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Jim Snee

We are proud of the progress we have made as a leading corporate citizen in our industry and are excited to share our 11th annual report with you.

Welcome, and thank you for visiting the 2016 Hormel Foods Corporate Responsibility Report. At Hormel Foods, we are inspired to do our part in making the world a better place.

We continue to produce food responsibly for customers and consumers around the world through five focus areas: the environment, animal welfare, our products, people and communities. We work hard to advance our efforts every year, and this past year was no exception.

In fact, we are proud to report that we:

  • Surpassed Goals

    Surpassed Our 2020 Water Reduction Goal

    In 2016 alone, we implemented projects that reduced water usage by 239 million gallons. We are also on track to achieve our remaining 2020 environmental goals.

  • Water

    Announced Our Participation In The Ceres And World Wildlife Fund AgWater Challenge

    Through this initiative, we will work with growers in our supply chain to reduce water use and improve water quality.

  • Antibiotic Stewardship

    Conducted More Than 2,000 Audits

    These audits ensure the accountability of our animal welfare standards. We also publicly announced our antibiotic stewardship efforts.

  • Sodium Redection

    Continued Our Sodium Reduction And Clean-Label Initiative Efforts

    In 2016, we added two additional sodium-reduction product categories.

  • New Product

    Launched Several New On-The-Go Offerings

    These included three varieties of Hormel®REV® bites, Hormel Gatherings™ culinary pairings products and two new varieties of SKIPPY® P.B. bites. We also acquired Justin’s LLC, owner of the Justin’s® brand and a pioneer in nut-butter-based snacking.

  • Continued To Advance Our Diversity, Inclusion And Employee Safety Efforts.

    In 2016, an additional employee resource group was formed, and we achieved a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.

  • Charitable Giving

    Had A Record Year For Our Charitable Giving, With $10.9 Million In Cash And Product Donations

    This includes $7.4 million in hunger donations, our donation of 2.7 million cans of SPAMMY® (a shelf-stable poultry product to help prevent childhood malnutrition in Guatemala) and more than $826,000 in education donations.

  • Celebration

    Celebrated The 125th Anniversary Of Our Company

    We also launched our new purpose statement — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™

We continue to be recognized for our work in these important areas and were honored to once again be named as one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. I would like to thank all of our employees worldwide as well as our partners and suppliers, as it takes everyone working together to achieve these outstanding results. And while we celebrate these achievements, we realize there is more to accomplish on this journey.

Please read more about our progress in this online report. As always, please email sustainability@hormel.com to share any feedback you may have about our report or our corporate responsibility efforts.

Thank you,

Jim Snee

Jim Snee
President and Chief Executive Officer

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Notes

  • G4-1

    Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization.

  • G4-2

    Description of key impacts, risks and opportunities.

  • G4-13

    Significant changes during the reporting period regarding size, structure or ownership, or supply chain.

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