Statements and Responses
Environmental Stewardship Position Statement
We recognize that our consumers, customers and communities expect us to be responsible stewards of our share natural resources. We also recognize that producing more with less is not the full measure of sustainability, and that we need to take a holistic approach that overlaps with our commitments to food safety and quality, animal welfare, associate well-being, consumer preferences, community concerns and supporting family farms.
As a market leader, we know we have to go beyond compliance to actively address the full range of environmental stewardship challenges related to animal agriculture and food production, and that environmental stewardship includes partnering with and supporting efforts and organizations that bring stakeholders together to protect our natural resources.
We count “Stewardship” among our core company Values, and incorporate environmental sustainability into our company goals. We have environmental scorecards for each of our operations to track our progress in reducing energy and water use, increasing recycling, and community involvement and associate engagement. We have environmental managers responsible for each of our larger facilities and each facility has an environmental management system to reduce environmental impacts and lower our overall carbon footprint.
Our commitment to environmental stewardship extends across our supply chain, including
Environmental Stewardship and the Chesapeake Bay
With operations on Delmarva, we understand the unique environmental challenges of agricultural production in the Chesapeake Bay and coastal bays watersheds. In 2001 we spent $12 million to build the first – and still only – litter-recycling operation on Delmarva, making us the only poultry company offering an alternative to land application. Through that project, Perdue AgriReycle we’ve been picking up surplus litter from poultry growers for more than 15 years, spending another $38 million in the process. Since 2001, Perdue AgriRecycle has found an environmentally responsible use for well over 1 billion pounds of surplus litter – and could handle more. We’re investing another $10 million in a composting operation, so we can take in even more litter, plus other nutrient-rich by-products from poultry production and processing, further reducing the need for land application. These projects ensure Perdue can accept litter from any of its Delmarva growers who can’t or don’t want to use, sell or barter their litter.