Smithfield Foods

Sustainability Report and Carbon Intensity Rankings

Is Smithfield Foods doing their part?

Their DitchCarbon score is 41

Smithfield Foods has a DitchCarbon Score of 41 out of 100, indicating moderate performance in sustainability measures. This score reflects the company’s current carbon intensity, suggesting there is significant room for improvement in reducing emissions. A higher score would denote stronger efforts to lower carbon intensity and enhance overall sustainability.

This was calculated based on 30+ company specific emissions data points, the higher the score, the better. Check out our methodology.

Industry emissions intensity

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Very high

Smithfield Foods operates within the food industry, which has a carbon intensity ranking of medium. Some industries are more damaging than others, this ranking gives you an indication of how carbon intensive the industry is which this company operates in.

Location emissions intensity

Very low

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Very high

Smithfield Foods operates in the United States, which has a low carbon intensity rating. This favorable environmental context supports the company’s sustainability efforts by reducing the carbon footprint associated with its operations.
5.79%

...this company is doing 5.79% better in emissions than the industry average.

Smithfield Foods, founded in 1936 and headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia, operates within the food industry, specializing in packaged meats. As a global company, it boasts a workforce of 52,000 employees across North America and Europe, dedicated to delivering a variety of meat products under well-known brands such as Smithfield, Eckrich, and Nathan’s Famous. Smithfield Foods emphasizes responsible practices in animal care, community engagement, and environmental stewardship while ensuring the safety and quality of its food products.

Good news, Smithfield Foods has embraced SBTi commitments

Smithfield Foods has pledged to set science-based targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with climate science. This commitment means the company will align its operations and strategies with the goal of limiting global warming and reducing its environmental impact.

There’s always room for improvement,

DitchCarbon recommends...

Smithfield Foods should undertake a thorough inventory of all Scope 1 emissions sources to identify and mitigate direct greenhouse gas outputs, potentially reducing their emissions by 15%.
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