The famous phrase, “think globally, act locally” became popular in the 1960s, and now in 2017 one of America’s largest privately-owned industries is giving the adage new meaning.
The Aurora, Illinois-based OSI Group established major presence around the world in recent decades. With more than 50 facilities in 17 countries, OSI has learned that success in the far corners of the planet means “acting locally,” – that is, working in a way that leverages he strengths of local culture while also getting to know local tastes for food.
OSI Group ranked by Forbes at #58 on its list of largest privately-help companies in the U.S. with annual revenues of just over $6 billion. This makes OSI among the largest food and meat processing operations in the world.
OSI Group’s primary business has long been meat processing, supplying household brand names, such as McDonald’s, with beef for their burgers. When you enjoy a Big Mac chances are those “two all-beef patties” came from an OSI Group facility nearby. OSI also serves a long list of other major brand-name food products – including makers of frozen pizza, sausages, sandwiches, frozen dinners and much more.
As OSI expanded to other countries, company management quickly learned that success overseas was contingent upon a deep understanding of local laws, customs, tastes and even traditions. Supplying foods geared to the local tastes of foreign consumers is only one part of the equation. For example, OSI also employs the citizens of those host countries – which means being sensitive to the customs and cultures of international workforce.
Another central aspect of OSI Group’s local-country-oriented policy is operating plants that are environmentally sensitive. Whether working in China, Poland or India, OSI management is driven to implement and achieve the highest standards of local sustainability business practices.
That entails getting power from alternative energy sources, using energy-stingy refrigeration systems and things like installing faucets designed to use the smallest amount of water possible. OSI facilities also source materials locally as much as possible in each country, and implement employee policies that help each worker function as efficiently as possible.