Communities | Pilgrim's Sustainability Report

Our Commitment

At Pilgrim’s, we value the important role we play in the communities where our team members live and work. We understand the responsibility that comes with being a major employer in rural communities, and we work hard to contribute to the well-being of these communities by volunteering our time, donating product, sponsoring local events and teams, and providing gainful employment opportunities.

Aligning to the SDGs

Our Management Approach

To make sure our efforts have the most meaningful impact, we target our support to local initiatives throughout our communities. Our contributions benefit schools, hospitals and youth organizations—just to name a few. We have a long history of partnering with a wide variety of non-profit organizations in local communities, and each of our facilities encourages its team members to take every opportunity to be active stewards of their community. This locally focused approach allows Pilgrim’s to have the greatest impact.

Each facility has an annual budget dedicated to supporting local initiatives and communities. While some facilities focus on bettering the lives of local youth, others fight to alleviate hunger in their communities.

Each Pilgrim’s facility is encouraged to follow some basic guidelines for partnering with the community and determining the best use of the funds. While we do not have set qualifications for our charitable support, we prioritize organizations that:

  • Support the disadvantaged and those in need
  • Prevent modern slavery and support victims of modern slavery
  • Improve the development and well-being of youth
  • Promote agriculture
  • Support our team members
  • Promote acceptance and diversity
  • Support our local communities

Keeping these criteria in mind, each facility’s human resources director and general manager support organizations and civic functions that they believe will have the greatest impact on their community. We strive to provide a balance between providing financial support and in-person volunteer hours that match community requests.

Giving Back To Our Communities

In 2020, our facilities continued to serve their local communities through numerous sponsorships, volunteer efforts, fundraisers and donations. Across Europe, Mexico and the U.S., Pilgrim’s supported a variety of organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Boys and Girls Clubs, Teletón, Bright Futures and FareShare—as well as local learning institutions, such as public schools, colleges and universities.

Tree Planting with Local Elementary Schools

Broadway, VA, Complex

In line with our vision, Pilgrim’s sponsored a tree planting and education program its Rockingham County facilities and three area elementary schools: John C. Myers, Plains, and Lacey Springs. Pilgrim’s team members secured trees and dug the holes, and then students actually helped plant the trees. After assessing the company’s properties, Pilgrim’s decided to plant…

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2019 CASA Princess Ball

Mt. Pleasant, TX, Complex

The Pilgrim’s complex in Mt. Pleasant, TX, is a proud supporter of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). In 2019, the team once again participated in the CASA Princess Ball, a fundraiser held each year to raise money for the organization. Along with donating beautiful dresses for girls who may not have one available to wear,…

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Pilgrim's Tulip

Pilgrim’s Tulip is in the third year of its primary charity partnership with Mind, a mental health charity. Mind believes that no one should have to face a mental health problem alone; everybody who works at Tulip is part of our family. Sometimes family members are affected by mental health issues that have a devastating…

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Belles and Beaus on the Cane

Natchitcohes, LA, Complex

Pilgrim’s Natchitoches was the Premier Sponsor of the “Belles and Beaus on the Cane” event in Oct. 2019, presented by the American Cancer Society. Each year, the American Cancer Society holds the event to recognize the inspiring stories of cancer survivors from Natchitoches Parish. Pilgrim’s Natchitoches sponsors the event as a dedicated supporter of the…

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Sanford Engagement Committee

Sanford, NC, Complex

The Pilgrim’s Sanford Engagement Committee raised nearly $6,000 from January – July 2019 for their local Relay for Life event. All of the money raised  came from various fundraisers held at the plant – Krispy Kreme doughnut sales, nacho sales, walking tacos, and donations.

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Feeding Britain’s Future

Pilgrim's Tulip

The Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) is a research and training charity dedicated to the food and consumer goods industry. Pilgrim’s Tulip has a close relationship with IGD, particularly around their ‘Feeding Britain’s Future’ initiative. Feeding Britain’s Future is a program that provides employability skills training to secondary school students with the support of volunteers…

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Apprenticeship Levy Fund

Pilgrim's Tulip

Tulip has a rich history of supporting the next generation through apprenticeships, graduate programs and training schemes. In 2017, the U.K. government announced the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy. Every U.K. organization with a payroll of £2 million or more is automatically enrolled into the scheme. Tulip’s apprenticeship levy has over £1 million available, and…

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