NEW YORK – Tyson Foods Inc. and Hormel Foods Corp. were among the meat and poultry processing companies making the cut in the Newsweek annual list of “America’s Most Responsible Companies” for 2021. Foodservice companies McDonald’s Corp. and Yum! Brands also made the list.

Tyson, based in Springdale, Ark., ranked No. 29 in the latest listing, which included 400 companies across multiple industries. In 2020, the company ranked No. 158. Tyson also was listed No. 4 in this year’s Consumer Goods category, moving up from No. 19 in the category the previous year. Newsweek’s most-responsible companies were ranked by their overall corporate social responsibility, based on environmental, social and corporate governance.

“We’re proud to be recognized for our efforts to protect our team members, support our communities and sustain the planet,” said Dean Banks, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods. “Our ambition is to be the most sustainable and transparent food company in the world, and we will continue to strengthen our position as a global protein authority.”

Austin, Minn.-based Hormel ranked No. 161 in this year’s Most Responsible Companies listing, after ranking No. 100 in the 2020 list.

Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Hormel, expressed his company’s appreciation for its efforts being recognized.

“We are honored to be named one of America's Most Responsible Companies for the second year in a row," he said. “As one of the top food companies in the world, we are focused on being a good neighbor in our communities, good steward of our environment and doing all we can to fight food insecurity. We truly understand our position in the world and the difference we can make in it.”

Quick-service restaurant chain, Yum! Brands, Louisville, Ky., also was ranked No. 127 on the most recent list, moving up from No. 258 the previous year. Chicago-based McDonald’s Corp. also made the cut at No. 395 this year after not being listed in 2020.