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Perdue Stewardship Updates

Workplace safety is an imperative at Perdue Farms that includes an uncompromising company commitment and an ongoing safety culture that engages  all our associates. Our focus remains on ensuring we provide safe places for our associates to work allowing them to return home safely at the  end of each workday.

Workplace safety is an imperative at Perdue Farms that includes an uncompromising company commitment and an ongoing safety culture that engages all our associates. Our focus remains on ensuring we provide safe places for our associates to work allowing them to return home safely at the end of each workday.

Perdue has a standard, company-wide safety program that encourages active associate participation and input. Associates take part in safety committees, which meet regularly to discuss safety issues, as well as perform safety inspections before the start of each work shift. Associates have the authority to stop production or prevent start-up if any unsafe conditions exist. In addition, associates attend safety awareness training and are encouraged to look for and report any potential hazard.

Perdue Recognized as Leader in Poultry Industry Workplace Safety

In 2023, the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized 32 Perdue Foods’ facilities across 14 states for leadership in implementing innovative and effective workplace safety health processes and systems.

The Perdue facilities received the Award of Distinction, the Council’s highest award to include food producing facilities in Cromwell, Kentucky, and Schulenburg, Texas, and a feed mill in Nashville, North Carolina. Nineteen Perdue operations earned the Award of Honor, the Council’s second highest award, while nine facilities received the Award of Merit.

Perdue Truckers Log Safe Driving Milestones

Perdue Truckers Log Safe Driving Milestones

Perdue truck drivers are some of the safest on the road and among our company’s most visible and valuable ambassadors. In FY24, 10 Perdue drivers achieved safe driving milestones of one million miles or more without a Department of Transportation recordable incident. We salute their commitment to safety!


  • Robert Timmons, Salisbury, Maryland, Perdue Transportation Inc. (PTI)


  • Ronald Blanding, Dillon, South Carolina (PTI)


  • Ronnie Leatherbury, Accomac, Virginia (PTI)


  • Robbie Gray, Salisbury, Maryland (PTI)
  • Erwin Ricks, Prince George, Virginia (PTI)
  • Mark Paterra, Salisbury, Maryland (Bulkfeed)
  • David Carter, Candor, North Carolina (Bulkfeed)
  • Gary Whitley, Lewiston, North Carolina (Livehaul)
  • Edmund Kelly, Rockingham, North Carolina (PTI)
  • Charles Jacobs, Perry, Georgia (PTI)

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 that comply 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, including Open Door Policy and management reviews
  • Setting annual “People” goals to move forward toward improving associate safety, retention, health and engagement

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 percent of pay, and bonuses. Regular checks of local market wages through publicly available information and the use of compensation surveys ensure we remain competitive in each area in which we operate our business.

  • The combination of pay rate and company-paid benefits puts the total compensation for our production associates above $22 per hour at all locations
  • 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 associates share approximately 30% of their cost of coverage
  • We provide all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all associates, free of charge
  • “Sick time” or short-term disability coverage is available all to associates
  • 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 annually; associates can accrue a bank of up to 125%of their PTO allotments

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 pay “punch-to-punch” to ensure our associates are paid for all donning and doffing time and we conduct monthly audits in all plants to ensure we remain in full compliance.
  • We provide associates with 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.
  • Our production facilities provide regular and scheduled breaks for meals and rest during the workday. We also maintain adequate staffing levels to accommodate associate requests for personal breaks during shifts.
  • We publish 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 applicable laws and regulations in the countries in which they and Perdue operate, as well as with our company’s procedures and policies.
  • Perdue Farms requires that everyone working for Perdue and/or in a Perdue facility adhere to an absolute prohibition on the use of human trafficking, including child labor.

Zero Tolerance for Underage Labor in Our Business

Underage labor has no place in our industry or business, and we have zero tolerance for it. Perdue Farms prohibits the employment of individuals under the age of 18, and we make every effort to ensure all partners we do business with comply with child labor laws.

We have strengthened our efforts to hold suppliers accountable for child labor compliance by implementing age verification audits, tightening facility access procedures, and launching an internal reporting campaign.

We also remain committed to collaborative partnerships with local schools to detect and address underage labor in the communities we are actively present in. We are committed to working with key stakeholders to eliminate child labor from any part of the supply chain.

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.

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 Councils, 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.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Video


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 mechanisms to address any concerns they may have, such as:

  • Our Open-Door Policy allows any associate to speak to any member of management at any time.
  • Our “See Something, Say Something” 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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