Sysco Corporation updated its online sustainability report, providing information on the company's economic, environmental, and social responsibility performance. The report, titled "Delivering on Our Commitments," outlines Sysco's strategic approach to sustainability in its three focus areas of food, operations, and community. Some notable highlights in the report include:
Food: The Integrated Pest Management Program has expanded to include standards that help protect bee populations.
Operations: Warehouse efficiency initiatives have generated energy savings of nearly 40 percent since the program's inception in 2006.
Community: Purchases from minority- and women-owned suppliers more than doubled in the past eight years, increasing from $400 million to $925 million.
Other activities, such as Sysco's commitment to sustainable sourcing of wild-caught seafood species and internal recycling programs, are featured. Additionally, Sysco recently named Catherine Kayser to the newly created role of vice president-Corporate Social Responsibility, and she will lead the further development of enterprise-wide socially responsible strategies.
"Employing sustainable business practices is foundational to the vision we have for Sysco—to be our customers' most valued and trusted business partner," says Bill DeLaney, Sysco's president and chief executive officer. "Over the past decade, we have identified and acted upon numerous opportunities to both broaden and deepen the impact of our portfolio. Our work in this area is predicated on the belief that employing sound environmental practices and supporting the communities where we work and live provides value to our customers, strengthens supplier relationships, enhances Sysco's culture and is in the best interest of our stakeholders."