People

Corporate Social Responsibility

People

At US Foods®, we strive to make a positive difference in the lives of our associates and in the communities we serve.

volunteer packing food to be donated
In September 2019, hundreds of US Foods associates participated in our third annual Feeding America Hunger Action Month campaign, packing and sorting more than 115,000 meals at local food banks and donating thousands of food items to fight hunger in their communities.

IN OUR WORKPLACE

Our success relies upon a diverse and dynamic workplace where associates can grow and thrive.

DEVELOPING OUR Associates

Through training, mentoring and on-the-job development, we help our associates learn and grow. Our signature development programs include Gateway to Leadership for new people managers, and Aspire to Lead and Aspire to Grow for high-potential leaders.

  • 100% of associates provided with annual Code of Conduct training
  • 620+ managers enrolled in Gateway to Leadership in 2019

EMBRACING INCLUSION

Our Code of Conduct guides our decisions and behaviors in the workplace. In 2019, our annual Code of Conduct training included a module on building a respectful workplace. In addition, we conducted live, interactive Respectful Workplace Training with more than 2,800 sales associates in order to promote respectful communication and foster an inclusive environment.  

We also began the rollout of company-sponsored Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to strengthen networking among colleagues, further personal and professional development, and promote diversity and inclusion. Today, we have eight ERGs in select markets, with plans for future expansion. They include:

  • Administrative Professionals Organization  
  • Black Resource Utilization Hub
  • Collective Asian Network 
  • Hispanic and Latino ERG
  • Pride Alliance
  • Those Who Serve – Military ERG
  • Women in Network
  • Young Professionals ERG

Lastly, we’re proud to be a long-standing supporter of the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), which aims to accelerate the advancement of women leaders. We are a regular sponsor of the WFF, contributing annually to the success of this initiative.

WOMEN’S FOODSERVICE FORUM (WFF)

  • 700+ US Foods women have participated since 2010
  • Angie Coderre, US Foods Manager of Business Analytics, was recognized with the 2019 30 Under 30 Change Makers Award by the WFF

At US Foods, we help our customers make it every day, and our associates help make that possible. Learn more about our commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace here.

DRIVING SAFELY

US Foods employs rigorous safety practices for our nearly 6,500 drivers, including a partnership with SambaSafety® that monitors our driving records more frequently than is required by the U.S. Department of Transportation. We also employ the Lytx DriveCam® safety program to identify coachable behaviors to enhance our safety culture.

In 2019, we launched the Get Home Safe campaign, committed to driving an enhanced safety culture and deeper associate engagement.

International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Truck Driver Hall of Fame

In 2019, eight US Foods drivers were named to the class of the IFDA Truck Driver Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame inductees are honored for their exceptional safety records, including 25 years or more without an accident and the longevity of their service.

IN OUR COMMUNITIES

We are privileged to be able to give back to the communities in which we live and work – empowering people with both nourishment and opportunity. Our philanthropy and associate volunteerism efforts focus on hunger relief and culinary education for underserved students.

DONATING AND VOLUNTEERING

More than 40 million Americans struggle with hunger, according to Feeding America®. That’s why, as a Feeding America Leadership Partner, US Foods supports food banks and other related nonprofits through product and financial contributions. Since 2007, US Foods has donated 100M+ pounds of food, and our associates also generously volunteer their time at food banks and other organizations. In September 2019, hundreds of US Foods associates participated in our third annual Feeding America Hunger Action Month campaign, packing and sorting more than 115,000 meals at local food banks and donating thousands of food items to fight hunger in their communities.

  • 20M+ total pounds of food donated since January 2018
  • ~17M total meals donated since January 2018
  • 50+ food banks supported since January 2018

TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CULINARIANS: US FOODS SCHOLARS

Launched in 2017, our US Foods Scholars program addresses two pressing needs: providing economic opportunity to underserved students, and helping tackle the talent shortage facing the foodservice industry. The program provides individual awards of up to $20,000 in financial support and professional development to outstanding students seeking to achieve their dreams in the culinary arts. Learn more about these future culinary professionals here.

  • 30 US Foods Scholars named to date
  • $600K in scholarship funding offered to date

SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

We strive to source our products from a competitive, diverse supplier base to reflect the customers and communities we serve.

  • $389M spent in 2018 with woman- or minority-owned businesses*
  • ~460 woman- or minority-owned supplier partnerships in 2018*

*Diversity figures include trade and indirect spend with Tier I suppliers.

Please note that information contained herein does not include data from SGA’s Food Group of Companies, which US Foods acquired in September 2019.