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Tyson Foods

3 /100

Ranking Breakdown:

#9 overall out of 10


0 /48


0 /28


2 /8


1 /16

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CEO: Donnie King   

Annual Revenue: $43.19 billion 

Top Subsidiaries: Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, BallPark, State Fair, and 33 others.

Countries they operate in: 10 countries

Industry Type: Meat Packing

Private or Public: Public

Corporation Size: 139,000 employees


Board Information

Notable members include Gaurdie E. Banister Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Aera Energy LLC, one of California’s largest oil and gas producers, which is jointly owned by major energy corporations Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil; Mike Beebe, who currently serves as a member of the Governors’ Council for the Bipartisan Policy Center, an advisor to Arkansas State University, is a former Governor of Arkansas, served as the state’s attorney general, and was a state senator; Maria Claudia Borras, currently Executive Vice President of Oilfield Services at Baker Hughes, an international energy technology corporation; Mikel A Durham, who formerly worked at PepsiCo, served as a Managing Director of Guinness, as President of Burger King North America; and as President of Global Supply for Cadbury Schweppes; and, Robert Thurber, who served as Vice President of Purchasing for Sysco Corporation, the largest U.S. food service marketing and distribution corporation.  

How to Improve

You’d think a score of 3 out of 100 would score last place, but no. Tyson revealed nothing of its political or lobbying expenditures in the United States or beyond. It also provided almost no details on its charitable or scientific activities. Simply reporting U.S. political expenditures (which are already available by law and easily drawn into a corporate website) would be a good place to start.

What You Can Do

Food Industry Political Disclosure

For our health, demand Big Food open the books on its political spending

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