SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Tyson Foods Inc. today announced that its first corporate responsibility report is now available to the public.



The 2005 "Sustainability Report" is an effort to document Tyson's commitment to its core values, which guide the way the company does business. The 44-page publication, entitled "Living Our Core Values," is currently available on-line. The public can also request a copy by sending an e-mail to sustainability@tyson.com.



"We recognize the importance of being a responsible corporate citizen," said John Tyson, chairman and CEO of Tyson Foods. "This report charts our efforts as we seek to do what's right for all our stakeholders. It describes precisely how we provide safe food to the marketplace, serve as stewards for the animals, land and environment and act as partners in our communities. It also explains how we treat people, including our Team Members, consumers, suppliers and the communities where we live and operate."

This is the first time such a comprehensive overview of the company's corporate responsibility efforts has been compiled in one report. Portions of such information have been previously included in other company communications.



The first section of the Sustainability Report, called "Who We Are," discusses ethics and the people at Tyson Foods. It covers such areas as Tyson's Code of Conduct, ethics training, Team Member Bill of Rights, diversity and inclusion, wages and benefits and leadership training. It also highlights the company's growing chaplaincy program.



The second section, "What We Do," addresses food safety, animal well- being, environment and safety and health. It includes information on such things as Tyson's food safety and research laboratories, foodWISE(R) food safety education program, mission statement on animal well-being, environmental management systems and the company's workplace safety policies.

The final section, "How We Do It," provides information on shareholders, suppliers and communities. Areas highlighted include the company's business strategy, compliance with financial reporting laws and relationship with independent farm families. It also describes Tyson's donations of food and money.



For example, Tyson donated 6.3 million pounds of product, worth $8.6 million, to food banks and hunger relief programs nationally in 2005. In addition, the company gave more than $3 million in monetary corporate contributions to charities and non-profit organizations, primarily in Tyson plant communities.



Tyson Foods Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Ark., is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork. The company has approximately 114,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world.



SOURCE: Tyson Foods Inc. via PR Newswire.