The boundary of the report includes all entities that Hormel Foods “exercises control or significant influence with regard to financial and operating policies and practices,” as defined by the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Boundary Protocol.

Unless otherwise noted, the report does not include MegaMex Foods (less than 50 percent operational and financial control), Fresherized Foods (acquisition of a joint venture), Okinawa Hormel Ltd. (less than 50 percent operational and financial control) and Purefoods – Hormel Company (less than 50 percent operational and financial control).

The following chart explains exceptions to this or further information about what parts of the company are not included in this report, by section.

About Hormel Foods
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No. of Employees, Countries where Products are Marketed, Brands that Held No. 1 or No. 2 Market Share and Manufacturing Facilities Includes all
Audits of Ingredient Suppliers Does not include international and Applegate
Diverse Businesses Does not include international and Applegate, and only includes applicable vendor categories
New Vendors Includes all active suppliers in the company’s tracking system
Financial Information As reported and defined in the company’s Annual Report
Lobbying and Political Action Committee Does not include Applegate
Environment
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Environment Does not include our Corporate Office, R&D, live production locations and Applegate; includes co-pack and joint venture locations with operational control
Logistics Does not include Applegate and international
Packaging Projects and Material Savings Includes all projects and savings captured by the corporate research and development (R&D) packaging development group
Product Packaging that is Recyclable and/or Made from Recycled Materials Includes strategic suppliers in the company’s tracking system
Unique Packaging Items

Includes all packaging items in the company’s tracking system

Animal Welfare
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Animal Welfare Does not include Applegate and international
Products
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Clean Label Initiative Projects Includes projects that are captured through our corporate tracking systems; however, all projects may not be captured
Partially Hydrogenated Oils Reduction Includes products that are captured through our corporate tracking systems; however, all products may not be captured
Sugar Amounts Includes products that are captured through our corporate tracking systems; however, all products may not be captured
Sodium Reduction Only includes brands listed, which include brands from Hormel Foods and MegaMex Foods
New Retail and Line Extension Launches and Products in Development Includes projects that are captured through our corporate tracking systems; however, all projects may not be captured
Brands that Held No. 1 or No. 2 Market-Share Position Includes all
People
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People Data (employment type, gender and tenure) and collective bargaining does not include Applegate and international
Safety and Safety Training Does not include Applegate, international and CytoSport
Employee Engagement Survey Does not include Applegate; CytoSport; Jennie-O Turkey Store; union plant employees at the Austin Plant, Fremont Plant and Farmer John; and international plant employees
Training Includes training captured by our corporate learning and development department (may not include everything); does not include Applegate, international and CytoSport
Communities
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Cash and Product Donation Amounts Amounts provided are donations recorded through our corporate donation records, which may not capture everything