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OSI Group: Pursuit Towards Sustainability

OSI Group is one of the leading food producers in the world despite growing from a local neighborhood butchery to a primary supplier at McDonald’s and its current developments. Sheldon Lavin, the chairman, and CEO of OSI Group has put considerable efforts towards achieving a sustainable food production in the company. The company rose to their current position by embracing the challenges they face in the industry as well as utilizing the cutting technology to become a successful innovator. Lavin has led the company towards its remarkable growth by guiding it towards utilizing new and reliable technologies and strategies. The combined efforts with team are not in vain because OSI Group now enjoys improved efficiency in all operations. Through the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, OSI makes its operational decisions based on the sustainability goals.

There is an increased need to have environmentally friendly and sustainable food production across the world, and in this case, companies such as OSI does not have an option but develop new strategies to achieve the same. OSI has been successful in this journey because the company together with its leader, Lavin has received some impressive sustainability awards. These awards include the North American Meat Institute’s Environmental Award, California Green Business Award, Global Visionary Award and the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honor. Lavin became a fully committed leader at OSI after McDonald’s management requested for his active presence in the company because they were going through tremendous change and growth as a company. McDonald’s wanted their key supplier to be led by a person or a leader they trust, and through his commitment, Lavin was capable of leading the company into something big.

Today, OSI Group exists in 17 countries and has more than 20,000 employees who work in their 65 facilities across the world. In the year 2016, the company was ranked by Forbes as the 58th largest private company in the world with a net worth of more than $6 billion. Adaptation to new technologies, commitment to sustainability and willingness to take risks are the main factors that have led the company to its current spectacular growth. According to Lavin, their pursuit towards sustainability was highly supported by carrying out exclusive research mostly done in their culinary innovation centers and R&D center in China and the United States. These facilities help the company to not only achieve its sustainability goals but also reduce environmental impacts in their day to day operations. Being a global and successful food processor, OSI Group focuses on utilizing their resources to develop and implement the best practices throughout the supply chain.

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