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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 12th annual report with you.

Welcome, and thank you for visiting the 2017 Hormel Foods Corporate Responsibility Report. At Hormel Foods, we know that building social value and creating economic value are not competing goals, and we are inspired to do our part in making the world a better place. In fact, we continue to be recognized for our efforts. We were honored to once again be named as one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. In addition, we received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index and were named a Best for Vets Employer by Military Times.

We recently launched our corporate responsibility platform called Our Food Journey™. This journey consists of producing food responsibly for customers and consumers around the world by focusing on:

  • Investing in our people and partners;
  • Improving communities around the world; and
  • Creating products that improve the lives of others.

I’m pleased to share the following 2017 highlights in these areas:

  • Surpassed Goals

    On Track

    After surpassing our goal to reduce solid waste sent to landfills and water use by 10 percent by 2020, we continued to implement projects to achieve further reductions. We remain on track to achieve our goals to reduce nonrenewable energy use by 10 percent and product packaging by 25 million pounds by 2020.

  • Water

    Water Stewardship

    In addition to reducing water use by 101 million gallons, we developed and published our Sustainable Agriculture Policy and completed a high-level water risk assessment of our top suppliers.

  • Antibiotic Stewardship

    Animal Welfare And Antibiotic Stewardship

    To ensure the accountability of our high standards for animal welfare throughout our supply chain, more than 2,000 audits were conducted. In addition, we continued to advance our antibiotic stewardship efforts. These efforts consist of reducing the use of antibiotics, the responsible use of antibiotics, investing in producing raised-without-antibiotics products and working with others to create solutions through our Antibiotic Working Group.

  • Sodium Redection

    Sodium Reduction And Clean-Label Initiative Efforts

    We launched over 520 new retail and foodservice items and also continued to advance our sodium reduction efforts and clean-label initiative.

  • Diversity

    Diversity, Inclusion And Employee Safety

    Our inspired employees are the cornerstone of our company. We continue to place great emphasis on our diversity and inclusion efforts and have nine employee resource groups in place. We also continue to put the safety of our employees first by focusing on training, audits and improving our safety performance year over year.

  • Charitable Giving

    Charitable Giving

    We donated $7.8 million in cash and product donations. This includes $5.4 million in hunger donations, our donation of 2.6 million cans of SPAMMY® (a shelf-stable poultry product to help prevent childhood malnutrition in Guatemala), and more than $827,000 in education donations.

I would like to thank all of our team members 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, I encourage you to 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
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer