About This Report

About This Report

As a multinational manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, brand-name food and meat products, we “Elevate the Everyday, Our Way” – everything we do, every decision we make, in every area of our business, we believe in doing it with integrity. Integrity is the foundation of our values statement, which we call “Our Way.” This report provides information on our commitment to operating responsibly, progress made and our future goals.


The 2010 Hormel Foods Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report covers anecdotal and benchmark data from fiscal year 2010 (November 2009 to October 2010). Our previous reports covered fiscal years 2006 to 2009.

Boundary and Measurement

The boundary of the report includes all entities that Hormel Foods “exercises control or significant influence with regard to financial and operating policies and practices,” as defined by the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Boundary Protocol. Environmental benchmark data is from 42 facilities, with the exception of energy and air emissions data, which do not include our LEED® Gold Progressive Processing LLC (Dubuque, IA) production facility that began operation in 2010. Employee data is from 45 facilities.

Our numerous suppliers, who are independent businesses, supply packaging materials, ingredients, transportation and animals for our operations. Because of the sheer breadth and variety of suppliers and because they operate as independent businesses, we do not publicly report on their performance. Both suppliers and joint ventures are required to follow government standards and are closely monitored by governmental regulatory agencies. Where applicable, we discuss these government standards in this report. For the independent family farmers who supply a majority of our hogs, we require participation by the producer and employees of the producer who work with animals to participate in industry training and education programs. You can read more about these efforts in the Animal Care portion of the Process section of this report.

Data is measured through internal controls and systems, such as our Environmental Management System that measures air emissions, water and energy use. All monetary figures are in dollars.


Living Our Principles

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    The Principles Platform is aligned with our internal values – Our Way – and it establishes how we specifically commit to doing business responsibly in five key areas: people, process, products, performance and philanthropy. To ensure an engaging and mutually beneficial environment for the people who make our business possible, […]

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  • Letter from the CEO

    Jeffrey M. Ettinger

    Read a message about the progress made in 2010.

  • Global Reporting Initiative

    The 2010 Hormel Foods Corporate Responsibility Report is self-declared Application Level A as confirmed by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). See the statement from GRI.

  • Living Our Principles


    We recognized employees for sustainability projects. Learn more.