Goals

People

Focus Goals and Timing 2011 Progress Future Plans
Diversity and Inclusion Promote a more diverse and inclusive workplace (ongoing).
  • Hired a corporate manager of diversity and inclusion in June 2011.
  • Continued Managing Inclusion training program for people managers.
  • Provided individual contributor Appreciating Differences training to all employees.

 

Three-year strategic plan to encourage the formation of additional employee resource groups to meet the growing needs of our diverse workforce and support inclusion.
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.
  • TCIR:

    Outperformed the BLS industry average by 30 percent with a rate of 4.8.

  • DAFWII:

    Outperformed the BLS industry average by 41 percent with a rate of 0.7.

  • DART:

    Outperformed the BLS industry average by 29 percent with a rate of 3.3.i

We will continue to aspire to perform better than the BLS industry average on these indicators and excel in worker safety in our operations.

Process

Focus Goals and Timing 2011 Progress Future Plans
Energy Conservation Reduce energy use at our U.S. manufacturing facilities by 10 percent by end of year 2011 using fiscal year 2006 as a benchmark. Indirect energy consumption increased 1 percent in fiscal year 2011 compared to 2006 levels.ii Direct energy consumption decreased by 1 percent compared to 2006 levels.ii During the last year, we implemented several significant capital projects designed to reduce energy use and expect to see results in the following year. We will continue to emphasize energy conservation throughout the organization.

The year 2011 marked the end of our first set of environmental goals. Hormel Foods is establishing a new energy conservation goal that will take effect with calendar year 2012.

Water Use Reduction Reduce water consumption at our U.S. manufacturing facilities by 10 percent by end of fiscal year 2011 using fiscal year 2006 as a benchmark. Reduced water consumption by 15 percent in fiscal year 2011 compared to 2006 levels.ii We met our water use reduction goal one year early by reducing water use 11 percent in 2010 compared to 2006 levels and now again in 2011 with a 15 percent reduction.ii We will continue to implement water reduction projects through capital improvements and awareness initiatives for employees.

The year 2011 marked the end of our first set of environmental goals. Hormel Foods is establishing new goals for water use reduction that will take effect with calendar year 2012.

Solid Waste Recycling Increase recycling to 50 percent of total waste by November 2011 using fiscal year 2006 as a benchmark. The recycling rate was 46 percent at the close of fiscal year 2011 compared to 41 percent at the close of fiscal year 2010.ii In fiscal year 2012, we will continue to raise awareness of recycling and will report on our results.
Solid Waste Minimization Reduce solid waste to landfills by 10 percent by end of fiscal year 2011 using 2006 as a benchmark. Reduced solid waste to landfills by 29 percent in 2011 compared to 2006 levels.ii We will continue to work with our locations to find new ways to reduce the solid waste to landfills through recycling, reuse or reduction of materials used.

The year 2011 marked the end of our first set of environmental goals. We are establishing new goals for solid waste minimization that will take effect with calendar year 2012.

Air Emissions Reduce greenhouse gases at our U.S. manufacturing facilitiesii 10 percent by end of fiscal year 2014 using fiscal year 2009 as a benchmark. Decreased greenhouse gas emissions 5 percent compared to fiscal year 2009.ii We will continue to identify and implement practices to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and report the progress toward the reduction goal.

In order to align this goal with other environmental goals, we are refining the timing on this goal to be met by 2020, using 2011 as a benchmark.

Package Minimization Initiative Reduce product packaging by 4 million poundsiii annually from 2006 to 2011. Reduced packaging by 4.2 million pounds; completed 33 packaging reduction projects. Our packaging team continues to identify sustainability projects, which included initiating more than 50 projects.

We will continue to work with packaging suppliers on sustainability improvements.

Moving forward, we will work toward a product packaging reduction of 25 million pounds from 2011 to 2020.

Products

Focus Goals and Timing 2011 Progress Future Plans
$2 billion in sales of new products Earn $2 billion in total sales from products created since 2000 by the year 2012. New products attributed to 21 percent of revenue. We will continue to develop new products that meet changing consumer tastes and preferences.
Sodium Reduction Reduce sodium levels in select products within branded retail product portfolio by an average of 15 percent by 2020.
  • Hormel® Cure 81® retail hams
    • 14 percent reduction
  • Hormel® chili
    • 18 percent reduction
  • Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals
    • 16 percent reduction
We will continue to work toward our sodium reduction goal.

Philanthropy

Focus Goals and Timing 2011 Progress Future Plans
Charitable contributions Contribute $4.2 million to local communities and hunger initiatives. Contributed more than $5.5 million to local communities and hunger initiatives, including donating to 16 hunger relief organizations in our plant communities. We will continue to support local communities and hunger initiatives.

i Percentage calculated using 2010 BLS industry average rates.

ii When normalized for production.

iii Goal increased from previous report, from 3 million to 4 million pounds.