Sysco Announces 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Report; Reaches Leadership Milestone
- by Chandler James
HOUSTON, TX - Great leadership comes with great responsibility, and Sysco knows this well. The company recently published its 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, reporting on its progress toward the 2025 CSR goals and demonstrating “Leadership In Extraordinary Times.” Sysco’s industry-leading CSR strategy sets a clear path for the future and demonstrates the company’s enduring commitment to caring for people, sourcing products responsibly, and protecting the planet.
“I am so proud of how Sysco associates have supported our communities—and each other—while also making significant progress toward our CSR goals. They have risen to the challenges that the pandemic has presented and shown the power of Sysco people working together,” said Neil Russell, Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “I am truly excited about the opportunities we have before us to become an even more responsible and sustainable organization—one that continues to exceed the expectations of our customers and stakeholders.”
According to a press release, the 2020 CSR Report details the progress made in the last year against Sysco’s 2025 goals along with plans for the future. The company also allocated the net proceeds of its FY20 inaugural Sustainability Bond issuance to projects in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, and waste reduction, among others.
Fiscal year 2020 highlights include:
- Donated 30 million meals globally and helped more than 900 community organizations address hunger and food insecurity during COVID-19
- Launched a global mental health and well-being campaign, encouraging associates to take a pledge to support mental health and sharing “10 Ways” to promote mental health
- Launched a global “Real Talk” initiative to promote safe, open, and ongoing dialogue about racial and social injustice
- Launched work to assess the company’s carbon footprint with the intention of revising its energy goals to align with science and be global in scope
- Improved energy efficiency by 16.6 percent since 2014 in U.S. and Canada operations and in FY20 identified nearly 290 emissions-reduction improvements at 19 facilities
- Installed two new solar arrays for a total of 10,880 MWh generated at eight sites
Complementing efforts in North America, Sysco’s operations in Europe and Latin America also made substantial contributions to support local communities and protect the environment. For example, Sweden’s Menigo Foodservice team phased out the use of black plastic from its own meat production in FY20; and Mayca associates prepared 50,000 meal kits for the Costa Rican National Emergency Committee.
In addition, Brakes partnered with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and another U.K. foodservice provider to deliver over five million food boxes to citizens identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. This program was described as the largest effort to feed the U.K.’s most vulnerable population since the Second World War.
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