Our Commitment to Sustainability

Reduce our environmental impact as we feed the world.


We depend on land, water and energy to grow the ingredients, raise the animals and run our facilities to produce our food products.

Accordingly, environmental stewardship is a core value of Tyson Foods’ business philosophy and commitment to sustainability. We believe protecting the environment and conserving natural resources is essential for maintaining clean air, water and land.



Our Senior Vice President of Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer, who reports to our Chief Sustainability Officers, provides corporate leadership, direction and technical standards for our more than 450 environmental professionals and processes. This positions also assesses, prioritizes and manages all aspects of our environmental efforts across all segments of the company; monitors the status of environmental compliance and activities for our operations in the U.S., China and India; and institutes regular meetings with regulatory officials to share information, build relationships and demonstrate our commitment to environmental excellence.

In addition, we maintain an Environmental Management System (EMS) at each of our U.S. facilities. Our EMS, modeled after ISO 14001, is designed to minimize the environmental footprint of our operations in the communities where we work and live; support achievement of our environmental goals; and help us improve environmental compliance.



Water touches everything we do at Tyson Foods —

from the irrigation needed to grow the grain that feeds poultry and livestock to our processing plants where we use water to process animals, cook prepared foods and clean our facilities. Food safety and quality is our top priority and water is essential to producing safe food. We aim to balance responsible water stewardship with protecting the quality and safety of our products.

Approximately 31 billion gallons of water enter our facilities annually. The majority is returned to surface waters of the U.S. through our full-treatment and pre-treatment wastewater treatment centers. We use current technology and reclamation systems to conserve and reuse wastewater. Wastewater treatment not only conserves water, but, in some locations, also allows the nutrients in the wastewater to be used to grow crops and reduces our need to purchase manufactured commercial fertilizer.


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Recognized as a Leader in Water Stewardship

AWS Standards

Our Finney County plant has been certified by the Alliance for Water Stewardship for making the following improvements:

  1. Worked with community members, businesses, and government agencies to save water for future generations.
  2. Reduced water usage in all areas of the plant to produce food products more sustainably.
  3. Met environmental regulations in managing wastewater, reusing it to grow crops.
  4. Reduced the use of water from the Ogallala Aquifer to sustain an important local water source.
  5. Prioritized the availability of clean water at the plant for drinking and washing.

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Energy and Emissions

Sustainably feeding the world means reducing our carbon footprint.

We use energy in our everyday operations for powering processing equipment; cooking, chilling and freezing product; transporting product to distribution centers and customers; and more. The main types of energy we use in our operations include electricity, fossil fuels and biogas. 


Material Resources

Reducing waste is good for our business and the environment.

Waste reduction allows us to streamline costs and send as few materials to landfills as possible. Our environmental management experts are continuously exploring innovations in packaging and waste diversion to reduce operational waste output, increase our recycling metrics and reuse waste to add value to products or create new sources of energy. 

In addition, we have a packaging strategy aligns with the five “Rs” — Remove, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Renew — and is guided by the recommended packaging metrics and definitions set forth by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the Global Packaging Project. Without compromising quality or product protection, our packaging design process prioritizes increasing the use of recyclable and renewable materials, as well as minimizing packaging where possible. 




We conduct regular plant surveys and waste stream evaluations to identify opportunities for improvement. We are currently establishing an enterprise-wide system to better understand our waste footprint and plan to set targets beyond year-over year improvements in the future. These new targets will define zero waste for our company and a structure for quarterly reporting and accountability.

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Our Commitment:
Reduce our environmental impact as we feed the world.


Our Commitment:
Transparently advance animal welfare and experience.


Our Commitment:
Sustainably feed the world with safe, high-quality and nutritious food products.


Our Commitment:
Support the communities we serve where help is needed most.


Our Commitment:
Enable our team members to reach their unique potential.