Perdue Farms has been named the Gold winner in the Company Response of the Year During COVID-19 category in the tenth annual Consumer World Awards, which recognize consumer products, companies and people globally in various categories. The COVID-19 Business Response awards were created this year to honor the contributions of individuals, teams and groups, and organizations that have worked hard to show their resilience and creativity to weather the economic impact caused by the pandemic while keeping people safe, healthy, and informed.
Judges from a broad spectrum of industry voices from around the world participated in reviewing this year’s award submissions. Their average scores determined the 2020 winners, who will be celebrated and presented their awards during a virtual ceremony in December.
“Now in our 100th year, the success of this company is a result of putting our people first, which has been especially important during COVID-19,” said Perdue Farms’ CEO Randy Day. “We couldn’t be prouder of our frontline workers for their non-stop efforts throughout the pandemic. As they remain dedicated to providing safe, high-quality food for our country, we remain committed to ensuring their safety.”
Perdue responded swiftly to the threat of COVID-19 to protect and support its associates, closely following and implementing current CDC guidance since the first reports of cases in the U.S. Even before public health officials provided guidance on workplace safety for meat and poultry companies, Perdue instituted extensive incremental safety measures like additional sanitization, enforcement of social distancing where possible, installation of temporary partitions where social distancing isn’t possible, temperature checks and mask wearing for everyone entering our buildings, and added to these measures over time as CDC guidance evolved.
Following tours of several Perdue facilities, the CDC validated that the company’s efforts to protect its associates have been effective. Perdue continues to enforce CDC safety measures and communicate with associates, including translating and sharing information in multiple languages, through daily meetings, take-home flyers, and its open-door communication policy, and ensuring an open dialogue with health officials and local community leaders.
In addition to keeping its associates protected, Perdue has delivered more than 1.9 million pounds of protein to food banks, dedicated COVID-19 hunger-relief efforts, and healthcare workers and first responders through its “Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors” initiative, exceeding its commitment to donate one million pounds of protein to support our communities during COVID-19.
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