Sustainability at Maple Leaf

Sustainability for us is not a program – it’s a far-reaching commitment and pivotal to our business.

The challenge our world faces is the urgent need to feed two billion more people by 2050 in a way that balances nutrition, environmental sustainability, animal wellness, accessibility and affordability.

The issues are daunting, but they also present an exciting opportunity for companies like ours that are prepared to lead and prepared to change.

– Michael H. McCain,
President and CEO

Watch Our promise, our plan

Advancing nutrition and health

We have the responsibility to address the most pressing diet-related health issues we face as a society including reducing sodium, using healthier, more natural ingredients, reducing antibiotics and continually advancing leadership in food safety.

Almost 100%

of Maple Leaf’s fresh poultry and pork products and 40% of the prepared meats products under our national brands meet Health Canada’s voluntary sodium guidelines.

Maple Leaf is committed to minimizing or eliminating the use of antibiotics wherever possible, while maintaining high standards of animal care.

180,000 tests

were conducted in 2014 to detect bacteria or pathogens as part of our food safety program.

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 are deeply committed to advancing sustainable food security by raising the profile of this critical social problem, advocating for solutions that target underlying factors, and supporting innovative interventions.

TRIR of Maple Leaf
Bureau of Labour Statistics’ 2013 average incidence rate


improvement in our TRIR since our 2012 baseline.

We support emergency relief globally through our deep relationship with



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 primary sustainability priorities and reflects our goal to be a leader in animal care.

close pen converted to open pen

35,000 sows

in open housing by 2017

See how animals are treated at Maple Leaf throughout our value chain

to plate


Eliminating waste

Livestock is the world’s largest user of land resources. We have the aggressive goal to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025 and advocate for change across the industry.

Water usage

7.2 million cubic
metres of water,

+0.3% from 2013

(2013 revised baseline –
7.19 million cubic metres of water)

Reducing waste

We have reduced
truck transportation
by more than

9 million

kilometres annually
since our 2010