We Believe in Investing in Our Associates' Growth, Safety and Well-Being
Setting a Winning Safety Record
In 2016, Perdue received the highest number of safety awards of any poultry company from the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council for consistently implementing innovative and effective safety and health processes and systems.
According to statistics the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released in 2014, the nationwide lost-time rate for all manufacturing industries combined for that same year was 1.00 case per 100 workers. Perdue’s companywide rate during that year was 0.19 cases per 100 associates. As of July 2016, Perdue’s lost-time rate was 0.28 cases per 100 associates.
Perdue's companywide OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rate is 2.51 as compared with the current poultry industry rate of 4.30 and the goods producing rate of 4.00.
Wages, Benefits and Compliance
We're proud to take care of our team members by offering:
Paid Time Off
Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage
Life & Disability Insurance
401(k) Savings Options
Tuition & Education Reimbursement
Health Improvement Program (HIP)
Dignity, Diversity and Inclusion
We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and the manner in which our facilities bring together people from different racial, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. We’re committed to equal opportunity, and our Inclusion Council allows our company to create an even more diverse culture.
We're committed to treating all associates with dignity and respect, and we have a strong policy against any form of discrimination, harassment or abuse. This includes discrimination or harassment based on race, national origin, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. All associates receive mandatory discrimination and harassment awareness training, including their responsibility to report any suspected violation of our policies. We also expect our vendors and business partners to abide by the same policies when working with our associates or while on company property.
As part of our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, we reaffirm our commitment to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer all personnel actions without regard to color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Further, as a government contractor/subcontractor, we annually write Affirmative Action Plans for each unit within the company. As part of that exercise, we thoroughly analyze all company practices to ensure discrimination does not exist. We encourage diversity through outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and through targeted recruiting strategies.
We have an open-door policy to allow every associate to discuss any issue with any member of the management team, peer-review panels to ensure we apply policies fairly and a toll-free hotline.
We believe a union-free environment provides the best opportunity for our associates to work together in a trust-based environment with shared goals. At the same time, we are committed to working with unions in a spirit of trust and mutual respect at those facilities with existing collective bargaining agreements. We are also fully committed to protecting the rights of all associates, including the right to associate, organize and bargain collectively in a lawful and peaceful manner, without penalty or interference.
Wellness Centers: A Prescription for Better Health
Perdue is one of the few businesses in the country to offer associates and dependents access to affordable primary care through fully equipped on-site Wellness Centers staffed by health care providers from the local community. Wellness Center services include ongoing treatment for chronic issues, OB/GYN services, prenatal care, pediatric care and physical therapy. Associates can see a doctor during their shifts and get paid for their time.
Perdue Health Improvement Program: Prevention is the Best Medicine
Our voluntary Perdue Health Improvement Program (HIP) provides free annual wellness screenings and supports associates in their efforts to eliminate lifestyle risk factors and manage controllable diseases through one-on-one counseling, health education and workplace programs.
This innovative program received a Secretary’s Innovation in Prevention Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and a C. Everett Koop Health Award.
Putting a Safety Culture to Work
For more than three decades, we’ve been at the forefront among food and agricultural companies in ergonomics and workplace safety. Our Occupational Safety and Health Administration metrics rank our workplaces among the safest in the entire manufacturing sector, and our larger facilities regularly achieve million-safe-hour milestones. We create a culture of safety in our operations, with annual safety goals and shared accountability. At our plants, Safety Teams (which include hourly associates) continuously monitor the work environment and are empowered to help production.
Engaging Hearts and Minds
The Perdue Business Improvement Process (PBIP), used throughout the company, engages hourly production associates in teamwork and decision-making by sharing goals with them, providing continuous feedback on results, and empowering them to contribute ideas and identify opportunities for improvement.