Smithfield Foods – PPH East

Photo Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program

Smithfield Foods – PPH East

Smithfield, Virginia

Membership Type: Gold

Project Summary

Smithfield Foods is committed to reducing their environmental footprint. For more than a decade, Smithfield Foods has focused on sustainability.

The Premium Pet Health (PPH) East Businesses for the Bay program is one of three Smithfield Foods facilities included in the Alliance’s Businesses for the Bay program. 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. Read the Environmental Stewardship section of Smithfield’s Sustainability Report HERE.

The PPH East employees are creating an office Green Team, including staff from the Environmental Management System department; they plan to meet at least quarterly to discuss sustainability goals, work on projects, and collect documentation. The team plans to install interpretive and environmental educational signs in highly visible areas, pointing out the sustainable steps their team is taking in at least four environmental awareness points. Smithfield Foods sponsors the Envirothon program, with a specific goal of participation at the national and state levels.

The PPH East facility minimizes litter and keeps trash out of our waterways by providing contained outdoor cigarette butt receptacles for smokers. The team also cleans up trash in their community through at least one Project Clean Stream trash clean-up per year. In January 2019, a Berry Hill Road Cleanup took place with 19 participants from Smithfield North, Premium Pet Health, and the Corporate office. Berry Hill Road (Highway 666) passes through a tidal wetlands area near the Smithfield Foods facilities in Smithfield, VA. The group picked up 45 bags of trash, weighing approximately 1,350 pounds!

Berry Hill Road is all cleaned up!

Themes Fulfilled

Clean Water
Engaged Communities


Ruth DeBrito
Corporate Environmental Specialist

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