Every business today seems to be “going green”. Whether it is done for a marketing gimmick or out of a genuine concern for the environment, this has become the common trend. However, one notable exception to this trend is the fact that the world’s largest companies do not usually take the “green” approach to business, at least not in any way that matters. In general, their operations are so large that it becomes more problematic to worry about the environment.
OSI Group, under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, is an exception to the exception. Lavin is a former banker before he joined OSI. That is to say, they are a very large company that is taking a green approach to business, and which seems to be going much farther than a mere marketing campaign. OSI Group, known to most as the primary supplier for McDonald’s, is ranked as the 58th largest company in the world. They have over 20,000 employees worldwide in 17 different countries. Their approximate net worth as a company is estimated at 6.1 billion dollars.
Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin as CEO, the company has decided to take a serious interest in developing more sustainable practices aimed at lessening the environmental impact that results from the company’s operations. To facilitate those efforts, two special research and development centers (dubbed “Culinary Innovation Centers”) have been created by the company. One of them is in the United States and the other is located in China. The company has also opened a separate research facility in Chicago. These centers are aptly named because they will be at the heart of the company’s wide-ranging efforts to become more environmentally friendly.
OSI Group has also re-organized their corporate structure by creating the position of sustainability chief and making it a position of great importance in the company. At present, his efforts are focused on streamlining the supply chain to avoid waste and to be more efficient in terms of both production and transport. The position is occupied currently by Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, who previously served as Vice President of the Global Roundtable For Sustainable Beef.
Although OSI Group has a long-standing business relationship with McDonald’s, these initiatives were done mainly at the behest of OSI Group CEO Sheldon Lavin. Sheldon Lavin is the one who is generally credited with the company’s new approach to business. It is also true, however, that McDonald’s has also adopted a set of sustainability initiatives. As usual, these two old partners are on the same page.
Find more about Sheldon Lavin: https://companycheck.co.uk/director/914542187/MR-SHELDON-LAVIN/summary