Corporate Social Responsibility

People. Products. Planet.

From local to global, we make a difference.

People

We are committed to the well-being of the communities we serve. Our work is tailored to benefit not only our customers, but also their patrons, associates, and suppliers.

Products

We adopt the industry’s best practices to supply food and other products that meet high standards of safety, quality, traceability, environmental stewardship, and economic sustainability.

Planet

We use proven technologies to continuously improve resource efficiency across our distribution system of warehouses, refrigeration, and transportation.

Our Stories

Hurricane Relief

In response to Hurricane Harvey, we donated more than $1 million to relief efforts in Houston and the Gulf Coast, including $500,000 to the American Red Cross. The Foundation was launched to provide funds directly to support associates who incur significant financial and personal hardships as a result of natural disasters. Sysco matched each donation our associates and business partners made to this foundation, dollar for dollar. The response was overwhelming. More than 600 people have donated and over $350,000 has been raised. These funds will be matched by Sysco for a total of over $700,000.

Supplier Diversity

Minority consumers are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. This demographic has a significant impact on evolving business practices in our industry. As foodservice businesses strive to connect with diverse consumers, ethnic cuisine is becoming more popular in America, with 80% of consumers eating at least one meal with ethnic flavors per month. As our customers’ menus change to keep pace with this growing demand, Sysco continues to develop our supplier diversity program to meet their needs. We partner with over 500 minority- and women-owned suppliers, who support our efforts to offer a wide variety of products by providing access to the new and specialty products. that our customers’ patrons crave. In FY2016, we spent $1.1 billion with minority- and women-owned suppliers, compared to $1 billion in FY2015.

Supplier Diversity

Minority consumers are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. This demographic has a significant impact on evolving business practices in our industry. As foodservice businesses strive to connect with diverse consumers, ethnic cuisine is becoming more popular in America, with 80% of consumers eating at least one meal with ethnic flavors per month. As our customers’ menus change to keep pace with this growing demand, Sysco continues to develop our supplier diversity program to meet their needs. We partner with over 500 minority- and women-owned suppliers, who support our efforts to offer a wide variety of products by providing access to the new and specialty products. that our customers’ patrons crave. In FY2016, we spent $1.1 billion with minority- and women-owned suppliers, compared to $1 billion in FY2015.

Healthy Eating Options

Sysco is an industry leader in the effort to ensure kids have healthy eating options. We have been the National Restaurant Association's (NRA) endorsed distribution partner since 2013, offering the only proprietary turnkey program for operators supporting the Kids LiveWell℠ program. This industry-wide initiative, launched by the NRA, provides parents with a growing selection of healthful children's menu choices. Through Kids LiveWell℠, Sysco creates innovative recipes to offer to independent restaurant operators nationwide. Currently, the program includes more than 135 restaurant brands representing more than 40,000 locations.

Energy Management Program

In 2006, we launched an Energy Management (EM) program focused on optimizing electrical energy usage at the Sysco Broadline, SYGMA, and redistribution facilities. This program aims to improve energy efficiency primarily by identifying and implementing more efficient processes and equipment upgrades. At the end of FY2016, 108 facilities were included in the program, representing approximately 85% of our warehouse footprint. Our EMP initiatives have generated cumulative energy savings of 42% since our baseline year of 2006, achieving more than $200 million in total avoided energy costs.

Energy Management Program

In 2006, we launched an Energy Management (EM) program focused on optimizing electrical energy usage at the Sysco Broadline, SYGMA, and redistribution facilities. This program aims to improve energy efficiency primarily by identifying and implementing more efficient processes and equipment upgrades. At the end of FY2016, 108 facilities were included in the program, representing approximately 85% of our warehouse footprint. Our EMP initiatives have generated cumulative energy savings of 42% since our baseline year of 2006, achieving more than $200 million in total avoided energy costs.

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