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The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Recognizes Smithfield Foods as a Businesses For The Bay Founding Gold Member
(Annapolis, MD – September 11, 2017) – The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay recognizes Smithfield Foods as a Businesses for the Bay Founding Gold Member. Smithfield Foods renewed their membership with a growing partnership of large and small businesses in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that are undertaking voluntary actions to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, rivers, and streams.
The Businesses for the Bay membership association provides a network for its Members to share strategies and successes with other businesses and governmental and non-profit Networking Partners, as well as opportunities to engage employees in environmental efforts, and receive recognition for the valuable role each Member is taking to help improve the environment. As a Founding Gold Member, the Alliance recognizes Smithfield Foods for its commitment to Chesapeake Bay protection and restoration.
The Smithfield Foods 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.
In March 2017, twenty-six employees from the company’s two processing facilities and its offices in Smithfield, VA joined together to pick-up trash on Berry Hill Road (Highway 666) from Church Street to RT-10 as part of the Adopt-a- Highway program. The group picked up a total of 59 bags of trash weighing 700 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 2017, they held an Environmental and Sustainability Training conference and over 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 the environment section of Smithfield’s Sustainability 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.
Stewart Leeth, Smithfield Foods VP and Chief Sustainability Officer, noted, “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.”
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Business Partnerships Manager, Corinne Stephens, stated, “Through the Alliance’s Businesses for the Bay membership association, we help businesses to have a positive impact on Chesapeake Bay restoration, to expand their own sustainability programs, and to be recognized for their environmental successes.”
For more information about this Businesses for the Bay Founding Gold Member, please visit our Member Directory or http://businesses.allianceforthebay.org/member/smithfield-foods.
About The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Founded in 1971, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, with headquarters in Annapolis, MD and offices in Richmond, Virginia, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, works throughout the Bay watershed to lead, support and inspire local action and build partnerships with individuals, communities, governments, businesses and other groups to restore the Bay watershed and its forests, rivers and streams. For more information about the Alliance, visit: http://allianceforthebay.org
For more information about the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Businesses for the Bay membership association, please visit: http://businesses.allianceforthebay.org or click here to read the 2016 Businesses for the Bay Annual Report.