local communities we call home is essential to delivering on our promise to produce good food in a responsible way.”

The NAMI Worker Safety Recognition Awards recognizes facilities for achieving high levels of safety performance. The biggest factor in receiving awards is the implementation of various components of an effective safety and health program, specifically injury and illness reduction efforts.

 The National Safety Council determines facilities’ recognition level by analyzing both the total recordable cases rate and the rate for cases with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (DART).