(PRNewswire) Four Maple Leaf Foods plants have been recognized by the North American Meat Institute and the National Safety Council for their workplace safety achievements. Speedvale in Guelph, Ontario; Cappola in Toronto, Ontario; and Walker Drive in Brampton, Ontario all received the Award of Honor while Toronto Poultry in Toronto received the Award of Merit.
The Institute's Worker Safety Recognition Awards Program aims to motivate employers to improve their safety performance through the establishment of sound safety and health programs at the plant level, and to recognize those plants that have achieved a high level of safety performance as part of a continuing effort to reduce occupational injury and illness. All Maple Leaf plants that applied for awards were recognized.
In 2009, the company adopted a "Safety Promise" to dedicate itself to enhancing workplace safety and food safety. Four years later, Maple Leaf began an internal safety awards program designed to keep the spotlight on safety, and each year, top performing plants are honoured internally in a special ceremony. More recently, in 2018, the company declared its purpose to "Raise the Good in Food" through a progressive and purposeful sustainability platform including a strong focus on caring for people.
Maple Leaf Foods leads the North American meat, poultry, prepared meats, and hog and pig farming industries in overall safety performance. In 2018, the company's overall "recordable injury rate" reached an all-time company low (0.66), comparable to world leaders in "all manufacturing". In addition, in 2018, 29 Maple Leaf sites within the corporate family of plants and barns sustained zero recordable injuries.
Maple Leaf Foods is a leading consumer protein company, with a vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth. Maple Leaf brands include Maple Leaf, Maple Leaf Prime, Maple Leaf Natural Selections, Schneiders, Schneiders Country Naturals®, Mina, SWIFT and Lightlife. The Company employs approximately 11,500 people and does business in Canada, the U.S. and Asia.