As a food company that relies on natural resources to produce our products, our understanding of and commitment to environmental stewardship has always been a part of who we are. Pilgrim’s senior leadership is committed to making sure that protection of the environment is firmly embedded in our culture. Our management approach is focused on operational efficiency, innovation and compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations. We promote a model of continuous improvement and recognize that environmental protection and resource conservation provide value and security to current and future generations.
Our internally audited Environmental Management System (EMS) is based on the specifications of ISO 14001, yet tailored to enable our businesses to most effectively achieve our goals of protecting the environment. The EMS directs our environmental teams to recognize the environmental aspects and impacts of their specific facility, establish objectives and targets to reduce the potential impacts, assign environmentally-minded roles and responsibilities to our team members, identify team members whose responsibilities may impact the environment and provide them the appropriate training and standard operating procedures, implement an efficient monitoring and measurement program for each environmental task and routinely communicate our successes and opportunities to all involved team members. In addition, Pilgrim’s Moy Park facilities are ISO 14001 accredited according to the EMS and ISO 50001 standards.
To encourage the sharing of best management practices across facilities, our Pilgrim’s business units use an internal reporting method to compare similar facilities. These reports are generated and reviewed weekly or monthly, depending on the business unit, by the environmental management teams and provided to senior management to monitor progress toward goals.