Associates are eligible for
company health benefits
Full-time associates are eligible for company 401(k) match and bonus plans
Associates who work full-time
Co-pay for doctor visits
at on-site wellness centers
Turnover rate versus
OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rate 9% Decrease
Forbes named Perdue Farms one of “America’s Best-in-State Employers 2020” in Delaware and Virginia. The list is determined by an independent survey of more than 80,000 employees working for companies employing at least 500 people within the United States.
This recognition represents our decades-long commitment to ensuring we provide a safe and inclusive work culture that allows our associates to be successful. As evidenced by our ongoing efforts to support and protect our associates throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to putting them first as they continue to serve as frontline heroes in America’s food supply chain.
Diverse and engaged associates are at the heart of fulfilling our Vision to be the most trusted name in food and agricultural products. We’re honored that Forbes recognized Perdue among America’s best employers.
Workplace safety is an imperative at Perdue Farms that includes an uncompromising company commitment and an ongoing safety culture that engages all of our associates.
As we continue to navigate through the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus remains on ensuring we are providing safe places for our associates to work and returning our associates home safely at the end of each workday.
In 2020, 18 Perdue Foods facilities earned Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognition for consistently implementing innovative and effective workplace safety health processes and systems. Six locations – three food producing plants and three feed mills – earned the “Award of Distinction,” the Council’s highest honor.
These awards reflect company goals that put people first and our associates’ dedication to workplace safety. We’re proud of our teams’ accomplishments and focus on continuous improvement.
The Award of Distinction criteria required these facilities to maintain their key Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety metrics — Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR), Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART), and Lost Work Day Incident Rate (LWDIR) — at levels at least 50% better than the industry average for three consecutive years. Each facility’s written explanation of its safety programs and processes was also considered in the award selection process.
Twelve other Perdue facilities were recognized with the “Award of Honor,” the Council’s second-highest award. All of these locations maintained their OSHA safety metrics at least 25% better than the industry for at least three straight years.
Perdue’s professional truckers are some of the safest on the road and among our company’s most visible ambassadors. This past year, four Perdue drivers achieved safe driving milestones without a Department of Transportation recordable accident. We salute their commitment to safety!
As part of our people-first philosophy, we are committed to creating opportunities for our associates to grow, professionally and personally. Through our learning and development programs, we offer associates numerous educational programs to help them succeed. In 2020:
We are committed to involving our associates in creating a safe, secure, inclusive, productive and healthy work environment with competitive wages and benefits, and to complying with all applicable laws and regulations. This includes:
We offer competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including options for medical, dental and vision coverage, a 401(k) savings plan with dollar-for-dollar match up to 5% of pay, and profit-sharing bonuses. Annual compensation surveys confirm we remain competitive in each employment market.
We continue to comply with all applicable wage and hour laws and regulations, including those related to minimum wage, overtime compensation, piece rates and any/all legally mandated benefits.
In most of our production facilities, we provide two 30-minute breaks per day, and in others, we provide one 30-minute lunch break and two other shorter breaks.
We maintain adequate staff to accommodate associate requests for bathroom breaks within a reasonable time, and we pride ourselves on the cleanliness and appearance of our restroom facilities.
We publish all associate policies and procedures for our associates to view via kiosks in our plants or from their HR departments.
We also require that our associates and anyone working on our behalf - including business partners, vendors, service providers, independent contractors and each of their subcontractors - comply with all the laws and regulations in the countries in which they and Perdue operate, as well as with our company’s procedures and policies.
In particular, Perdue Farms requires that everyone in our supply chains adhere to an absolute prohibition on the use of human trafficking, slavery or involuntary labor of any kind, including child labor and indentured labor.
Our safety programs create a culture of safety at our operations and position our workplaces as among the safest in the manufacturing sector, with key OSHA metrics better than the manufacturing sector as a whole, and among the best among poultry companies.
Most of Perdue’s on-site Wellness Centers include fully equipped “doctor’s offices” staffed by healthcare providers from the community, providing associates and their dependents convenient access to primary care. As of January 1, 2018, we eliminated the co-pay for associates participating in our health plan to use the Wellness Center, including doctor and other health care provider appointments. Associates can make appointments during work hours and “stay on the clock” during their appointments.
Our voluntary Health Improvement Program (HIP) helps associates adopt healthy lifestyles and target major preventable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, resulting in measurable improvements in associate health and wellness.
Perdue is committed to treating all associates with dignity and respect and has a strong policy against any form of discrimination, harassment or abuse. This includes discrimination or harassment based on race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. Any individual found guilty of this type of conduct would be dealt with severely, up to and including termination of employment.
We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and the manner in which our facilities attract and bring together people from different racial, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.
In 2014, we committed to move beyond diversity by taking a more active role in creating an inclusionary workplace. Perdue Farms is signatory to CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion. We now have our Inclusion Council, composed of diverse associates representing different areas of the company, providing direct input to the senior management team. We also have a number of Associate Resource Groups designed to help us build a diverse, inclusive and engaged workforce and workplace. We designated a Vice President of Talent Management and Chief Diversity Officer to help guide our path forward.
As part of our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, we reaffirm our commitment to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer all personnel actions without regard to color, religion, age, sex, gender identity, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability or any other characteristic protected by law.
Further, as a government contractor/subcontractor, we annually write Affirmative Action Plans for each unit within the company and as part of that exercise, we thoroughly analyze all company practices to ensure discrimination does not exist. Perdue encourages diversity through targeted recruiting strategies.
We prefer to take a team approach to management, and the Perdue Continuous Improvement Process encourages associate involvement and engagement by seeking their input, experience and insights to help us improve our processes, increase efficiencies and reduce waste. Committees such as Safety Teams, Diversity and Inclusion Teams, Green Teams, and teams focused on food safety and quality include both hourly and salaried associates working together.
We hold associate roundtables on a regular basis, in which associates can bring up any topic they wish to discuss. A rotating schedule ensures we include almost all of our hourly associates during the year.
We provide all associates with several mechanisms to air their grievances or concerns.
We strive for an environment in which a union would have nothing to offer our associates. We believe that when and if problems arise, they are best worked out with honest and frank discussions in an atmosphere of mutual trust, respect and cooperation directly between management and associates.
We have a number of Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) designed to help us build a diverse, inclusive and engaged workforce and workplace. Our associates are the backbone of our company and our success, so it’s important that we attract, develop and retain a workforce that reflects the diversity of our stakeholders and our communities.
Perdue conducts 100% associate surveys every two years, with “pulse” surveys of 25% of the workforce on the in-between years. These surveys are conducted by an outside third party specializing in employee surveys.
In a “pulse” survey conducted in 2019: