JACKSON, Miss. (March 8, 2016) — Sanderson Farms, Inc. has been recognized as 2020 Women on Boards Winning “W” Company for the fifth year in a row. Since 2011, when the organization began tracking board diversity, Sanderson Farms has been recognized consecutively for the significant number of women who sit on its board.

Women currently make up 31% of those who have a seat on the Sanderson Farms, Inc. Board. “We are honored to be acknowledged by such a principled organization,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “We have so many intelligent, hardworking women in impactful positions at Sanderson Farms. Our success would not be possible without their significant contributions.”

Coincidentally, the presentation of this award coincides with International Women’s Day, which is recognized each year on March 8. Globally, International Women’s Day is dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

2020 Women on Boards is a non-profit grassroots campaign committed to increasing the percentage of women who serve on U.S. company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020. The organization is committed to educating corporate stakeholders on the importance of board diversity.

“We appreciate Sanderson Farms’ commitment to good corporate governance practices,” said Malli Gero, President of 2020 Women on Boards. “We look forward to seeing them on the ‘W’ list for years to come.” 

About Sanderson Farms  

Sanderson Farms, Inc., founded in 1947, is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared food items. Employing more than 11,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 13 different cities, Sanderson Farms is the third