Sustainability

Green things come from Sysco.

One of Sysco’s guiding value statements is “We do what is right to serve our customers, associates, investors, and society. ”That means doing the right thing for our environment as well, like advocating low-impact farming methods, using hybrid diesel delivery trucks and offering biodegradable takeout containers.
That also means partnering with the EPA, USDA and World Wildlife Fund to promote more sustainable practices across our entire supply chain.

When it comes to sustainability, Sysco is committed to creating positive change in our industry, our company and in the communities we serve. We base our programs on sound science and meaningful metrics, and we are committed to transparently communicating our results as we work toward reducing the environmental impact of doing business.

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Customers

We understand that our customers can help address the overall environmental impact of doing business in today’s world. That’s why we work closely with restaurant owners, schools and other customers to share what we’ve learned and to help them meet their sustainability goals.

Supplies

All suppliers must abide by Sysco’s Supplier Code of Conduct. Sysco Brand suppliers must also adhere to our Good Agricultural Practices Program to help us set new standards and share what we’ve learned. We encourage and empower all of our suppliers, farmers, ranchers and food processors to operate in more sustainable ways.

Operations

Sysco continues to make significant efforts to reduce the overall carbon footprint of doing business. We are improving our operations and distribution processes by incorporating the latest in renewable technologies — from hybrid/electric and
LNG-powered delivery vehicles to energy efficient warehouses employing hydrogen- powered pallet trucks and forklifts.

Innovations

Sysco is constantly evaluating and adopting new methods for reducing environmental impact. Our green initiatives and innovations include:

  • On-site hydrogen generation plants for warehouse vehicles
  • Improved inventory and delivery routing to save fuel and curb emissions
  • Delivery driver training courses to improve fuel economy practices
  • Reducing kilowatt usage by 19 percent across the entire company
  • Monitoring resource usage at every level to reduce our overall carbon footprint