HELPING COMMUNITIES MAKE IT
At US Foods®, we believe in the power of food to give people a chance at a better future. As one of the largest food distributors in the United States, we’re privileged to be able to give back to the communities in which we live and work – empowering people with both nourishment and opportunity. US Foods is committed to:
To help ensure populations in need have access to safe and nutritious food, we support food banks and other nonprofits through product and financial contributions. As a Feeding America Mission Partner, US Foods has donated more than 79 million pounds of food since 2013. Our employees also donate their time and talent to volunteer at local food banks and other food-related causes across the country.
CULINARY EDUCATION FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUTH
We proudly support programs that prepare underprivileged and at-risk youth for culinary careers. In August 2017, we launched our US Foods® Scholars program in Chicago through a partnership with Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). The program awards financial support and professional development opportunities to outstanding students who plan to pursue an education in the culinary arts and enter the restaurant industry.
Safeguarding the Environment
US Foods has long recognized the importance of reducing environmental impact by increasing the energy efficiency of its operations. Focusing on efficiency improves every aspect of our business and helps the communities of which we are part.
We are constantly reviewing ways to decrease energy usage, increase individual facility energy efficiency and create a comprehensive, consistent energy program throughout our facilities across the nation.
Our initiatives include these:
- Performing energy tune-ups to optimize refrigeration system operation.
- Incorporating new lighting, such as LEDs with occupancy sensors, in our facilities.
- Constructing new (or major retrofit of) buildings that incorporate the latest measures to reduce outside air infiltration, such as vertical store dock plates or fast acting insulated doors between temperature zones within the facility.
- Using Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) on condensers and evaporators. These systems provide the ability to run motors at variable speeds to better match cooling loads, which reduces energy use.
Sustainable Foods & Supplies
At US Foods, we value the opportunity to make a positive impact in the food industry and our communities through the innovative products we offer our customers. We aspire to become leaders in sustainable sourcing, equipping restaurant operators with products that are responsibly sourced or contribute to waste reduction.
Supplier Code of Conduct
Our commitment to high sourcing standards begins with our Supplier Code of Conduct, which sets forth the principles that we expect all of our suppliers to meet. This Code covers critical topics such as legal compliance, food safety, human rights, physical safety, and the environment. We ask that suppliers train their employees to understand and comply with these standards.
The cornerstone of our commitment to offering sustainable products is our Serve Good™ program, which features products that are responsibly sourced or contribute to waste reduction. These products are developed in partnership with manufacturers who share our commitment to Serve Good™ program standards and, where applicable, come with verification by third-party certifiers.
Since launching the program in 2016, we’ve continued to grow our Serve Good™ portfolio to more than 300 food and non-food products providing restaurant operators with a wide array of products to meet the growing demand for sustainable menu items. Products like our Rykoff Sexton Non-GMO Canola Oil, compostable Monogram All-Purpose Flax Towels made 100% from sustainable plant-based material and Marine Stewardship Council certified Beer Battered Alaska Cod are just a few examples of how we’re helping customers bring innovative, sustainable solutions to their restaurant operations.
In 2017, US Foods was announced as the winner of KKR’s Eco-Innovation Award for our Serve Good™ program. Launched in 2016, KKR's Eco-Innovation Award recognizes an innovative project by one of KKR's global portfolio companies that is driving meaningful business and environmental benefits.
As the global demand for seafood continues to grow, we believe we can play an important role in supporting the long-term health of fisheries and aquaculture through the distribution of responsibly sourced seafood.
We utilize third-party certifiers such as the Marine Stewardship Council and Best Aquaculture Practices to bring our customers responsibly sourced seafood products within our Serve Good™ portfolio. In 2015, US Foods was the first nationwide foodservice distributor in the United States to earn the Marine Stewardship Council Chain of Custody certification, a certification that requires, among other things, the implementation of extensive traceability procedures within our distribution centers.
Because ongoing dialogue is critical to supporting sustainable seafood practices, we actively participate and partner with groups such as the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, National Fisheries Institute’s Better Seafood Board, and the Global Aquaculture Alliance and The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative.
We are proud of our efforts around sourcing sustainable seafood and are committed to continually reviewing and implementing best practices across our seafood supply chain.
Given the potential environmental and social risks associated with palm oil production, we began working with our suppliers in 2017 to transition the palm and palm kernel oil used in US Foods Exclusive Brand products to responsibly sourced palm oil. Our palm oil policy lays out our commitment to source 100% of the palm or palm kernel oil used in US Foods Exclusive Brand products through certified sustainable sources such as RSPO Mass Balance, Identity Preserved or Segregated Supply Chain or equivalent standard by December 31, 2019. If a physical supply is unavailable, RSPO Credits will be required to cover that material to support the production of CSPO.
Cage Free Eggs
US Foods is committed to providing restaurant operators with products that are responsibly sourced. In conjunction with our Serve Good program, in June 2016 we became one of the first broad line distributors to introduce a nationally available Cage Free Pasteurized Liquid Whole Egg product under a private label brand. This product, which is American Humane Certified by the American Humane Association, combines the safety of pasteurization with the humane treatment of hens raised in a cage-free environment.
In July 2016, we began informing all of our key egg suppliers of our goal to source only cage-free eggs by 2026. We will collaborate with our suppliers throughout this process to assess availability, affordability and customer demand.