Smithfield Foods issued its annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which focuses on the company’s commitment to being socially responsible in all facets of its operations.

This is Smithfield Foods’ first Corporate Social Responsibility Report. In previous years, the company issued an annual Stewardship Report, which provided detailed information about the company’s performance record on the environment, animal welfare, employee safety and community involvement.

The new report underscores Smithfield’s expectations for its domestic and international employees. The company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics is translated into French, Spanish, Polish and Romanian.

You can download the report at

Here are a few of the accomplishments for Smithfield Foods during 2005:

  • Smithfield Foods became the first company in its industry to achieve ISO 14001 certification of its Environmental Management System for all U.S. pork production facilities and all pork and beef processing facilities, except for recent acquisitions. 
  • Smithfield’s Polish farms’ EMS achieved ISO 14001 certification.
  • Compass Group North America consulted with Smithfield and the U.S.-based nonprofit Environmental Defense to develop a first-of-its-kind purchasing policy related to the use of antibiotics in pork production.
  • All farms owned by Murphy-Brown LLC, Smithfield’s pork production subsidiary, and Smithfield’s Tar Heel, N.C., processing plant received USDA’s “Process Verified” certification.

Smithfield news release