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2016-05-11

Response to Oxfam Report “No Relief”


The health and welfare of our associates is paramount and we take these types of allegations very seriously.  The anecdotes reported are not consistent with Perdue’s policies and practices.  Perdue has an Open Door Policy which includes an anonymous toll-free hotline to voice concerns.  Our internal review did not find any of these complaints. We asked Oxfam for additional information so we can investigate these allegations but they did not respond to our request. 

Regarding bathroom breaks, our associates receive two 30-minutes breaks during each eight-hour shift. They typically work 2 to 2˝ hours, have a 30-minute break, work another 2 to 2˝ hours and have another 30-minute break, then work the remainder of the shift. If an associate is unable to wait for the scheduled break and needs to use the restroom, they are to be given permission to leave the line as soon as someone can cover for them.  If a department is short-staffed that day, there may be times it is difficult to provide immediate coverage.  If an associate has a health or other reason why they need more frequent restroom breaks, they can visit the onsite Wellness Center for support services or talk with Human Resources to request an accommodation for their condition. 

We are proud of our associates and their commitment to the wholesomeness and quality of our products, and to workplace safety. We are pleased that in a survey of more than 16,000 associates conducted in November of 2015, 90 percent of our associates were positive about their jobs and 88 percent were positive about safety and working conditions.  

 

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