The American meat and food processing giant OSI Food Solutions has earned an almost unparalleled reputation around the world for its intense focus on sustainability and environmental management excellence.
Consider that OSI Food Solutions was recently awarded the Globe of Honor Award in the United Kingdom. The Globe of Honor is among the most prestigious and difficult recognitions to obtain in Europe.
OSI Food Solutions is based in Aurora, Illinois, and is listed by Forbes as #58 along America’s largest privately-owned companies. The firm currently operated 65 facilities in 17 countries, including a wide presence in Europe. The company is helmed by President David McDonald and CEO Sheldon Lavin. McDonald has been with OSI for more than 30 years and Lavin over four decades. OSI employs more than 20,000 people globally.
Nailing down the Globe of Honor meant that OSI Food Solutions had to first score five stars with the British Safety Council’s environmental auditing system, among the most stringent and rigorous in the world. An independent panel of experts also conducted exacting inspections of OSI processes and facilities. This is an extremely complete inspection from factory floor to boardroom.
OSI Food Solutions has made sustainability the cornerstone of everything it does. Meat processing on a massive scale is a naturally energy-intensive activity. Part of the reason is the tremendous need for refrigeration to preserve foods safely. Refrigerators use a lot of electricity. Another key resource needed in abundance is fresh water. Large amount of water are a necessity when processing meats.
This has driven OSI management to seek and use alternative forms of energy wherever possible, including wind and solar power. Water usage is curtailed by the installation of low-flow faucets and by developing processing methods where less water is needed.
Mike Robinson, CEO of the British Safety Council, praised OSI leadership for their intense focus and commitment on environmentally sound business practice. The company maintains an internal Global Sustainability Council meets on a regular basis via conference calls and face-to-face to track progress and evaluate performance.
Shrinking its carbon footprint, reducing waste to a minimum, humane treatment of animals, care for employees, safety and sustainability are hallmarks of the OSI company culture.