Sustainability at Maple Leaf

Sustainability is a far-reaching commitment at Maple Leaf and deeply entrenched in our business.

The world faces daunting food challenges, and we believe we have an important role to play in meeting those challenges in a way that balances the need to feed the world with nutrition, environmental sustainability, animal wellness, accessibility and affordability.

Meat production has both significant environmental and social impacts and benefits. Through a deeply held vision to become a world-leading sustainable protein company, we believe we can drive shared value for Maple Leaf, society and the environment. We are investing significant resources and organizational focus on producing healthy, accessible and sustainable food for all.

– Michael H. McCain,
President and CEO

Message from CEO Michael McCain
Watch Our promise, our plan

Advancing nutrition and health

We are actively addressing the most pressing diet-related health issues we face as a society including reducing artificial ingredients, antibiotics use and sodium levels, and continually advancing leadership in food safety.

200,000+ tests

We follow rigorous food safety testing for listeria and other forms of potential contamination, which exceeds Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) requirements.

We will remove artificial colours, flavours and trans fats from our retail branded products by the end of 2017.

We are one of the largest producers of pork raised without antibiotics in North America and the largest in Canadian poultry.

Valuing our people

We value a culture and work environment that keeps people safe, rewards excellence and empowers everyone to learn and contribute their best.

Valuing our communities

We launched the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security in late 2016, with a goal to work collaboratively to reduce food insecurity in Canada by 50% by 2030 by raising awareness, advocating for public policy, sharing learnings, and supporting innovative organizations that build community food security.


improvement in our TRIR since our 2012 baseline.

We will achieve 50% gender diversity at the manager level and up by 2022.


Treating animals well

Maple Leaf has strong values that deeply define our culture and how we operate. These values have a very direct relationship to how we treat animals we raise or source. Treating animals well is one of our four sustainability priorities and reflects our goal to be a leader in animal care.

In 2007, Maple Leaf was one of the first scale companies in North America to commit to transition sows from confining gestation crates to open housing. Currently, we have transitioned 33,000 sows through a world class system that eliminates the conventional practice of confining sows during their pregnancy.

See how we care for the animals in our supply chain

to plate


Eliminating waste

We have an aggressive goal to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025.

Since the beginning of 2015, we have reduced our environmental footprint by:

Electricity (MWh)


Equivalent to the emissions from 7,655 homes’ energy use for one year

Water (m3)


Equivalent to the average amount of water the City of Toronto consumes in one day

Landfill Diversion Rate


Equivalency measures calculated using:

EPA GHG Calculator

Toronto Water Consumption Report (2017)

(tonnes (CO2e))


Equivalent to emissions from 17,863 cars driven for one year