Corporate Responsibility

Cargill Value Added Meats-Retail Corporate Responsibility

At Cargill Value Added Meats-Retail, corporate responsibility is a process of continually improving our standards, our actions and our processes. Our commitments to business conduct, people, communities and the environment guide the integrity of our operating principles and are well ingrained in the cultural fabric of our business unit. Our basic pillars of corporate responsibility include Animal Welfare, Employee Health and Safety, Environmental Stewardship, Food Safety, Sustainability, Employee Relations, Charitable Giving and Community Involvement.

Learn more about:
By The Numbers | Animal Welfare | Employee Health and Safety | Environmental Stewardship |
Food Safety | Sustainability | Employee Relations | Charitable Giving and Community Involvement


The Cargill Value Added Meats-Retail corporate responsibility mission has partnered well with Cargill’s overall philosophy of upholding a commitment to the following key operating principles:

  • Conducting our business with high levels of integrity, accountability and responsibility.
  • Developing ways of reducing our environmental impact and helping conserve natural resources.
  • Treating people with dignity and respect.
  • Investing and engaging in the communities where we live and work.

We stand proudly behind our vision that through teamwork and innovation, we provide distinctive, sustainable value for our customers, employees and Cargill.

By The Numbersback to top

Impressive numbers from Cargill Value Added Meats-Retail in fiscal year 2010:

35,000 volunteer hours in local communities

9 facilities achieving OSHA VPP status

$30 million savings in process improvements

13% improvement in greenhouse gas efficiency

35% improved energy efficiency

$485,000 in contributions to Feeding America®

Animal Welfareback to top

Commitment to industry-leading animal welfare practices.

Cargill Value Added Meats-Retail is committed to maintaining an industry-leading animal welfare program. Our expectations for thorough training and proper animal management are the foundation of each production facility, as well as executed daily in the behavior of all Cargill employees. We take pride in ensuring animals in our care are raised in an environment that satisfies their physical, nutritional and overall health requirements, as well as minimizing distress to the animals in each stage of our process.

Employee Health and Safetyback to top

Unyielding commitment to health and safety.

The clearest demonstration of respect for our employees, contractors, suppliers, partners, customers and neighbors is our unyielding commitment to their health and safety. Cargill Value Added Meats-Retail remains committed to our health and safety initiatives through annual audits and continuous improvement objectives, as demonstrated by:

  • Nine of our facilities achieving OSHA VPP status
  • Implementation of OHSAS 18001 compliant processes
  • Sharing our best practices knowledge to mentor and assist others, including our industry and regulatory partners as well as others outside the industry

Environmental Stewardshipback to top

A sustainable future through environmental innovation today.

The goal of Cargill is to nourish people, and as the world’s population continues to grow, so do the demands on the environment. Throughout Cargill, we are committed to environmental stewardship, using teamwork and innovation to identify ways to reduce our environmental impact, including:

  • Implementation of a certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
  • Measurable reduction in water usage by recycling and reusing chiller water in our Waco, Texas facility
  • Natural gas reductions due to technological investments in hot gas recovery systems

Food Safetyback to top

Safeguard the integrity of the products we produce and sell.

Safe food is fundamental to our business. Customers rely on us for quality and our ability to safeguard the wholesomeness and integrity of the products we produce and sell. Cargill Value Added Meats-Retail is committed to providing safe food products and services and has implemented a thorough, cross-functional, web-based training program through Nourish U, which is utilized across our business platform. In addition to extensive training and quality control measures, annual compliance and management system audits contribute significantly to our comprehensive food safety program.

Cargill Value Added Meats-Retail facilities also:

  • Operate under the Global Food Safety Initiative and have their food safety and quality programs certified by the British Retail Consortium
  • Follow a written set of Sanitation Standard Operating Principles and Good Hygiene Principles
  • Cargill Value Added Meats-Retail poultry facilities also comply with U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations and operate under a fully implemented Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points

Sustainabilityback to top

Continual improvements in sustainability.

Cargill Value Added Meats-Retail is committed to ensuring continual improvement in our sustainability processes using aggressive objectives and targets established within our environmental management system. As a business unit, we have an established Resource Efficiency lead who works to ensure environmental compliance, pollution prevention and continual improvements on criteria relevant to our business and operations. Efforts to minimize and reuse packaging materials have also been successful, and our ambitious “beyond compliance” initiative has resulted in meeting many recent sustainability objectives, including:

  • 35% improvement in energy efficiency from fiscal year 2001 baseline
  • 3.5% improvement in water efficiency from fiscal year 2006 baseline
  • 13% improvement in greenhouse gas efficiency from fiscal year 2006 baseline

Employee Relationsback to top

Treating people with dignity and respect.

Cargill Value Added Meats-Retail strives to give employees the best possible foundation for growth. Hiring, motivating, developing and retaining the right team members is crucial to our ability to deepen relationships with customers and fulfill our promises to the communities we serve. We recognize and reward our associates’ imagination through our business unit’s Valuing Imagination in People programs, which in 2010 tapped into employee-submitted ideas and suggestions to create process improvements that led to $30 million in savings. We have also sponsored diverse members within our business to participate in multiple leadership and personal development programs.

Charitable Giving and Community Involvementback to top


Cargill Value Added Meats-Retail, through its Honeysuckle White® and Shady Brook Farms® brands, partnered with Feeding America® to help feed a million Americans during the 2009 and 2010 holiday seasons through the cause-related marketing campaign THE ONE TURKEY THAT CAN FEED A MILLION PEOPLE™. Purchases of Honeysuckle White® and Shady Brook Farms® brand products supported Cargill’s contribution of $485,000 to Feeding America® over the past two years.

Cargill Value Added Meats-Retail invests in local communities, with each Cargill location host to a formal Cargill Cares committee to contribute to the needs of their community. Overall, we volunteered over 35,000 hours last year in local communities.