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Our 2020 environmental goals are being measured against base year 2011 and include greenhouse gas emissions, energy, water and solid waste.

Our packaging minimization goal was established in fiscal year 2012, and we also monitor progress toward goals designed to support animal welfare, sodium reduction, innovation, employee safety, diversity and inclusion, and communities. Many of our goals support the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Goal: Reduce GHG emissions by 10% by 2020.
51
Progress

In 2016, we reduced over 9,000 metric tons of GHG emissions from our manufacturing operations – 51% of our goal when combined with our previous progress.

Energy

GOAL: Reduce nonrenewable energy use by 10% by 2020.
84
Progress

In 2016, we reduced our energy use by more than 157,000 MMBtu – 84% of our goal when combined with our previous progress.

Water

Goal: Reduce water use by 10% by 2020.
Surpassed Goals
Progress

In 2016, we reduced water use by 239 million gallons – exceeding our goal by 31% when combined with our previous progress.

Solid Waste

Goal: Reduce solid waste sent to landfills by 10% by 2020.
94
Solid Waste Reduction in Tons
Progress

After surpassing our goal in 2014, we continue to achieve additional reductions – in 2016 alone we reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 94 tons.

Packaging Minimization

Goal: Reduce product packaging by 25 million pounds by 2020.
82
Progress

In 2016, we reduced product packaging by 1.9 million pounds – 82% of our goal when combined with our previous progress.

Animal Welfare

Goal: Maintain the highest standards for animal welfare and handling throughout our entire supply chain.
2000
+
Audits Conducted
Progress

In 2016, more than 2,000 audits were conducted to ensure the accountability of our standards, and we publicly announced our antibiotic stewardship efforts.

Sodium Reduction

Goal: Reduce sodium levels in select products within our branded retail product portfolio by an average of 15%.
36
%
CHI-CHI’S®, Herdez® and La Victoria® tortillas
21
%
Hormel® Canadian bacon
12
%
Hormel® chili with beans
21
%
Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals
12
%
Hormel® Cure 81® retail hams
13
%
Hormel® refrigerated entrees*
19
%
Hormel® smoked pork loins*
25
%
Valley Fresh® chicken and turkey

*New category in 2016

Innovation

Goal: Deliver 15% of sales from new products developed and launched in the previous five years (new goal in 2016).

We will report our progress in future reports.

Employee Safety

Goal: Provide a safe workplace for all employees and reduce our injury/illness rates each year.
65.8
%
TCIR Reduction
Total Case Incident Rate
28.9
%
DAFWII Reduction
Days Away from Work Injury and Illness
56.9
%
DART Reduction
Days Away, Restricted or Transfer

Since 2006

Diversity and Inclusion

Goal: Promote a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
Diversity
Progress

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

Communities

Goal: Help others through our focus areas of hunger, education and supporting the local communities where we operate.
$
10.9M
Cash and Product Donations
Progress

2016 was a record year for our giving, with $10.9 million in cash and product donations.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Notes

  • G4-2

    Description of key impacts, risks and opportunities.

GRI Content Index