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Our 2020 environmental goals are being measured against base year 2011 and include greenhouse gas (GHG) 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.
58
Progress

In 2017, we reduced over 6,000 metric tons of GHG emissions from our manufacturing operations – 58% of our goal when combined with our previous progress.

Energy

GOAL: Reduce nonrenewable energy use by 10% by 2020.
93
Progress

In 2017, we reduced our energy use by more than 62,000 MMBtu – 93% of our goal when combined with our previous progress.

Water

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

After surpassing our goal in 2016, we continue to achieve additional reductions. In 2017 alone, we reduced water use by 101 million gallons.

Solid Waste

Goal: Reduce solid waste sent to landfills by 10% by 2020.
Surpassed Goals
Progress

After surpassing our goal in 2014, we continue to achieve additional reductions. In 2017 alone, we reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 179 tons.

Packaging Minimization

Goal: Reduce product packaging by 25 million pounds by 2020.
89
Progress

In 2017, we reduced product packaging by 1.7 million pounds – 89% 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 2017, more than 2,000 audits were conducted to ensure the accountability of our standards.

Sodium Reduction

Goal: Reduce sodium levels in select products within our branded retail product portfolio by an average of 15%.
28
%
CHI-CHI’S®, Herdez® and La Victoria® tortillas
27
%
Hormel® Canadian bacon
14
%
Hormel® chili with beans
19
%
Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals
12
%
Hormel® Cure 81® retail hams
8
%
Hormel® refrigerated entrees
19
%
Hormel® smoked pork loins
20
%
Valley Fresh® chicken and turkey

Innovation

Goal: Deliver 15% of sales from new products developed and launched in the previous five years.
14
%
Progress

In 2017, 14% of our sales were from new products developed and launched in the previous five years.

Employee Safety

Goal: Provide a safe workplace for all employees and reduce our injury/illness rates each year.
Description 2016 2017
Total Case Incident Rate 3.11 2.72
Days Away From Work Injury And Illness 0.64 0.58
Days Away, Restricted Or Transfer 2.24 1.87
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Diversity and Inclusion

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

We received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. In addition, we have nine employee resource groups in place to support our efforts.

Communities

Goal: Help others through our focus areas of hunger, education and supporting the local communities where we operate.
$
7.8M
Cash and Product Donations
Progress

We contributed $7.8 million in cash and product donations in 2017.