Each of our major operations has an environmental scorecard to measure compliance, sustainability efforts and associate involvement. The scorecard drives continuous improvement, with facility and company goals for water reduction, recycling, energy conservation and CO2 emissions.
The United Nations predicts that the world’s population will increase by 2 billion people in the next 30 years, which will greatly impact the UN Sustainability Development goals (SDGs) for improving economic prosperity and social well-being while protecting the environment. Additionally, consumer demand for healthy protein is expected to remain strong. To help meet these two significant challenges, Perdue Farms has joined the Penn State University Smeal Center for the Business of Sustainability as a Founding Member.
This partnership brings together two agriculture powerhouses. Perdue Farms brings 100 years of business acumen in the poultry, premium meat and agriculture oil and grain industries, while Penn State is a university with agriculture steeped into its DNA. Working with the university furthers our commitment to environmental stewardship and will allow us to have access to their world-class research that can help to inform some of our environmental innovations to create a more sustainable future.
Perdue requires nutrient management plans for our farmers, which minimizes the runoff of phosphorous and nitrogen into waterways. Our requirements go beyond the state of Maryland’s regulations, and we work directly with our farmers to develop plans and to verify compliance.
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Perdue and other local poultry companies have made $1.1 million available to encourage farmers to plant soil-boosting cover crops on their farms in the off season, which is proven to reduce the need for fertilizer and keeps nutrients out of waterways.
Our operations recycle metal, paper, plastic and packaging material.
Our corporate office in Salisbury, Md., is certified LEED Platinum, the Green Building Council's highest certification.