Leading food company ConAgra is out with its 2013 Citizenship Report detailing progress on a three-pronged citizenship platform of, “good for you, good for the community and good for the planet.”
The report is intended to show how the company is doing good through food while delivering growth for shareholders and is available here.
“Citizenship is integral to how we operate as a company, and it’s a key component of our five-year Recipe for Growth strategy,” said Chris Kircher, vp of corporate affairs and president of the ConAgra Foods Foundation. “Our 2013 Citizenship Report shows where we’ve made progress as well as areas where we can improve, as we continue our journey toward becoming a leading corporate citizen.”
Some of the areas where the company says it has demonstrated progress in key citizenship measures include:
- Resource conservation. ConAgra said it reduced water use per pound by 6% compared to fiscal year 2012 and repurposed 93% of leftover materials generated from facilities that otherwise would have gone to waste. Additionally, through its sustainable development initiatives, ConAgra said it significantly reduced its environmental impact while cutting costs by $26.6 million;
- Improved safety performance. By leveraging a robust safety program that encourages leadership, accountability and teamwork, ConAgra decreased Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Incident Rate (OIR) by 15%. In one facility, the company said it instilled a safety culture so impactful that employee injuries decreased by more than 90%.
- Health and nutrition advocacy. ConAgra said it promoted thought-leadership and education, issuing more than 7,000 units of continuing education credits to registered dietitians and diabetes educators through the ConAgra Foods Science Institute;
- Hunger relief. The company continued efforts to end child hunger in America through multiple avenues. For instance, ConAgra donated the monetary equivalent of more than three million meals to Feeding America through the Child Hunger Ends Here program. Additionally, employees logged more than 7,000 hours of volunteer service during the third annual ConAgra Foods Week of Service, doubling the number of hours volunteered during the prior year’s event.
ConAgra manufactures and markets familiar brands such as Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt's, Marie Callender's, Orville Redenbacher's, PAM, Peter Pan, Reddi-wip, Slim Jim, Snack Pack.