Tyson Foods Inc. is the first major food company to become a full member of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers, a program that enables businesses to partner with the federal government to ensure they're employing people who are legally authorized to work in the U.S. 

To qualify for the program, a company must agree to an I-9 audit and other checks by ICE. "We believe our participation in IMAGE confirms Tyson uses best hiring practices to maintain a lawful workforce," said Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Ken Kimbro. "We use all available tools provided by the U.S. government to verify the documents of the people we hire. We've also gone beyond government tools, spending millions of dollars over the years on such things as training, computer systems and help from outside consultants to make sure we're employing people who are authorized to work in our country."


The IMAGE program was initiated in 2006 to combat undocumented workers presenting false information to hiring managers.