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On a biennial basis, we use a third party to help research, analyze and asses the key topics affecting the food industry.

We simultaneously engage with stakeholders inside and outside of the organization to help determine the overall significance and priority of each topic within our report. Our stakeholders include our employees, customers, consumers, investors, suppliers, nongovernmental organizations, government agencies and communities. This assessment is reviewed and approved by the Hormel Foods Corporate Responsibility Council and the executive-level Corporate Responsibility Steering Committee. For this report, we analyzed the topics according to the aspects of the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 Framework.

The following table summarizes the topics of interest for our stakeholders regarding our corporate responsibility reporting, based on our feedback and analysis process.

Topic Description More Information
Animal welfare (i.e., standards, audits, sow housing and antibiotics) How we ensure the proper treatment of animals at company-owned farms and by our suppliers Animal Welfare
Bribery and anticorruption How we ensure an ethically sound culture About Hormel Foods
Conflict minerals Compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission rule on conflict minerals Products
Diversity and inclusion Our commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment People
Employee satisfaction and trends (i.e., employee demographics, turnover rate, training, compensation and benefits) How we attract and retain our employees People
Food safety How we ensure food safety and quality Products
Food waste How we minimize food waste Environment and Products
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) About the use of genetically modified food ingredients Products
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions How we reduce GHG emissions Environment
Hazardous waste About our waste handling practices Environment
Hunger relief How we help with hunger relief Communities
Lobbying disclosure and political contributions About our legislative affairs About Hormel Foods
Nutrition and wellness About our nutrition and wellness initiatives Products
Occupational health and safety How we ensure a safe work environment People
Palm oil sourcing Our palm oil sourcing commitments About Hormel Foods
Philanthropy (i.e., volunteerism and donations) How we give back to communities Communities
Product labeling and communications How we ensure the accuracy of information about our products Products
Solid waste How we reduce our solid waste sent to landfills Environment
Supply chain management (i.e., principles, assessments and supplier diversity) About our supply chain and our expectations of suppliers About Hormel Foods
Corporate responsibility governance About our corporate responsibility structure About Hormel Foods
Water How we reduce water usage Environment
Human rights How we respect the rights of all workers People
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Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Notes

  • G4-18

    Process for defining the report content and aspect boundaries; how the organization has implemented the reporting principles for defining report content.

  • G4-19

    Material aspects identified in the process for defining report content.

  • G4-20

    Boundary for each material aspect, including if it is material for all entities within the organization, and any specific limitation to the aspect boundary.

  • G4-48

    Report the highest committee or position that formally reviews and approves the organization’s sustainability report and ensures that all material aspects are covered.

  • G4-DMA
    Economic Performance
  • G4-DMA
    Indirect Economic Impacts
  • G4-DMA
    Procurement Practices
  • G4-DMA
    Materials
  • G4-DMA
    Energy
  • G4-DMA
    Water
  • G4-DMA
    Emissions
  • G4-DMA
    Effluents and Waste
  • G4-DMA
    Products and Services
  • G4-DMA
    Compliance
  • G4-DMA
    Transport
  • G4-DMA
    Overall
  • G4-DMA
    Supplier Environmental Assessment
  • G4-DMA
    Environmental Grievance Mechanisms
  • G4-DMA
    Employment
  • G4-DMA
    Labor/Management Relations
  • G4-DMA
    Occupational Health and Safety
  • G4-DMA
    Training and Education
  • G4-DMA
    Diversity and Equal Opportunity
  • G4-DMA
    Supplier Assessment for Labor Practices
  • G4-DMA
    Investment
  • G4-DMA
    Nondiscrimination
  • G4-DMA
    Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  • G4-DMA
    Child Labor
  • G4-DMA
    Forced or Compulsory Labor
  • G4-DMA
    Anti-corruption
  • G4-DMA
    Public Policy
  • G4-DMA
    Compliance
  • G4-DMA
    Supplier Assessment for Impacts on Society
  • G4-DMA
    Animal Welfare
  • G4-DMA
    Customer Health and Safety
  • G4-DMA
    Product and Service Labeling
  • G4-DMA
    Marketing Communications
  • G4-DMA
    Customer Privacy
GRI Content Index