Smithfield Foods

Photo Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program

Smithfield Foods

Smithfield, Virginia

Membership Type: Gold

Project Summary

Smithfield Foods is a Founding Businesses for the Bay Member, committed to reducing their environmental footprint. For more than a decade, Smithfield Foods has focused on sustainability. This video gives an overview of the company’s current program.

Their Businesses for the Bay program encompasses all of their operations, and the projects are being implemented at facilities throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including the Headquarters in Smithfield, Virginia. Sustainability is ingrained in their culture, and that applies to the way they run their plants, the products they produce, and the way they treat their employees and the communities where they operate.

Smithfield employees picked up 25 bags of trash from Berry Hill Road

Smithfield employees picked up 25 bags of trash from Berry Hill Road

In June 2016, eighteen employees from the North Facility and the Corporate Office joined together to pick-up trash on Berry Hill Road (Highway 666) from Church Street to I-10 as part of the Adopt-a- Highway program. The group picked up a total of 25 bags of trash weighing 380 pounds.

They minimize litter at their facilities and keep trash out of our waterways by providing outdoor cigarette butt receptacles for smokers and use a broom when cleaning outdoor areas, instead of a hose.

Smithfield Foods controls stormwater runoff by planting buffers (over 10,000 linear feet) around their hog farm and processing operations. They sponsor the Envirothon program, with a specific goal of participation at the national and state levels. In 2016, 71 Envirothon events were supported at various locations. They also provide environmental education for employees by supporting leadership training that addresses environmental protection and conservation. In August 2016, they held an Environmental and Sustainability Training conference and 120 employees attended!

Smithfield Foods has a goal in place to reduce normalized energy consumption by 5% by 2020 using 2014 as a baseline. Energy reduction projects, such as installing motion sensor lighting, installing automatic temperature controls on thermostats, and converting bulbs or lamps to low-energy options, will continue to be implemented across the company to address the stated goal. In 2016, 18 million KWHr were saved through various energy-saving projects across the company. They also have an overall company goal to reduce water consumption by 10% from 2014 – 2020. Read Smithfield’s Environmental Stewardship Report HERE.

Smithfield Foods is a proud supporter of the community. As a 2017 Gold Taste of the Chesapeake Sponsor, Smithfield Foods is a vital supporter of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and our critical work throughout the Chesapeake watershed to restore the Bay, its lands, rivers and streams. In addition, Smithfield Foods celebrated 2017 Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week by sponsoring the inaugural Back to the Bay event on Saturday, June 10th. Smithfield Foods also hosted and spoke at the successful Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Smithfield, VA Forum: Linking Communities, Businesses, and Waterway Protection on June 21, 2017 at The Smithfield Center and Outdoor Venues in Smithfield, VA.

Download the 2016 Smithfield Foods- Gold B4B Member Press Release

Themes Fulfilled

Clean Water
Engaged Communities
Other Green Initiatives
As the world’s largest pork producer and processor, Smithfield has a responsibility to be a leader in sustainability, and is cognizant of the unique challenges we face. We are pleased with our progress on our commitments to reduce the environmental impacts, and are happy to join with other companies and organizations in the region to protect the Bay.


Bill Gill
AVP Environmental Affairs

For more information about contacting this member, email Corinne Stephens.