Guest lecturer to address corporate social responsibility

The executive vice president and chief sustainability officer of Smithfield Foods will discuss sustainability communication and corporate social responsibility during a free public lecture at 6 p.m. Monday, March 18, in Foster Auditorium of Paterno Library on the University Park campus of Penn State.

Dennis Treacy will present “Smithfield’s Sustainability Journey” in a session sponsored in part by the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication, housed in the College of Communications.

Treacy oversees corporate communications, government affairs, the legal department and sustainability initiatives for Smithfield Foods, which is based in Smithfield, Va., with operations in a dozen countries. For the meat industry leader, corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues include balancing matters such as animal care, community outreach, food safety and human resources matters for employees. While many challenges face the meat-processing industry, Treacy points to technological innovation and renewable energy among the keys to success.

Before joining Smithfield in 2002, Treacy served as director of the Department of Environmental Quality in Virginia and as assistant attorney general of natural resources at the Virginia attorney general’s office. He earned his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Ore., and his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in 1978.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015