Smithfield Foods' U.S. facilities have received a total of 57 awards this year from the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) for their environmental achievements.

The awards were presented to Smithfield employees during NAMI's annual Environmental Achievement and Recognition Awards program in Atlanta, Ga.

"Smithfield Foods takes our responsibility to the environment very seriously. We are honored to have the hard work and dedication of our employees recognized through these awards," said Stewart Leeth, Smithfield's vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer.

The NAMI Environmental Achievement Awards are presented to those member companies that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing an innovative plant upgrade or environmental program. To qualify for an award, all participants must submit supporting data on natural resources, financial or other metrics to document their submissions. There are four tiers of achievement and recognition awards. 

NAMI presented achievement or recognition awards to 50 Smithfield Foods facilities throughout the U.S. 

To see a complete list of NAMI and Smithfield's internal award recipients click here.