Smithfield Foods has achieved ISO 14001 certification for all environmental management systems in its U.S. pork production and processing facilities.
“ISO certification acknowledges that Smithfield is meeting a stringent set of internationally respected environmental management standards,” says C. Larry Pope, president and chief operating officer of Smithfield Foods.
ISO 14001 is the international gold standard for environmental management. The International Organization for Standardization, based in Geneva, Switzerland, promotes the development and implementation of voluntary international standards for environmental management systems. If a facility receives ISO certification, it means that facility has implemented state-of-the-art environmental management systems that include formalized practices to protect the environment.
To obtain ISO certification, a company must meet a rigorous and comprehensive set of requirements and criteria developed by more than 2,000 experts worldwide. The certification process is conducted by an accredited third-party auditor and ensures that anyone receiving certification has mechanisms in place to ensure, and move beyond, environmental compliance.
In 2001 Smithfield began voluntarily implementing a comprehensive EMS on all of its Murphy-Brown pork operations. Subsequently Murphy-Brown, Smithfield’s livestock production subsidiary, was the world’s first livestock production company to receive ISO certification of its EMS.
An EMS is a management tool that provides an organized approach to identifying and managing those parts of its operations that could affect the environment, including manure handling, waste treatment systems, water conservation, sanitation and good housekeeping practices.