Our Diversity Statement
Smithfield understands that its customers, employees and suppliers are critical to its success as a global food company. Smithfield is committed to partnering with customers. employees and suppliers of diverse backgrounds and geographic locations and to conduct our business in an ethical and inclusive way. Our global perspective and commitment to inclusion are central to our mission to produce good food, responsibility, and ultimately maximize shareholder value.
Smithfield is always seeking new markets for its products. We continually strive to reach out to a diverse customer base and produce good food that will be enjoyed by families across the globe. Our new initiatives include product development, marketing and advertising with diverse media outlets, sponsorships and forming successful partnerships with key influencers.
Smithfield is committed to attracting, training and maintaining a diverse workforce that is reflective of the marketplace. We strive to implement a companty culture that is inclusive, positive and performance oriented.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
At Smithfield Foods, “good” doesn’t stop with our products – it’s in everything we do. From our Operational Leadership Program that develops diverse candidates for management positions to our $15 million commitment to further diversity, equity and inclusion in food manufacturing and agriculture – we’re making good strides toward a more inclusive society.
Our Goals And Targets
Helping Our Heroes
Smithfield has a longstanding tradition of honoring the service and sacrifice of American veterans and their families. We’re committed to supporting the community and family support systems veterans rely on, including through veteran employment and career development.
Unity & Action
As a standalone pillar of our sustainability program, we have established aggressive DEI goals and targets that we report on our progress toward achieving annually.
Within this pillar, our “Unity & Action” platform represents a $15 million commitment to further diversity, equity and inclusion in food manufacturing, agriculture and education.
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.
MINORITY FARMER INITIATIVE
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, minority farmers represent just 5% of farmers in America; less than 2% identify as Black. 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.
EDUCATION & CAREER DEVELOPMENT
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.
SUPPLY CHAIN INITIATIVES
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 to the following partners to support access and DEI in education:
- The North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) to fund wireless hotspots for students in rural areas and address long-term internet access solutions for underserved communities.
- Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) to promote a diverse K-12 student pipeline interested in food, agriculture and natural resource careers.
- The Heritage STEM Camps Foundation (HSCF) to fund a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) summer camp empowering young minority woman ages 12-18 in the Mid-Atlantic region.
- An Achievable Dream (AAD) to support equity in education and provide resources to public-school districts in underserved communities in Tidewater Virginia.