OSI, One of the largest food manufactures in the world, is making efforts in sustainability. Sheldon Lavin CEO Of OSI is at the front of the effort. He has invested in new technologies and strategies to decrease the companies environmental footprint will still remaining efficient. The company has opened several research and development centers to discover the best way to remain sustainable. There is a Culinary Innovation Center in America and China. There is also a separate R&D Office in Chicago.
Sheldon Lavin has also hired Nichole Johson-Hoffman as the sustainable officer a leading role at OSI. Before joining OSI Hoffman was vice president of the Global Roundtable of Sustainable Beef. GRSB was created to increase the welfare of the cows while safeguarding beef, and finding innovated and efficient ways to curtail waste.
OSI has won several awards for its mission of sustainability. They have won the Global Visionary Award, California Green Business Award, British Safety Councils Globe of Honour, and the North Americans Meat Institutions Environmental Award.
Sustainability is even more important to Sheldon Lavin now that the company is making large global strides. OSI has been growing globally since Sheldon Lavin took the CEO position in the early 80’s. In the 80’s and 90’s OSI started a series of expenses into the countries of Brazil, Austria, Mexico, Hungary, Poland and the Pacific Rim. In 1987, OSI began their business with China with a joint venture with K&K foods in Taiwan. A China-based Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise in 1992 in Bejing. In the 1990s and 200s saw the company expand into Australia and India. Today OSI has over 65 facilities in 17 countries. They work with over 20,000 employees. It is ranked the 58th largest private company by Forbes.
Sheldon Lavin has a long history with OSI. In 1970, OSI then called Otto and Sons was seeking funding for expansion. Lavin played a key role in helping fund them. He also acted as a consultant for the company. In 1975 Lavin was made a partner. It was also when Otto and Suns changed to OSI. A year later McDonalds one of OSI Group’s biggest clients asked Lavin to make a full-time commitment. He became chairman and CEO of OSI that year.