OSI Group, whose history spans over a century, has made efforts to innovate their food production operations, moving towards more efficient sustainability and lessening their impact on the environment while remaining consumer-friendly. The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Sheldon Lavin states that OSI’s business conduct and overall vision is guided by the core values of sustainability; McDonald’s, a long time patron and partner of the company, has expressed their support of OSI’s vision through their own green initiatives such as helping launch the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef whose mission is to efficiently manage their consumption of natural resources, taking into account the welfare of livestock, and minimizing waste.
With the support of Sheldon Lavin and other OSI executives, Nicole Johnson-Hoffman recently earned the title of president of the GRSB; before this, she was the vice president of GSRB and also OSI’s senior vp. She stated that sustainability doesn’t come from one solution or from one program, that it is essentially a progressive movement where different efforts come together to coalesce, to collaborate and move forward for the better. According to Nicole the need for sustainability will grow. She invited those who were dedicated to the cause of sustainable beef to join GSRB because sustainable beef will always be a work in progress. Our planet and the people on it, as well as the animals, are the priority.
For their efforts and dedication, OSI individuals have been honored on many occasions. Sheldon Lavin received the Edward C. Jones Community Service Award from the North American Meat Institute in 2016 for his dedicated participation in charities, both local (in Chicago’s metropolitan area) and internationally. In the same year, India’s Vision World Academy awarded Sheldon Lavin with the Golden Visionary Award for leading OSI’s transition from a regional meat supplier to a global food production company. The company currently employs 20,000 people as of 2016 and their plants operate out of Chicago in several locations, as well as Iowa, Wisconsin, Utah and California. They currently have operations in over 17 countries located in North America, in Europe and in Asia, most notably China.