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Smithfield is proud to receive awards and other forms of recognition from leading companies and organizations for our commitment to excellence and sustainability. Here are just a few.
2021 Top Green Provider, Smithfield Foods North East, MD Distribution Center
Smithfield’s North East, MD distribution center was named a 2021 Top Green Provider by Food Logistics. The award recognizes companies whose products, services or exemplary leadership are enhancing sustainability in the cold food and beverage industry. Our state-of-the-art facility features the latest industry technology, including efficient refrigeration systems that reduce energy use by more than 19% and that utilize 50% less ammonia compared to similar facilities and chilling systems, optimized and low-flow water fixtures and zero-water landscaping, and LED lighting with occupancy sensors. Learn more about the LEED rating system.
LEED Silver Certification, Smithfield Foods North East, MD Distribution Center
Smithfield Foods’s distribution center in North East, MD has received Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The state-of-the-art facility, which began operating in fall 2019, is the first building in the company's portfolio to receive the LEED certification.
Apprenticeship NC – Outstanding Registered Apprenticeship Employer
The Apprenticeship NC - Outstanding Registered Apprenticeship Employer award annually recognizes a North Carolina employer with an inventive, effective workforce development system supporting workers, businesses and local economies. Smithfield's maintenance technician apprenticeship programs entail three years of classroom learning and an additional year of hands-on training with experienced technicians at local Smithfield facilities. Watch a video on Smithfield Foods’ Registered Apprenticeship Program at Wayne Community College.
2021 ProFood World Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards
Smithfield’s Crete, Neb.; Kinston, N.C.; and Sioux Falls, S.D. facilities have been recognized by The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) for their efforts in driving improved performance through sustainability and going beyond environmental compliance.
2021 North American Meat Institute Awards
The NAMI Environmental Achievement Awards are presented to member companies that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing an innovative plant upgrade or environmental program. The company's Orange City, Iowa; Springdale, Ohio; Lincoln, Neb. and Cudahy, Wisc. facilities received 2021 Environmental Achievement Awards.
American Business (“Stevie”) Awards – Most Exemplary Employer, COVID-19 Response; Energy Industry Innovation of the Year, North East, MD Distribution Center
The American Business Awards® are the premier business awards program in the U.S.A. Smithfield Foods was recognized with a bronze award In the category of COVID-19 Response, which was designed to honor organizations that have worked valiantly to keep the country safe, healthy, employed, and informed throughout the pandemic. Our North East Distribution Center also received a bronze award in the Sustainable Best Practices category.
Forbes, 2020 Best Employers for Vets List
Forbes compiled this list, in partnership with market research firm Statista, by surveying more than 5,000 U.S. veterans, who have served in the armed forces, including the military, the National Guard and military reserves. Inclusion on this list recognizes Smithfield’s veteran-friendly working conditions and environment as well as our approach to diversity and inclusion. View the full list.
2020 “Best for Vets” Ranking
In 2020, Military Times included Smithfield Foods in the publication’s Best for Vets Employers rankings for the second consecutive year. Awarded during National Military Month, the rankings recognize companies for their efforts to recruit and support service members, veterans, and military families. The company hired nearly 700 veterans in 2019 and provides designated veteran hiring, training, retaining and employment initiatives for individuals transitioning out of military service.
2020 North American Meat Institute Awards
Smithfield received a total of 73 awards from the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) in 2019. NAMI presented Smithfield facilities with 46 Environmental Recognition Awards, which are bestowed upon organizations that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing innovative plant upgrades or environmental programs. Smithfield facilities received 27 additional awards for their worker safety efforts. Eight Smithfield locations received the Worker Safety Award of Honor, the highest award bestowed by the organization.
2019 “Best for Vets” Ranking
In 2019, Military Times included Smithfield Foods in the publication’s Best for Vets Employers rankings. Awarded during National Military Month, the rankings recognize companies for their efforts to recruit and support service members, veterans, and military families. Smithfield’s Helping Our Heroes initiative is focused on employing more than 4,000 military veterans—or 10 percent of the company’s U.S. workforce—by 2025. The company hired more than 600 veterans in 2018 and provides designated training for individuals transitioning out of military service.
ESI Environmental Stewardship Award
In 2019, Smithfield Foods received the 10-year Environmental Stewardship Award for our Tar Heel, North Carolina, facility from the North Carolina Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI). This program is run by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC-DEQ) and promotes superior environmental performance in North Carolina. The NC-DEQ provides technical assistance and networking opportunities to stimulate the development and implementation of programs that use pollution prevention and innovative approaches to meet and go beyond regulatory requirements. Our Wilson, North Carolina, facility also received this honor in 2018.
2019 Rock Star of the Supply Chain
In its March 2019 issue, Food Logistics magazine named Smithfield’s Chris Lahti among the winners of the annual Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award. This award recognizes champions in the global food and beverage supply chain industry whose achievements, hard work, and vision have shaped and attained milestones in safety, efficiency, productivity, and innovation. Lahti, vice president of distribution, received this honor for his efforts and his team’s role in supply chain consolidation initiatives within the company, which resulted in significant operational, sustainability, and economic benefits.
2019 Manufacturing Leadership Awards
In 2019, the National Association of Manufacturers recognized Smithfield with two 2019 Manufacturing Leadership Awards for a zero-waste-to-landfill initiative and SAP technology integration project. The prestigious awards honor projects and leaders that shape the future of global manufacturing. Smithfield’s zero-waste-to-landfill initiative encourages the company’s domestic facilities to meet a rigorous set of criteria to eliminate waste sent to landfill. The SAP technology integration project successfully integrated and streamlined Smithfield’s business functions under one operating system to drive efficiencies and enhance performance across all plants and production lines.
2019 North American Meat Institute Awards
Smithfield received a total of 67 awards from the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) in 2018. NAMI presented Smithfield facilities with 43 Environmental Recognition Awards, which are bestowed upon organizations that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing innovative plant upgrades or environmental programs. Smithfield facilities received 24 additional awards for their worker safety efforts. Eight Smithfield locations received the Worker Safety Award of Honor, the highest award bestowed by the organization.
2018 Processor of the Year
Food Processing, one of our industry’s most closely followed trade magazines and websites, named Smithfield Foods its 2018 Processor of the Year. In doing so, it acknowledged that Smithfield “perhaps has never been stronger” and “is on a roll again, buoyed by U.S. fascination with protein, foreign markets for pork and some recent acquisitions.” As part of its recognition, Food Processing wrote in-depth articles focusing on Smithfield’s research & development efforts as well as the success of the “One Smithfield” initiative that has encouraged sharing of best practices across the organization.
CR Magazine 2017 Responsible CEO of the Year Award
President and CEO Ken Sullivan was named CR Magazine’s Responsible CEO of the Year in 2017. This award is presented to CEOs that visibly exceed standards in the areas of employee relations, environmental impact, sustainability, human rights, philanthropy, and corporate responsibility practices. To be selected, judges measure the magnitude in which candidates have impacted their organization and community, the extent of corporate initiatives led by CEOs during the previous year, and the overall risk inherited by CEOs in order to deliver on corporate commitments.
Ceres No. 1 Ranking for Water Management
In its 2017 report, Feeding Ourselves Thirsty, leading business sustainability organization Ceres ranked Smithfield Foods No. 1 in water management among leading meat companies. The report evaluates publicly available information on the water use, stewardship, and policies of 42 major food sector companies in four industries: packaged food, beverage, meat, and agricultural products. The report examines how water risks affect the profitability and competitive positioning of these companies.
2016 Friend of Conservation Award
For our achievements in natural resource reduction, protection, and education, Smithfield Foods received the 2016 Friend of Conservation Award from the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). The NACD is a national nonprofit organization that represents and serves 3,000 local conservation districts across the country. In presenting the award, the NACD noted Smithfield’s longtime sponsorship of the National Conservation Foundation-Envirothon, an educational and environmental conservation competition for high school students.
2015 Safety First Grant Winner
Smithfield Foods was selected by Safety National as a winner of its 2015 Safety First Grant Program. Safety National, a leading provider of workers compensation insurance solutions, awarded the $10,000 grant to Smithfield to support our innovative and impactful blade stop technology used in meat cutting band saws. This pioneering technology reduces lacerations and other safety risks to employees. Safety National’s Risk Control Committee evaluated award nominees based on creativity, innovation, anticipated impact, marketability, and repeatability.