Sustainability at Maple Leaf

Sustainability for us is not a program – it is 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 are one of the largest producers of pork raised without antibiotics in North America and the largest in Canadian poultry.

225,000+ tests

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

Almost 100% of Maple Leaf’s fresh poultry and pork products and over 56% of our branded prepared meats products meet Health Canada’s voluntary sodium guidelines.

We have a responsibility to address 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.

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 awareness, advocating for solutions, sharing learnings, and supporting innovative organizations that build community food security.

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


improvement in our TRIR since our 2012 baseline.

We support global initiatives that advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, largely through our partnership with

UNICEF Canada.


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.

35,000 sows

in open housing by 2017
Watch our Open Sow Housing Video

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

to plate


Eliminating waste

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

We are on our way…

In 2015, Maple Leaf reduced our environmental footprint by:

Energy (MWh)


Equivalent to 8,201 homes’ energy use for one year

Water (m3)


Equivalent to 334 Olympic sized pools

Total Waste Diversion Rate

New 2015 baseline

(tonnes (CO2e))


Equivalent to emissions from 7,200 cars driven for one year