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Tyson Foods 12/100

(NYSE:TSN) 31 of 38 (2018)

Tyson Foods Inc. (Tyson Foods), the largest chicken processor in the United States, and a producer of beef, pork, and prepared foods, ranks 31st out of 38 companies and discloses significantly less information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers. Compared to 2016, the company has taken limited steps to improve by disclosing that its grievance mechanism is also available to its suppliers' workers, and that it may undertake third-party audits against its supplier code (which includes the prohibition of forced labor). The company is encouraged to improve its performance and disclosure on the themes of traceability and risk assessment, recruitment, and remedy.

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2018 Ranking: 31 of 38

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Tyson Foods was evaluated both in 2016, when it ranked 17th out of 20 companies, and in 2018, when it ranked 31st out of 38 companies. Compared to 2016, the company decreased its score by one point, to 12/100. Since 2016, the company has taken limited steps to improve by disclosing that its grievance mechanism is also available to its suppliers' workers and that it may undertake third-party audits against its supplier code (which includes the prohibition of forced labor).

2016 BENCHMARK

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The average score for the sector was 30/100, matching the average score in the 2016 benchmark. Compared to 2016, the number of companies assessed in 2018 increased from 20 to 38. Since 2016 the methodology has been strengthened, making it harder for companies to achieve the same score. The 19 companies benchmarked in both 2016 and 2018 saw their average score increase from 30/100 to 33/100, which is positive given the changes to the methodology.

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2016

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Tyson Foods was evaluated both in 2016, when it ranked 17th out of 20 companies, and in 2018, when it ranked 31st out of 38 companies. Compared to 2016, the company decreased its score by one point, to 12/100. Since 2016, the company has taken limited steps to improve by disclosing that its grievance mechanism is also available to its suppliers' workers and that it may undertake third-party audits against its supplier code (which includes the prohibition of forced labor).

2016BENCHMARK

2018

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The average score for the sector was 30/100, matching the average score in the 2016 benchmark. Compared to 2016, the number of companies assessed in 2018 increased from 20 to 38. Since 2016 the methodology has been strengthened, making it harder for companies to achieve the same score. The 19 companies benchmarked in both 2016 and 2018 saw their average score increase from 30/100 to 33/100, which is positive given the changes to the methodology.

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THEME AND INDICATOR SCORE

The benchmark methodology has seven themes, selected to capture the key areas where companies need to take action to eradicate forced labor from their supply chains. There are a total of 23 indicators across the seven themes. For each theme, a company can score a total of 100 points.

Commitment and Governance

This theme evaluates a company's commitment to addressing forced labor, whether it discloses supply chain standards, and to what extent it has management processes and board oversight, training programs, and engagement with stakeholders on forced labor in place.

OVERALL 40
INDICATORS
Commitment
100
Supply Chain Standards
50
Management and Accountability
0
Training
50
Stakeholder Engagement
0

Traceability and Risk Assessment

This theme measures the extent to which a company demonstrates an understanding of its suppliers and their workforce by disclosing relevant information (such as supplier names or sourcing countries) and assesses and discloses forced labor risks across its supply chains.

OVERALL 0
Traceability
0
Risk Assessment
0

Purchasing Practices

This theme assesses to what extent a company adopts responsible purchasing practices (such as providing price premiums and procurement incentives) and integrates supply chain standards into supplier selection and supplier contracts, and whether it cascades them down the supply chain.

OVERALL 25
Purchasing Practices
0
Supplier Selection
0
Integration into Supplier Contracts
100
Cascading Standards through the Supply Chain
0

Recruitment

This theme measures a company's approach to reducing the risk of exploitation of supply chain workers by recruitment agencies, eliminating workers' payment of fees during recruitment processes throughout its supply chains, and protecting the rights of migrant workers.

OVERALL 0
Recruitment Approach
0
Recruitment Fees
0
Monitoring and Ethical Recruitment
0
Migrant Worker Rights
0

Worker Voice

This theme measures the extent to which a company engages with workers in its supply chains, enables freedom of association, and ensures access to effective and trusted grievance mechanisms.

OVERALL 8
INDICATORS
Communication of Policies
0
Worker Voice
0
Freedom of Association
0
Grievance Mechanism
30

Monitoring

This theme evaluates a company's process for auditing suppliers (including whether audits include non-scheduled visits, review relevant documents such as wage slips or contracts, interview workers, and audit lower-tier suppliers) and providing disclosure on the outcomes of supplier audits.

OVERALL 10
Auditing Process
20
Audit Disclosure
0

Remedy

This theme measures the extent to which a company has corrective action plan processes for non-compliant suppliers and ensures remedy is provided to workers in its supply chains who are victims of forced labor. Publicly available allegations of forced labor in a company's supply chains that occurred in the past three years, and how a company has responded to and addressed those allegations, are also assessed as part of this theme.

OVERALL 0
Corrective Action Plans
0
Remedy Programs and Response to Allegations
0

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