OSI Group’s Increased Efforts in Sustainability

OSI Group is a holding company for the largest foods processor in the world, worth revenues of 6.1 billion dollars and located in 17 countries globally. Their European operations, owned by Baho group, control five different companies which operate in 18 European countries. In Asia, OSI Asia and OSI China control their operations in the Philippines, Taiwan, China and beyond. OSI Group is headed by CEO Sheldon Lavin, COO David McDonald, and CSO Nicole Johnson-Hoffman. Sheldon Lavin was brought on board in 1975 when a young Otto and Sons was in need of a leader who was comfortable with international business; he helped change the name to OSI from Otto and Sons. David McDonald comes to the table with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences and a passion for growing food in Northern Iowa his whole life. And Nicole Johnson-Hoffman is the Chief Sustainability Officer who has recently joined the OSI Group team under the leadership of Mr. McDonald.

Thanks to Johnson-Hoffman’s contributions, OSI Group has made great efforts and won awards related to environmental sustainability. In the United Kingdom, OSI Group won the 2013, 2015, and 2016 awards for sustainability via the Globe of Honour. In the U.S., OSI Riverside won the California Green Business certificate. There have been major improvements in water usage patterns and recycling efforts, there has been an increase in training for Animal Welfare officers in the treatment of poultry and pork, and there has also been a concerted effort to replant trees for forest conservation efforts.

On top of all of this the CEO of OSI, Sheldon Lavin, is a very large philanthropist in his local community of Chicago. He donates greatly to various organizations and is on the Board of Trustees for the Ronald McDonald House. The Jewish United Fund, the United Negro College fund, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Goodman Theatre have all benefited from Mr. Lavin’s philanthropy.