Our environmental stewardship is not only about what we have to do. It’s more about what we should do. Our focus is on finding bold, impactful and innovative solutions to optimize our value chain, reduce waste and improve our energy and water efficiency. Our actions create value for our planet, business and stakeholders.
Our Environmental Commitments
At Smithfield Foods, “good” doesn’t stop with our products - it’s in everything we do. From our bold goal to be carbon negative in our U.S. operations by 2030 to our promises to reduce solid waste sent to landfill and water and energy use across our operations, we’re not just producing good food - we're doing good for our environment.
Our Goals And Targets
We launched our Smithfield Renewables platform in 2017 to unify the various carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts we’ve implemented across our value chain on our farms, in our manufacturing facilities and in our distribution network. Projects in our Renewables platform are designed to make our business more sustainable and accelerate progress toward our industry-leading commitments: to reduce absolute GHG emissions across our entire U.S. value chain 25% by 2025, 30% by 2030 and to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations by 2030.
The program focuses on four areas in our operations we can reduce environmental impact while increasing production: manure management; grain farms and feed milling; processing, transportation and non-grain; and consumer, retail and food waste.
Our innovative manure-to-energy program is the hallmark of our Renewables platform. Additional projects include regenerative agriculture initiatives, feed efficiency programs, renewable electricity purchases, zero-waste-to-landfill initiatives, reduced packaging and waste programs, water conservation efforts and initiatives to streamline transportation, manufacturing and facility logistics – plus more.
Through industry partnerships across our value chain, our Renewables projects are generating shared value for the environment, family farmers and businesses through economies of scale that make our environmental stewardship efforts economically feasible.
Smithfield Renewables Projects
To reach our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions across our entire supply chain 25% by 2025, we created Smithfield Renewables. This platform unifies, leads and accelerates our carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts.