Smithfield appoints first sustainability officer

24-02-2010 | |

Pork producer and processor Smithfield Foods announced that it has promoted Dennis H. Treacy to senior vice president of corporate affairs and chief sustainability officer as part of the company’s long-term focus on corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

“Our business has become much more complex as we confront increasing government regulation and rising public and customer awareness of corporate social responsibility practices and sustainability,” said C. Larry Pope, the company’s president and CEO.

Long-term success
“We understand that our long-term success directly correlates with our ability to effectively address these factors and that these programmes must be managed from a senior level within our organisation. The appointment of Mr Treacy to this new role demonstrates our continuing commitment to operate our company in a socially responsible and sustainable way,” Pope said.

Treacy joined the company in 2002 and last served as vice president, environmental and corporate affairs.

Prior to 2002, he served as director of Virginia’s department of environmental quality, held several positions in the private sector and also served as assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of the Virginia attorney general’s office.

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