As one of the largest food companies in the world, we have an important responsibility to help build a more sustainable food system. And we’re doing just that. Together, we’re delivering profitable business growth, while doing what’s right for our customers, consumers, suppliers, team members, communities, the planet and our shareholders.

Today, we announced the release of our 2018 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT, “SUSTAINING OUR WORLD, TOGETHER,” which demonstrates progress across key sustainability commitments Tyson Foods has made, including:

  • Workplace Safety: More than doubled its 10 percent year-over-year commitment to reduce OSHA recordable workplace injuries and illnesses (a 22 percent decline)
  • Team Member Education: Expanded Upward Academy, a language and life skills education program, to 33 plant locations.
  • Environment: Became the first U.S.-based protein company to receive approval from the Science Based Target Initiative for its greenhouse gas reduction target of 30% by 2030.
  • Animal Welfare: Expanded implementation of the largest third-party remote video auditing system in the industry.
  • Hunger Relief: Donated more than 46 million servings of protein to hunger relief efforts across the U.S. and continued to move ahead of schedule in meeting its commitment to provide $50 million in five years to fight hunger.

We are proud of the progress we’ve made, and hope you’ll read the report to learn more about our sustainability journey.

Thank you for all you have done to raise the bar and the world’s expectations for the good food can do.

Published May 13, 2019.
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President & Chief Executive Officer at

Noel White has run the largest U.S. food company since late September 2018, building on Tyson Foods’ existing strategy to even better serve customers and people’s changing tastes. In his role, he leads 141,000 team members and familiar brands including Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, ibp and State Fair.

Noel is committed to growing Tyson Foods by focusing on value-added foods and international expansion. At the same time, he aims to stabilize the company’s commodity businesses by listening to customers and adapting to their needs. He believes doing good is good business. He is passionate about both sustainability and investing in our people – for instance, by expanding our workforce education program, Upward Academy.

Bringing more than 35 years of experience with Tyson Foods and its predecessor companies (including IBP, inc.), Noel most recently served as group president of Tyson’s Fresh Meats business unit. He previously worked in numerous sales, management, and company officer positions including chief operations officer, president of poultry, senior group vice president of fresh meats, senior vice president for fresh meat sales and marketing, and senior vice president, pork product management.

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Noel is a graduate of Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. He received a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in economics from Oklahoma City University.

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Executive Vice President, Alternative Proteins at

Justin Whitmore leads all aspects of Tyson Foods’ alternative protein business, channeling the company’s capabilities and scale to provide consumers with exciting new protein options.

Justin is a member of Tyson Foods’ enterprise leadership team and reports to President and CEO Noel White.

Justin previously served as Chief Strategy & Ventures Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer for Tyson Foods and has been instrumental in shaping the company’s global growth, value creation, venture capital, and sustainability strategy. Under his leadership, Tyson became the first protein company to set science-based greenhouse gas reduction targets while expanding its global reach and accelerating its venture investments. He has also been responsible for company-wide Continuous Improvement, Food Safety Quality Assurance and Team Member Health & Safety.

Prior to joining the company, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company advising leading packaged goods companies on strategy, performance transformation, and sustainable operations. He also worked as a consultant at Booz & Company (now Strategy&) and in production management, process engineering and procurement roles at Johnson Controls, Inc.

Justin earned his bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.  He was named one of CNN’s Top 20 business leaders pushing global business forward, currently serves on the Corporate Advisory Board at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.