Water, solid waste, air and energy goals were established in fiscal year 2012 and are being measured in absolute totals against base year 2011 at company-owned and international manufacturing locations.

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Goal: Energy

Reduce 10 percent of non-renewable energy use by 2020.

2012 Progress:

Reduced 92,000 MMBtu (14 percent of goal).

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Goal: Air

Reduce 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

2012 Progress:

Reduced 11,000 metric tons C02-e (14 percent of goal).

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Goal: Water

Reduce 10 percent of water use by 2020.

2012 Progress:

Reduced 0.122 billion gallons (24 percent of goal).

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Goal: Innovation

Earn $2 billion in total sales from products created since 2000 by the year 2012.

2012 Progress:

Achieved goal.

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Goal: Diversity and Inclusion

Promote a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

2012 Progress:

  • Added two employee resource groups.
  • Created a three-year diversity and inclusion strategic plan.
  • Created a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council and an Executive Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.
  • Provided diversity training to our senior leadership and piloting leadership development training for women.

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Goal: Solid Waste

Reduce 10 percent of solid waste sent to landfill by 2020.

2012 Progress:

Reduced 1,700 tons (51 percent of goal).

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Goal: Packaging Minimization

Reduce product packaging by 25 million pounds by 2020.

2012 Progress:

Reduced packaging by 4.05 million pounds; completed 40 packaging reduction projects.

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Goal: Sodium Reduction

Reduce sodium levels in select products within branded retail product portfolio by an average of 15 percent by 2020.

2012 Progress:

  • Hormel® Cure 81® retail hams: 14 percent reduction.
  • Hormel® chili: 18 percent reduction.
  • Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals: 16 percent reduction.
  • Hormel® Canadian bacon: 22 percent reduction.ii

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ii Hormel® Canadian bacon has been added to the list of selected products for sodium reduction initiative since the 2011 CR Report.

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Goal: People Safety

Perform better than the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average for Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR), Days Away from Work Injury Illness (DAFWII) and Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) each year.

2012 Progress:

  • TCIR: Outperformed the BLS industry average by 28 percent with a rate of 4.6.
  • DAFWII: Outperformed the BLS industry average by 50 percent with a rate of 0.6.
  • DART: Outperformed the BLS industry average by 30 percent with a rate of 3.0.i

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iPercentage calculated using 2010 BLS industry average rates.

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, unless otherwise indicated. Water use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy use data are from Hormel Foods manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and China. Employee data is from all U.S. manufacturing locations and corporate and research and development offices, but not international operations.

For our environmental data, we report the information by normalization on tons of production from each location in which we are gathering this information. Normalization helps account for variations in size and production at different facilities, and it provides an accurate picture of our efficiency improvements.

Our numerous suppliers, which are independent businesses, provide us with packaging materials, ingredients, transportation and animals for our operations. We do not publicly report on their performance because of the sheer breadth and variety of suppliers and because they operate as independent businesses. Both our suppliers and our joint ventures are required to follow government standards and are closely monitored by government regulatory agencies. Where applicable, we discuss these government standards in this report. For suppliers, we have established the Hormel Foods Supplier Responsibility Principles, a set of guidelines and expectations for our suppliers. For the independent family farmers who supply a majority of our hogs, we require producers and their employees who work with animals to participate in industry training and education programs.