OSI Group is a company with high values both in business and in community activity, and they’ve been involved in charity work both in the US and around the world. OSI Group is proudly a part of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit group that gives financial aid to families all across the world who need healthcare for their children and cannot afford it, as well as college scholarship programs for high school graduates. OSI Group is also active in the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, a foundation working to keep youth out of gang violence and provide personal support services for veterans.
OSI Group is a provider of packaged meat and pre-cooked meal packages that consist of meat in the main entrees. They’ve been in business for over 100 years, starting out as just a small butcher shop in Chicago back in 1909. The man who owned that butcher shop, Otto Kolschowsky valued hard work and family and he and his sons built a reputation for excellent tasting meats and fine quality products. The butcher shop grew into a large company, one of the select few meat providers to the McDonalds Corporation when their fast food restaurants became a big phenomena in 1955. Since then OSI in its partnerships has grown into one of the largest meat distribution companies in the world.
OSI Group’s success in product sales has allowed them to purchase many meat processing centers over the years, some of which might have closed permanently had OSI Group not came in when they did. OSI Group adheres to strict safety guidelines on the production line both for its workers and to make sure the meat products are safe for consumers to eat. In fact, OSI Group was even the recipient of the Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards from the British Safety council for their adherence to employee and consumer safety practices.
OSI Group cares less about simply following the corporate ladder structure at the company as they do about treating employees and partners like family. Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group’s CEO has been happy about the culture his company embraces and has spoken about how many employees have stayed at OSI Group over the years because of its atmosphere. Even though OSI Group has purchased most of the controlling shares at the meat plants they’ve acquired, they don’t simply acquire a company and look to overturn the tables at that company. But rather they look to build relationships with that company’s current employees and offer more resources so they can reach more customers.