The Indian Vision World Academy recently presented its much vaunted Global Visionary Award to Sheldon Lavin, CEO and Chairman of OSI Group, the giant American meat processing firm headquartered in Aurora, Illinois.
The award is given to people who have achieved not only extraordinary success in business, but also who have also created innovative ways of doing things along the way.
Sheldon Lavin is certainly among the most remarkable CEOs leading a major world company today. For one thing, it’s his longevity. Mr. Lavin has been with OSI Group since the 1970s and has been at the top spot for decades. As such, he is among the longest-serving CEOs of a major company in the world.
OSI is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, a city of the Greater Chicago area. Established as a one-man operation by a German immigrant in 1909, the company has grown to comprise 70 facilities in 17 countries. Forbes lists OSI Group at No. 58 among America’s largest privately-owned companies. It employs some 20,000 people and reports annual income in excess of $6 billion.
Sheldon Lavin also recently received the Edward C. Jones Community Service Award. This honor recognizes an individual or organization that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the communities in which it operates. The award is named for Edward Jones who established the famous Jones Dairy Farm brand.
Lavin wins awards like these because OSI has shown remarkable consistency in all the locations it operates around the world in terms of support of local charities. One example is the relationship OSI has developed with Feeding America, the nation’s largest food bank provider that feeds hungry families across the United States. OSI Group donates hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to Feeding America locations every year.
OSI Group has also been noted by industry observers to be among the most advanced and aggressive in its pursuit of sustainability and environmental management. Clean, green, safe and healthy operational strategies are at the core of OSI corporate culture. The company is considered a role model for sustainability among the global family of food processing industries.