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Why does a Fortune 100 company have 100 chaplains?

16 Nov, 2021

Pictured: Brian Grim, John Tyson (Chairman), John Randal Tyson (Executive Vice President, Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer), and David W. Miller (Director of the Princeton University Faith and Work Initiative)

Monday evening I heard why it matters to the Tyson’s Chairman & Chief Sustainability Officer: It’s a Core Value.

By Brian Grim

On Monday evening I had the honor of presenting the 2021 Global Business & Interfaith Peace Award to John Tyson, Chairman of Tyson Foods, at their annual Chaplain Conference.

Before the award, John and his son John Randal shared with the 100 Tyson chaplains how their work is much more than a program, but a reflection of the Core Values of the company. The discussion, moderated by Princeton’s David W. Miller, was followed by a town hall Q&A with the chaplains, who have been on the frontlines providing compassionate care in the plants across America durning the pandemic.

As John said, “From the beginning, our company has been built on faith, family, and hard work. That tradition, our Core Values, and ‘doing what’s right’ are deeply embedded in our culture.”

In the video you can hear the rationale in John Tyson’s own words. And in the graphic below,  you can read Tyson Foods’ Core Values, which includes “Striving to honor God and be respectful of each other, our customers, and other stakeholders.”

Read more about John’s award here, which was presented virtually in August.

Congratulations John, Tyson Foods, and your Chaplains, who come from multiple faiths and denominations serving 141,000 team members in more than 150 facilities!