Associates

We Believe in Being a Responsible Employer, Investing in Our Associates’ Growth, Safety and Well-Being

100%

Associates are eligible for
company health benefits

100%

Full-time associates are eligible for company 401(k) match and bonus plans

99.48%

Associates who work full-time

$0

Co-pay for doctor visits
at on-site wellness centers

72.4%

Turnover rate versus
51.60% goal

1.73

OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rate 9% Decrease

Perdue Stewardship Updates

Perdue Named To List Of “America’s Best-In-State Employers 2020”

Perdue Named To List Of “America’s Best-In-State Employers 2020”

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. 

Perdue Facilities Recognized For Workplace Safety

Perdue Facilities Recognized For Workplace Safety

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. 

Four Drivers Achieve Safe Driving Milestones

Four Drivers Achieve Safe Driving Milestones

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!

nvesting In Our Associates’ Growth And Education

Investing In Our Associates’ Growth And Education

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:

  • Our Tuition Reimbursement Program invested $156,000 in higher education for 45 associates, eight of whom graduated with master’s degrees and one with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Perdue Learning University conducted six leadership conferences engaging some 200 associates and delivered 30 training topics in-person or virtually to thousands of associates, including guest speakers on COVID-19 medical questions and mental health.
  • Employee Assistant Program resources, and remote work topics to support our associates during the pandemic. Associates have access to more than 3,000 free self-guided training modules to help them excel.
  • Eleven associates earned a high school diploma in 2020 through our ongoing partnership with the Penn Foster Online High School Diploma Program. Nearly 80 associates were pursuing diplomas in 2020.

Wages, Working Conditions, Compliance

Wages, Working Conditions, Compliance, & Our Responsibility to Our Associates & Communities

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:

  • Continuously working to improve associate safety, health and wellness
  • Treating all associates with dignity and respect, promoting diversity and inclusion, and ensuring equal opportunity
  • Protecting associate rights, encouraging engagement and providing mechanisms for work grievances without retribution
  • Measuring and fostering associate satisfaction
  • Setting annual “People” goals to move forward toward improving associate safety, retention, health and engagement

Providing Competitive Wages And Benefits

Providing Competitive Wages And Benefits And Complying With All Applicable Laws

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.

  • The combination of pay rate and company-paid benefits puts the total compensation for our production associates above $21 per hour at all locations.
  • Our average hourly production rate is 191% of the Federal minimum wage, which is also above the 2020 Federal Poverty Guidelines for a family of four.
  • Our health care coverage design is in accordance with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Perdue pays 70% of the cost of insurance and the associate pays 30%.
  • “Sick time” or short-term disability coverage is available all to associates at a cost of $3.05 per week.
  • Perdue associates accrue Paid Time Off (PTO) hours after 90 days of employment that can be used for vacation, sick leave or any personal need for time off. Time is not lost and associates can accrue a bank of up to 125% of their PTO allotments.
  • We provide all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all associates, free of charge.

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.

  • We ensure all associates work within the limits of regular and overtime hours. Where overtime is required, those associates are normally granted at least one day off in every seven-day period.
  • We pay “punch-to-punch” to ensure our associates are paid for all donning and doffing time. We conduct monthly First and Last Principal Activity audits in all plants to ensure we remain in full compliance. 
  • We provide associates a full accounting of all time worked, with direct deposit to a debit card or bank account. We have kiosks at all our plants where associates can view or print pay stubs, or they can view them online.

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.

Continuously Improving Associate Safety, Health & Wellness

Continuously Improving Associate Safety, Health & Wellness

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.

  • We employ a full Corporate Safety and Security Staff, have safety and security managers in each facility and safety teams – consisting of both hourly and management associates – that constantly monitor safety procedures. We continuously review and make improvements to our safety policies and procedures to ensure ongoing improvement.
  • We provide new associate and ongoing safety training, including training for new procedures and equipment to ensure ongoing safety.
  • Our sites have and continue to maintain safe line speeds.
  • We continue to evaluate new technology to reduce risk exposures on our production lines. This includes adjustable workstations where our safety teams, including hourly associates, provide input on ergonomics. As evidence of our program’s success, Perdue was recognized in 2016 by OSHA as a leader in ergonomic improvements.
  • Job rotation is required and monitored.
  • Proper recording and reporting of all safety incidents, including “near misses,” is addressed during orientation and team meetings throughout the year.

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.

Treating All Associates with Dignity & Respect

Treating All Associates with Dignity & Respect, Promoting Diversity & Inclusion, & Ensuring Equal Opportunity

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.

Employee Rights, Voice & Engagement

Employee Rights, Voice & Engagement

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.

  • Our Open-Door Policy allows any associate to speak to any member of management at any time.
  • Our “Speak Up, We’re Listening” confidential hotline allows associates to call a third-party, toll-free hotline to anonymously report suspected illegal or unethical activity.
  • Our Peer Review Program allows associates who have been disciplined or terminated to appeal their cases in front of a panel of their peers, selected by them, from a group of trained panelists. If the panel’s decision is to remove the discipline or reinstate the associate, that decision is final.

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.

Engaging Our 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.

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Measuring And Increasing Associate Satisfaction

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:

  • 90% clearly understood how their job contributes to achieving company goals
  • 88% have a clear idea of the results expected of them in their job
  • 82% agree Perdue Farms has created an environment where people of diverse backgrounds can succeed

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Corporate Stewardship Report

Company Stewardship Report

Learn about the steps we're taking to reach our goal of becoming the most trusted name in food and agricultural products.

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