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Strategy and Analysis

1.1Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization.

1.2Description of key impacts, risks and opportunities.
2.1Name of the organization.

2.2Primary brands, products and/or services.
2.3Operational structure of the organization, including main divisions, operating companies, subsidiaries and joint ventures.
2.4Location of organization’s headquarters.

2.5Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with either major operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability issues covered in the report.

2.6Nature of ownership and legal form.

2.7Markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers/beneficiaries).

2.8Scale of the reporting organization.
2.9Significant changes during the reporting period regarding size, structure or ownership.
2.10Awards received in the reporting period.

3.1Reporting period (e.g., fiscal/calendar year) for information provided.

3.2Date of most recent previous report (if any).

3.3Reporting cycle (annual, biennial, etc.).

3.4Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents.

3.5Process for defining report content.
3.6Boundary of the report (e.g., countries, divisions, subsidiaries, leased facilities, joint ventures, suppliers).

3.7State any specific limitations on the scope or boundary of the report.

3.8*Basis for reporting on joint ventures, subsidiaries, leased facilities, outsourced operations, and other entities that can significantly affect comparability from period to period and/or between organizations.
About This Report

We report on all entities that Hormel Foods exercises control or significant influence with regard to financial and operating policies and practices. We do not publically report on entities outside of this boundary due to the sheer breadth and variety of suppliers and because they operate as independent businesses. Furthermore we do not report on leased facilities as they do not impact the comparability in reporting from period to period.

3.9Data measurement techniques and the basis of calculations, including assumptions and techniques underlying estimations applied to the compilation of the indicators and other information in the report. Explain any decisions not to apply, or to substantially diverge from, the GRI Indicator Protocols.

3.10Explanation of the effect of any re-statements of information provided in earlier reports, and the reasons for such re-statement (e.g., mergers/acquisitions, change of base years/periods, nature of business, measurement methods).

3.11Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary or measurement methods applied in the report.

3.12Table identifying the location of the Standard Disclosures in the report.

3.13Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report.

4.1Governance structure of the organization, including committees under the highest governance body responsible for specific tasks, such as setting strategy or organizational oversight.
4.2Indicate whether the chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer.

4.3For organizations that have a unitary board structure, state the number of members of the highest governance body that are independent and/or non-executive members.
4.4Mechanisms for shareholders and employees to provide recommendations or direction to the highest governance body.

4.5Linkage between compensation for members of the highest governance body, senior managers, and executives (including departure arrangements), and the organization’s performance (including social and environmental performance).

4.6Processes in place for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided.

4.7Process for determining the qualifications and expertise of the members of the highest governance body for guiding the organization’s strategy on economic, environmental and social topics.
4.8Internally developed statements of mission or values, codes of conduct, and principles relevant to economic, environmental and social performance and the status of their implementation.
4.9Procedures of the highest governance body for overseeing the organization’s identification and management of economic, environmental and social performance, including relevant risks and opportunities, and adherence or compliance with internationally agreed standards, codes of conduct and principles.
4.10Processes for evaluating the highest governance body’s own performance, particularly with respect to economic, environmental and social performance.

4.11Explanation of whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization.
N/A. Does not exist. We evaluate risks using an Enterprise Risk Management system. We have multiple goals to reduce environmental impacts and do not have serious threats of “irreversible damage.”

4.12Externally developed economic, environmental and social charters, principles or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses.
4.13Memberships in associations (such as industry associations) and/or national/international advocacy organizations in which the organization: * Has positions in governance bodies; * Participates in projects or committees; * Provides substantive funding beyond routine membership dues; or * Views membership as strategic.

4.14List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization.

4.15Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage.

4.16* Approaches to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group.
Stakeholder Feedback

We report on the frequency of meetings with several stakeholders (ICCR, CFPB, employees), but the frequency of meetings with each and every stakeholder is considered proprietary information.

4.17Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting.

FP1*Percentage of purchased volume from suppliers compliant with company’s sourcing policy.

FP2*Percentage of purchased volume that is verified as being in accordance with credible, internationally recognized responsible production standards, broken down by standard.
We purchase the majority of our raw materials, equipment and services domestically within the regions where we manufacture our products.

Supply Chain

Additional information is not available in how to track progress. 100 percent of purchased hogs come from independent farms that are PQA Plus Certified.

EC1*Direct economic value generated and distributed, including revenues, operating costs, employee compensation, donations and other community investments, retained earnings, and payments to capital providers and governments.
EC2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organization’s activities due to climate change.

EC3Coverage of the organization’s defined benefit plan obligations.

EC4Significant financial assistance received from government.
We did not receive significant assistance from the government; therefore, this indicator is not applicable

EC5*Range of ratios of standard entry level wage compared to local minimum wage at significant locations of operation.
Compensation
Ratio of standard entry-level wage compared to local minimum wage is not reported. To report the ratio would be proprietary information; rather, we report the measures we take to ensure fair wages are given to all employees as part of our commitment to our employees.

EC6*Policy, practices, and proportion of spending on locally-based suppliers at significant locations of operation.

Supply Chain

Supply Chain: We purchase the majority of our raw materials, equipment and services domestically within the regions where we manufacture our products.

EC7*Procedures for local hiring and proportion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation.

EC8Development and impact of infrastructure investments and services provided primarily for public benefit through commercial, in-kind or pro bono engagement.

EC9Understanding and describing significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts.

EN1* Materials used by weight or volume.
Not available: Due to the breadth of our operations and amount of materials used, we do not have an exact measurement of all materials used by weight. We estimate more than 4,600 types of materials are used in our operations, so we work to reduce packaging through our packaging minimization initiative.

EN2Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials.

EN3*Direct energy consumption by primary energy source.

Energy

We report our direct energy consumption at our U.S. manufacturing facilities, which is the amount of natural gas, fuel oil and propane used, in MMBtu which equates to 4,428,890 gigajoules. Our indirect energy consumption, which is the amount of electricity we use, is reported in kWh, which equates to 2,628,000 gigajoules.

EN4*Indirect energy consumption by primary source.
Energy Indirect energy GJ/thousand pounds of production (in gigajoules):
We report our direct energy consumption at our U.S. manufacturing facilities, which is the amount of natural gas, fuel oil and propane used, in MMBtu which equates to 4,428,890 gigajoules. Our indirect energy consumption, which is the amount of electricity we use, is reported in kWh, which equates to 2,628,000 gigajoules.

EN5Energy saved due to conservation and efficiency improvements.
EN6Initiatives to provide energy-efficient or renewable energy based products and services, and reductions in energy requirements as a result of these initiatives.
N/A: This is not applicable to our business because we do not produce products or services that meet this criteria (i.e., that provide energy-efficient or renewable energy based products and services.)

EN7Initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption and reductions achieved.
EN8Total water withdrawal by source.

EN9Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water.
Not Material: Not material because our operations are not in areas that significantly affect water sources with our withdrawal.

EN10Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused.
Water

The term "recycled" and "reused" do not sufficiently describe our operations. We reuse water in our manufacturing operations.

EN11Location and size of land owned, leased, managed in or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas.
N/A: We do not report on this issue since the disclosure does not relate to our business because we do not have significant operations located in land designated as protected areas of high biodiversity.

EN12Description of significant impacts of activities, products and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas.
N/A: We do not report on this issue since the disclosure does not relate to our business because we do not have significant operations (thus, no products) that impact protected areas high in biodiversity.

EN13Habitats protected or restored.
N/A: We do not operate in areas where habitats are in need of being protected or restored.

EN14Strategies, current actions and future plans for managing impacts on biodiversity.
N/A: We do not operate in areas where habitats are in need of being protected or restored.

EN15 Number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk.
N/A: We do not operate in areas where habitats are in need of being protected or restored.

EN16Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight.

EN17Other relevant indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight.

EN18Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reductions achieved.

EN19Emissions of ozone-depleting substances by weight.
Not material: Our primary refrigeration is ammonia based (not a GHG or ODS). We do have some ODS in use, such as R-22 (a Class II ODS), but its use is very minor by comparison and therefore is not material. The capture of the refrigerant is highly regulated, and we employ practices to minimize the risk of ODS losses related to equipment failure and incidental loss. Our organization does not produce ODS.

EN20NOx, SOx and other significant air emissions by type and weight.
Air
Our operations track and record criteria air pollutant emissions, including NOx (Nitrogen oxides), SO2 (Sulfur dioxide), CO (Carbon monoxide) and PM (particulate matter). These emissions are reported as required by local, state, and federal requirements.

EN21*Total water discharge by quality and destination.

EN22*Total weight of waste by type and disposal method.

EN23Total number and volume of significant spills.
We did not have any significant spills for this reporting period.

EN24Weight of transported, imported, exported or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel Convention Annex I, II, III, and VIII, and percentage of transported waste shipped internationally.
We have zero international shipments of hazardous waste.

EN25Identity, size, protected status and biodiversity value of water bodies and related habitats significantly affected by the reporting organization’s discharges of water and runoff.
The majority of our water is discharged to publicly owned treatment works, which in turn discharge in combination with other treated water to typically larger rivers. We do not discharge to wetlands or other highly sensitive water bodies.

EN26Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services, and extent of impact mitigation.

EN27* Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category.
N/A: We report the amount of our product packaging materials that are recyclable or recycled and the amount of solid waste we prevent from going to the landfill through recycling or land spreading application. We do not have the exact total of products sold and packaging materials that are reclaimed as we do not have a process in place to capture this.

EN28Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

EN29Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials used for the organization’s operations, and transporting members of the workforce.

EN30Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type.

* denotes partially reported.

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