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SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Each week 120 chaplains walk through the food production plants and offices of Tyson Foods, Inc. here, where they listen to, encourage, and sometimes pray with some of the company's more 104,000 team members.
The work of these chaplains, and Tyson’s commitment to be faith-friendly, have earned the company the 2007 International Spirit at Work Award.
Tyson recently received the honor from the International Center for Spirit at Work, a worldwide non-profit organization for people who are integrating spiritual values, such as kindness, compassion and integrity, in the workplace. Tyson is one of seven organizations that received the award. The others are from the U.S., Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
“We’re grateful for this international recognition of our efforts in the workplace,” said Rod Nagel, Tyson’s s.v.p./human resources. “Our desire to be a faith-friendly company and to honor God, are part of Tyson’s core values, which shape and direct the way we do business.”
“Our chaplains provide a ministry of availability, helping team members with personal concerns and issues, such as the loss of a loved one, illness, marital and family concerns or financial problems,” said Alan Tyson, director of chaplain services for Tyson Foods.