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Surpassed Goals
Exceeded Our 2020 Goal
Water

We surpassed our water reduction goal and joined the Ceres and World Wildlife Fund AgWater Challenge.

We are inspired to do our part in making the world a better place. That’s why we place great emphasis on the environment when producing products for customers and consumers around the world.

To minimize our environmental impact, we’ve set goals to reduce our non-renewable energy use, water use, solid waste sent to landfills and greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent by 2020. These goals are established on a target to implement projects that provide absolute reductions equaling 10 percent of our base-year level (2011). To help meet these environmental goals across the company, we invest in our facilities and establish specific metrics to improve the efficiency of our operations.

In addition to these goals, we also aim to reduce our product packaging by 25 million pounds by 2020. Our packaging team regularly evaluates our packaging design, consistently looking for minimization opportunities.

2016 Progress

In 2016, we were proud to announce 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. We will provide updates on our progress through this challenge in future reports.

The AgWater Challenge

Hormel Foods cares about its people, the environment and the quality of products it makes. That is what makes me love coming to work every day.

Pat, 21 years of service

Our Environmental Progress

Reduce Product Packaging
25M
pounds
2020 Goal

Reduce non-renewable energy use, water use, solid waste sent to landfills and greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent, and to reduce product packaging by 25 million pounds.

  • Surpassed Goals

    Solid Waste Reduction Goal Surpassed

    We surpassed our goal of reducing solid waste sent to landfills in 2014 and continue to implement projects to achieve additional reductions.

  • Surpassed Goals

    Water Reduction Goal Surpassed

    We surpassed our water reduction goal during 2016 and will continue to drive projects to achieve additional reductions.

  • $
    4.8M
    In Facility Improvements

    We Are On Track To Achieve Our Remaining Environmental Goals

    We implemented more than $4.8 million in facility improvements in 2016 and joined the Ceres and World Wildlife Fund AgWater Challenge to work with growers in our supply chain to reduce water use and improve water quality.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Notes

  • G4-EN31

    Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type.

GRI Content Index