Actions speak louder than words.
Larry Martin, Minority Farmer Initiative
In 2020, Smithfield added Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) as a new, standalone pillar of our sustainability platform and established aggressive goals and targets that we will report on our progress toward achieving annually.

Within this pillar, our “Unity & Action” platform outlines our commitment to embody a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization.

Mindful that actions speak louder than words, we encourage you to see below for a comprehensive summary of the initiatives we have launched to support “Unity & Action” across our business.
From 1978-2000 in North Carolina we lost 67% of our Black farmers. From that same period we lost 70% of our land. That's 400,000 acres.
- Archie Hart, Special Assistant, N.C. Department of Agriculture
Read Smithfield's Unity & Action Announcement


We have established a contract grower program to support Black and minority farmers and diversify our hog supply chain. This innovative initiative will help us build a stronger agricultural future that encompasses a broader range of perspectives and backgrounds in our work to feed the world.


We are investing in the professional development of our team members through our new Operations Leadership Program (OLP), designed to create a robust pipeline of diverse candidates to fill future management positions. We also recently further diversified our Smithfield Foods Scholarship Program to be inclusive of additional historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to continue to drive candidates into that pipeline.

Additionally, we instituted a Future Leaders Program that extends scholarship support and career opportunities to diverse rising seniors by way of a summer internship.


We are committed to increasing our production facility spend with minority-owned businesses by 14% to achieve a more inclusive supply chain by 2025.


We have pledged financial support through 2022 to support access to education through community partnerships with: