LAUREL, MISS. – Using the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s guidance for the meat, poultry and dairy sectors, Sanderson Farms Inc. published its 120-page Corporate Responsibility Report for 2019 on Sept. 3. 

The 2019 annual report highlights Sanderson’s accomplishments related to environmental, social and governance risks.

The report details achievements that cover progress made in hiring practices, worker safety, philanthropy and community involvement, energy conservation and reducing water use.  

Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chairman of the board and chief executive officer, said part of the company’s top priorities is operating with integrity.

“We hope these disclosures will provide decision-useful information to our investors, business partners, customers, and other constituents about the environmental impact of our business, our animal welfare standards, our workplace health and safety standards, and the safety of our food products,” he said. “By helping to ensure a sustainable future for society, we also help ensure that our company will have a long-term role in meeting society’s needs.”

Specific highlights of the 2019 report include:

•More than 87% of Sanderson Farms employees are women and minorities, including over 55% of the management team.

• Sanderson’s injury rates decreased by 21% in 2019 compared to the previous year.

• Sanderson has donated $12 million and 2.4 million lbs of poultry products to charitable and community organizations where it operates since 2011.

• Sanderson has reduced its electricity use by 20%; natural gas by 35%; and water by 40%. The company recycled about 27% of the water it used in its operations.