Tyson earns environmental awards

04-05-2009 | |

The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) recognised 32 Tyson Foods operations with environmental awards at its annual Conference on Worker Safety, Health, Human Resources and the Environment.

AMI president and CEO J. Patrick Boyle said that these awards programmes provide the guidance and acknowledgement intended to enhance our environmental stewardship.

The basis for the awards is the development and implementation of Environmental Management Systems (EMSs). They provide a framework by which AMI member companies, such as Tyson Foods, can work to minimise their environmental footprint, improve efficiency and effectiveness, reduce accidents and injuries, lower costs and further demonstrate corporate responsibility to the public.

AMIF’s voluntary, 4-tiered EMS programme recognises company and/or individual plant progress through the 4 tiers – from the first steps in Tier 1 of organising for development of an EMS all the way through to implementation of a fully-functional EMS at Tier 3. One further step is available for those who choose to pursue it – achievement of ISO 14001 certification. Each tier level has increasingly complex requirements, and plants or companies work to progress through the tiers to the level that works best for their environmental goals. 

A total of 24 Tyson chicken, beef and pork operations were honoured with Tier 3 awards, while 8 other Tyson facilities earned Tier 2 awards.

Tier 3 award winners

Tyson Foods, Inc – Center, Texas; Cumming, Georgia; Glen Allen, Virginia; Harrisonburg, Virginia;
Monett, Missouri; New Holland, Pennsylvania; Noel, Missouri; Shelbyville, Tennessee; Berry Street – Springdale, Arkansas; Randall Road Cornish – Springdale, Arkansas; Temperanceville, Virginia; Wilkesboro, North Carolina; Dakota City, Nebraska; Denison, Iowa; Emporia, Kansas.
Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc – Holcomb, Kansas; Lexington, Nebraska; Madison, Nebraska; Montgomery City, Missouri; Olathe, Kansas; Pasco, Washington; Perry, Iowa; Sioux City, Iowa; Storm Lake, Iowa.

Tier 2 award winners

Tyson Foods, Inc – Buffalo, New York; Dawson, Georgia; Grannis, Arkansas; Waldron, Arkansas.
Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc – Columbus Junction, Iowa; Joslin, Illinois; Logansport, Indiana; Waterloo, Iowa.

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist
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