Sustainability & Stewardship: 2008 Report
Commitment to Community
We are committed to the communities in which we operate through civic involvement, cultural support and respect for the environment. Core Commitments
Community Commitment Highlights
Supports local economic development projects
Civic organization support
Creates visible, active businesses in the community
Our beliefs and values
Seaboard Foods has a deep commitment to the communities in which we operate, which range from small farming communities in rural Oklahoma and Colorado to large metropolitan areas in Kansas and Utah. We must be contributing corporate citizens of our communities and support community involvement. By doing this, our communities remain vibrant and successful, leading to ideal places for our business and for our employees to live and work.
|Since its beginning, Seaboard Foods has supported community activities and development projects, including:|
- American Cancer Society Relay for Life
- American Royal Veterinary Scholarship
- City Union Mission Golf Classic Gold Sponsor
- Greensburg Tornado Relief Fund
- Guymon Pioneer Days
- Guymon YMCA
- Kansas State Fair Grand Drive Reserve Champion Hog
- Leoti School District Grant
- Oklahoma FFA Foundation State Officer Scholarship
- Oklahoma State University Swine Education & Research Center
- Oklahoma Youth Expo
- Panhandle Area Sheltered Workshop
- Ronald McDonald House
With more than 250 farms located in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Texas, and processing plants in Oklahoma, Montana and Utah, we employ nearly 4,500 people. These employees live and work in the communities where we operate, pay taxes, do business with local suppliers and support community investment programs. They represent Seaboard Foods and are the face of our company in these communities.
Seaboard Foods contributes to the economic success of the communities through our day-to-day business, by providing jobs in our own operations as well as creating opportunity for businesses we touch along the way. In communities, like Guymon, Okla., or Holyoke, Colo., we positively affect and expand businesses that do business with us.
In its short history, Seaboard Foods has contributed more than $1.5 million to local civic groups, economic development councils, culture and art programs, education, environment, and health and social services.
For example, a Seaboard Foods donation to The Chester Historical Society, Chester, Okla., allowed the group to upgrade and replace old playground equipment in the city's Heritage Park. Now, Chester residents can take their children to play safely at the local park.
In Seiling, Okla., Seaboard Foods' donation allowed the public works department to plant trees around the city lagoon. The trees provide a wind break and reduce soil erosion.
Involvement in the Community
|Seaboard Foods employees provided a high school graduation meal for Greensburg, Kan., residents after a tornado demolished the town.|
As a company we do more than contribute financially to local communities. We encourage action by our employees. Many employees serve as youth sport team coaches, local school board members, civic group volunteers, city council persons and economic development board members.
In our rural areas, we support programs to attract new families to our communities. Since the early 1980s, Wichita County, Kan., experienced a 24 percent population decrease. Seaboard Foods participates in an economic development program to attract new employees to the county.
Whether it's sponsoring a team in a local American Cancer Society Relay for Life or building a Habitat for Humanity home in an urban city, we encourage company and individual support. This benefits Seaboard Foods, our employees and most important our local communities.