Living Our Principles

Living Our Principles

Every day at Hormel Foods, our people not only make our business possible, they also put into practice their commitment to our principles. We are proud to share the stories of how they are doing things Our Way to ensure a mutually beneficial and engaging environment for all.

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to commemorate the achievements of African Americans and recognize their central role in our nation’s history. During February 2011, the Hormel African-American Resource Group (HAARG) sponsored a lunch at several company locations in honor of Black History Month.

The Hormel Foods Diversity and Inclusion Council piloted the concept of employee resource groups (ERGs) in 2009 with the formation of three groups, including the HAARG. The HAARG aims to foster the professional growth of African Americans at Hormel Foods, and initiate creative and innovative product ideas that cater to the African American consumer. According to Stanley Osuagwa, HAARG president, the group’s key focus areas in 2011 include retention, recruitment, relocation, innovation and community service.

Additional HAARG Activity

In addition to celebrating Black History Month, the Hormel African American Resource Group held their second annual leadership conference in September 2011. The objectives for this year’s conference included networking with members and Hormel Foods diversity champions, reviewing 2011 HAARG accomplishments and establishing 2012 goals.

The 2012 vision for HAARG is to increase diversity engagement and awareness within Hormel Foods and to make HAARG a recognized diversity network in the workplace, marketplace and community by engaging other professional institutions and professional diversity champions.

Rochelle Foods Health Fair

The Rochelle (IL) Foods wellness committee held a health fair for employees in May 2011. At the event, 20 vendors provided information about physical, financial and family health. The event was aimed at helping Hormel Foods employees improve their quality of life through information and the integration of good health practices into their daily lives.

United Way Day of Caring

This year, Beloit (WI) Plant employees participated in the Stateline United Way Day of Caring, volunteering their time to work at nonprofit agencies supported by the United Way. Teams from the plant worked at the Women’s Shelter and the S.M.I.L.E. farm, where special needs kids can interact with horses through various activities. More than 280 people from the community participated in this event, which also ties in with the Stateline United Way fall fundraising campaign.