HOUSTON, Sept. 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) has updated its online sustainability report, providing information on the company's economic, environmental and social responsibility performance. The report, titled "Delivering on Our Commitments," outlines Sysco's strategic approach to sustainability in its three focus areas of food, operations and community. Some notable highlights in the report include:
- Food - Our industry-leading Integrated Pest Management Program has expanded to include standards that help protect bee populations.
- Operations - Warehouse efficiency initiatives have generated energy savings of nearly 40 percent since the program's inception in 2006.
- Community - Purchases from minority- and women-owned suppliers more than doubled in the past eight years, increasing from $400 million to $925 million.
Other activities, such as Sysco's commitment to sustainable sourcing of wild-caught seafood species and internal recycling programs, are featured. Additionally, Sysco recently named Catherine Kayser to the newly created role of vice president-Corporate Social Responsibility, who will lead the further development of enterprise-wide socially responsible strategies.
"Employing sustainable business practices is foundational to the vision we have for Sysco – to be our customers' most valued and trusted business partner," said Bill DeLaney, Sysco's president and chief executive officer. "Over the past decade, we have identified and acted upon numerous opportunities to both broaden and deepen the impact of our portfolio. Our work in this area is predicated on the belief that employing sound environmental practices and supporting the communities where we work and live provides value to our customers, strengthens supplier relationships, enhances Sysco's culture and is in the best interest of our stakeholders."
Sysco's updated sustainability report is mobile-friendly and can be viewed here.
Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. The company operates 196 distribution facilities serving approximately 425,000 customers. For Fiscal Year 2015 that ended June 27, 2015, the company generated sales of more than $48 billion. For more information, visit www.sysco.com or connect with Sysco on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SyscoCorporation or Twitter at https://twitter.com/Sysco.
CONTACT: For more information: Charley Wilson Vice President, Corporate Communications T: 281-584-2423