OSI Group Achieves Milestones in Environmental And Other Practices

The OSI Group has made considerable progress in three areas important to company policy, but more importantly, to its role as a socially responsible corporation.

Improvement in three key areas were cited in a recent OSI report:

• The company donated more than 252,000 pounds of food to Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks. Also, OSI donated 55,000 pounds in the Philippines to help feed homeless children in that country.

• OSI sponsored numerous animal welfare initiatives, workshops and training sessions to raise awareness of this key issue across the company’s global organization and supplier networks. Humane treatment of animals is a core value of OSI, a company spokesperson said.

• OSI was granted ISO 14001 certification in Europe, one of the highest world standards that identifies excellent environmental management.

The ISO 14001 was developed by the European Union to assist companies with a framework for better management control with the goal of reducing negative environmental impacts. In addition to improvements in performance, organizations that achieve ISO 14001 status obtain economic benefits including higher conformance with government safety regulations.

OSI President David G. McDonald said making gains in these three key areas is important to build on OSI’s reputation as “a sustainable operation” that conducts its business “in a responsible manner.”

“We will continue to evolve our business practices … that enhance our employees’ lives, build our global communities, and sustain our environmental resources,” McDonald said.

There’s always more to be done. OSI officials say they are currently working on a goal to reduce energy and water intensity usage by 10 percent within three years. The company also wants to achieve a zero-waste-to-landfill status throughout its operations by year 2020.

Food safety, environmental impacts, animal welfare and eco-friendly methodologies are at the heart of the OSI corporate philosophy, a company official said.

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