Company Focuses on Four Pillars: Hunger, Nourishment, Environment and
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 5, 2013--
The Hillshire Brands Company (NYSE: HSH) announced its annual corporate
social responsibility (CSR) report is available online at www.hillshirebrands.com.
“Corporate Social Responsibility is a priority for Hillshire Brands,”
said Sean Connolly, president and chief executive officer, The Hillshire
Brands Company. “Our CSR report showcases some of our employees’ best
work, including our focus on hunger relief. I want to thank our amazing
team for all their efforts in this area.”
The report highlights the company’s accomplishments toward its ongoing
CSR initiatives in four areas in total: Hunger, Nourishment,
Environment, and Responsibility.
The company’s philanthropic partnership with Feeding America continued
to grow. Through it, the company provided financial and product support
to various local food banks serving regions near its facilities. In
fiscal year 2013, Hillshire Brands donated more than 2.8 million pounds
of food to food banks.
Food safety and quality, animal welfare, nutrition and wellness all
comprise the Nourishment pillar of the company’s strategy. Hillshire
Brands’ meat and frozen bakery manufacturing facilities use Safe Quality
Foods (SQF) certification, which subject them to a series of food safety
and quality audits conducted by qualified third-party auditors. The
company also offers numerous better-for-you products to provide
consumers with additional meal options with fewer calories and fat; no
artificial colors, flavors or by-products; and more whole grains.
Hillshire Brands’ facilities continue to look for ways to reduce water
and energy use and eliminate waste from operations. In addition the new
corporate headquarters building in Chicago will soon be LEED-certified,
achieving a high standard for sustainability.
Activities focused on employees, communities and partners round out
Hillshire Brands’ Social Responsibility pillar. Employee-related
programs range from worker safety, where the company’s Total Recordable
Injury Rate is 60 percent below the industry standard, to offering
employees a comprehensive benefits package and job training programs.
The company’s community investment efforts directly engage employees
with their local communities and include activates such as donating
blood, participating in charity walks and volunteering with Meals on
About Hillshire Brands Company
The Hillshire Brands Company (NYSE: HSH) is a leader in focused food
solutions for the retail and foodservice markets. The company generated
approximately $4 billion in annual sales in fiscal 2013. The company’s
more than 9,000 employees work together every day toward a common
purpose – fulfilling the hunger for a life well fed. Hillshire Brands’
portfolio includes iconic brands such as Jimmy Dean, Ball Park,
Hillshire Farm, State Fair, Sara Lee frozen bakery
and Chef Pierre pies, as well as artisanal brands Aidells, Gallo
Salame and Golden Island premium jerky. For more information
on the company, please visit www.hillshirebrands.com.
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