Sheldon Lavin And A Sustainable Future for OSI

Because OSI has been a leader in innovation and technology in the food industry, Sheldon Lavin has announced a new sustainability commitment for the company. Over the past ten years, Lavin has pushed for research and development into new sustainable strategies and technologies through the company’s two large Culinary Innovation Centers. In 2017, OSI made a hierarchical change by incorporating a Chief Sustainability Officer to oversee this important aspect. As MacDonald’s (OSI’s original customer) has also made a strong commitment to sustainability in it’s supply chain, it is no surprise that Sheldon Lavin has also chosen this change for OSI.

And companies and governments around the world have noticed these efforts. MacDonald’s recognized four OSI subsidiaries as Best of Sustainable Supply, while California awarded another subsidiary with a California Green Business certification for it’s efforts in conservation and pollution reduction. The Scunthorpe plant in the UK received a Globe of Honour Award from the British Safety Council for 2013, 2015, and 2016. This prestigious award required a five star rating from an environmental audit as well as an excellent recommendation from an independent review of plant wide initiatives. NAMI, an organization that represents nearly all red meat and turkey manufactures in the United States, has awarded several facilities several different sustainability awards as well as awarding Sheldon Lavin an Edward C. Jones Community Service Award in 2016.

It would seem impossible for a company with over 20,000 employees worldwide to instill a common set of goals and beliefs in all of those plants and offices, and yet, somehow, Sheldon Lavin has done just that. During his long tenure as CEO, he has been able to create a family like culture that inspires loyalty and commitment in the employees from the production floor to the boardroom. Accordingly, that type of commitment, be it to employees or to new sustainability initiatives, shows in the number of awards and accolades OSI, it’s subsidiaries, and Sheldon Lavin has received.

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