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  • Overall approach
    1/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      UN Global Compact,  
      Tyson Foods Inc. state that they joined the UN Global Compact.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      0/1
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    15/86
    • Beef
      6/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Tyson Foods Inc. report the number of heads used for beef. 
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Tyson Foods Inc. rights state that they abide by the minimum standards for social security and human rights as set by the ILO. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers' have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
           
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
           
    • Palm oil
      10/86
      • Commitment Strength
        6/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/15
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Type of commitment: Sustainability commitment
            Certification schemes mentioned: Other (specify)
            If Other, specify here: Certified Sustainable Palm Oil
            "We have committed to transition to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), with a minimum commitment to sourcing Certified Mass Balance Palm Oil."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have committed to transition to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), with a minimum commitment to sourcing Certified Mass Balance Palm Oil."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have committed to transition to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), with a minimum commitment to sourcing Certified Mass Balance Palm Oil."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have committed to transition to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), with a minimum commitment to sourcing Certified Mass Balance Palm Oil."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have committed to transition to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), with a minimum commitment to sourcing Certified Mass Balance Palm Oil."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            "We have committed to transition to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), with a minimum commitment to sourcing Certified Mass Balance Palm Oil."
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Tyson Foods Inc. rights state that they abide by the minimum standards for social security and human rights as set by the ILO. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers' have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      21/86
      • Commitment Strength
        12/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            "We can track our [100% of our] soybean purchases back to the original crushing facilities."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            "We can track our [100% of our] soybean purchases back to the original crushing facilities."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We can track our [100% of our] soybean purchases back to the original crushing facilities."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We can track our [100% of our] soybean purchases back to the original crushing facilities."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We can track our [100% of our] soybean purchases back to the original crushing facilities."
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "We can track our [100% of our] soybean purchases back to the original crushing facilities."
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            "We can track our [100% of our] soybean purchases back to the original crushing facilities."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          2447089 Tonnes
          Tyson Foods Inc. report the volume of soy usage. 
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Tyson Foods Inc. rights state that they abide by the minimum standards for social security and human rights as set by the ILO. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers' have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      25/86
      • Commitment Strength
        16/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/15
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: Other (specify)
            If Other, specify here: SFI
            Type of commitment: Certification; Sustainability commitment
            "Our corrugated boxes are produced from 100-percent renewable material, contain 30-percent postconsumer recyclable packaging, and are Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) program certified."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our corrugated boxes are produced from 100-percent renewable material, contain 30-percent postconsumer recyclable packaging, and are Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) program certified."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            "Our corrugated boxes are produced from 100-percent renewable material, contain 30-percent postconsumer recyclable packaging, and are Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) program certified."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our corrugated boxes are produced from 100-percent renewable material, contain 30-percent postconsumer recyclable packaging, and are Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) program certified."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our corrugated boxes are produced from 100-percent renewable material, contain 30-percent postconsumer recyclable packaging, and are Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) program certified."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "Our corrugated boxes are produced from 100-percent renewable material, contain 30-percent postconsumer recyclable packaging, and are Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) program certified."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our corrugated boxes are produced from 100-percent renewable material, contain 30-percent postconsumer recyclable packaging, and are Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) program certified."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "We focus on increasing the use of recyclable and renewable materials, as well as reducing packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We focus on increasing the use of recyclable and renewable materials, as well as reducing packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We focus on increasing the use of recyclable and renewable materials, as well as reducing packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We focus on increasing the use of recyclable and renewable materials, as well as reducing packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We focus on increasing the use of recyclable and renewable materials, as well as reducing packaging."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our corrugated boxes are produced from 100-percent renewable material, contain 30-percent postconsumer recyclable packaging, and are Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) program certified."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            "8.3 million pounds of fiber [...] reduced from corrugated boxes and paperboard cartons." 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "Our corrugated boxes are produced from 100-percent renewable material, contain 30-percent postconsumer recyclable packaging, and are Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) program certified."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Tyson Foods Inc. rights state that they abide by the minimum standards for social security and human rights as set by the ILO. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers' have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    8/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    3/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    4/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Operating across the United States, China and India, Tyson Foods Inc. has business in poultry, beef, pork and processed food products. The company’s poultry business is particularly noteworthy here, because it involves the provision of feed product to a network of independent poultry farmers that in 2015 exceeded 4,000. Animal feed uses significant quantities of soy, and in 2014 Tyson Food Inc’s operations in this field saw it ranked among the top ten feed producers worldwide. 

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Packaged food
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Tyson, KimmyDean, Hillshire Farm, Hillshire, BallPark, Raised & Rooted, Aidells, Golden Island, state Fair, Nature raised farms, Sara Lee, Wright, Bosco's, Gallo Salame, Bonici, the Bruss Company, Chairman's reserve, IBP, Lady Asten, Mexican Original, Open Prairie, Star Ranch Angus, Supreme Tender Pork, Wunderbar, Advance Pierre, Barber Foods, Big AZ, Fast Fixin, Hot n Ready, Jamwich, Landshire, Russer, SteakEze, Original Philly, Bryan, True Chers, Top Chews, Nudges, Reuben

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