Statements and Responses
Wages, Working Conditions and Our Responsibility to Our Associates and Communities
Wages and benefits
We are committed to providing a safe, productive, inclusive and rewarding workplace. Our jobs are not minimum-wage jobs. We offer competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including options for medical, dental and vision coverage. The combination of pay rate and company-paid benefits puts the total compensation for our production associates above $15 per hour at all locations.
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.
Compliance with all applicable laws
We continue to comply with all applicable wage and hour laws and regulations, including those related to minimum wage, overtime compensation, piece rates, and any/all legally mandated benefits. Further, we ensure all associates work within the limits of regular and overtime hours. Where overtime is required, those associates are normally granted at least one day off in every seven-day period.
We also require that our associates and anyone working on our behalf – including business partners, vendors, service providers, independent contractors and each of their subcontractors – comply with all the laws and regulations in the countries in which they and Perdue operate, as well as with our company’s procedures and policies.
In particular, Perdue Farms requires that everyone in our supply chains adhere to an absolute prohibition on the use of human trafficking, slavery or involuntary labor of any kind, including child labor and indentured labor.
Associate safety, health and wellness?
Our safety programs create a culture of safety at our operations and position our workplaces as among the safest in the manufacturing sector, with key OSHA metrics better than the manufacturing sector as a whole, and among the best among poultry companies. Perdue's onsite Wellness Centers, staffed by healthcare providers from the community, provide associates and their dependents convenient access to affordable primary care. Our voluntary Health Improvement Program (HIP) helps associates adopt healthy lifestyles and targets major preventable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, resulting in measurable improvements in associate health and wellness.
Dignity, respect and diversity
Perdue is committed to treating all associates with dignity and respect and has a strong policy against any form of discrimination, harassment or abuse. This includes discrimination or harassment based on race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs. Any individual found guilty of this type conduct would be dealt with severely, up to and including termination of employment.
We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and the manner in which our facilities attract and bring together people from different racial, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.
In 2014, we committed to move beyond diversity by taking a more active role in creating an inclusionary workplace. We now have our Inclusion Council, compromised of diverse associates representing different areas of the company, providing direct input to the senior management team.
As part of our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, we reaffirm our commitment to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer all personnel actions without regard to color, religion, age, sex, gender identity, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, and any other characteristic protected by law. Further, as a government contractor/sub-contractor, we annually write Affirmative Action Plans for each unit within the company and as part of that exercise we thoroughly analyze all company practices to ensure discrimination does not exist. Perdue encourages diversity by providing scholarships at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and through targeted recruiting strategies.
We prefer to take a team approach to management and the Perdue Business Improvement Process encourages associate involvement and engagement. We have an open-door policy that provides every associate the opportunity to discuss any issue with any member of the management team, and peer-review panels to ensure policies are fairly applied. In addition, our associates can contact a third-party-operated, confidential, toll-free hotline. These policies are communicated to all associates at orientation and reinforced annually.
We believe a union-free environment provides the best opportunity for our associates to work together as a team. At the same time, we are fully committed to protecting the rights of all of our employees, including the right to associate, organize and bargain collectively in a lawful and peaceful manner, without penalty or interference.
We are committed to earning and maintaining the trust of our associates, business partners - including the farmers who raise our animals - and the community. That includes a commitment to operate all of our facilities in compliance with all local, state and federal laws, and to manage our business ethically and with a sense of responsibility and stewardship.