Sysco Corporation (2015 – Present)

Sysco Corporation (“Sysco”) is the North American leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products, equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries.

Trian was attracted to Sysco due to the company’s stable growth, scale relative to peers, well-established and trusted brand, and high cash flow generation. Trian believed there was a meaningful opportunity at Sysco to improve operating margins, enhance working capital efficiency, implement a more efficient capital structure and better align compensation with corporate objectives and company performance.

On August 14, 2015, Trian announced its investment in Sysco. On August 20, 2015, Trian partners Nelson Peltz and Josh Frank joined Sysco’s Board of Directors.

On July 17, 2017, Sysco announced that Tom Bene would become CEO effective January 1, 2018, and will also join Sysco’s Board.

Trian looks forward to continuing to help make Sysco a more efficient and forward-looking food service distributor in the United States.

Sector: Consumer

Fun Fact: Sysco delivers over 1.3 billion cases of food and related products per year – more than 40 cases per second – to its customers, including restaurants, healthcare providers, educational facilities, lodging establishments and other foodservice customers

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ESG Highlights:

  • Favorable ISS Governance ScoreReceived a 3 on ISS’s QualityScore metric (as of May 15, 2019), the third-highest possible score (out of 10)
  • Board Refreshment PlanSince Trian’s investment, Sysco has elected 8 new directors (out of 12), established a 15-year limit on director tenure, and announced a “360 degree” performance review process for individual directors that will take place every three years and will solicit feedback from management and other directors
  • Food SafetyIn FY2018, Sysco’s Quality Assurance team completed on-site audits and plant or field inspections at more than 380 locations to monitor food safety and quality programs
  • Environmentally Responsible Products: In October 2018, Sysco launched Sysco Earth Plus®, a planet-friendly initiative aimed at utilizing caterware made from sustainable materials
  • Low Emission Vehicles In December 2017, Sysco placed a reservation for 50 Tesla fully-electric Semi tractors (to begin production in 2019) that will have up to 500 miles of range on a single charge
  • Solar PowerIn June 2018, Sysco announced a ten-year agreement with NRG Energy. Under this arrangement, NRG Energy will construct three solar gardens in Houston and Dallas that will support approximately 10% of Sysco’s U.S. operations and collectively will reduce emissions by 37,000 tons of CO2 annually
  • Food Waste ReductionIn 2016, FreshPoint (a Sysco company) launched its Unusual But Usable (UBU) program that finds customers interested in utilizing “imperfect” produce that might otherwise go to waste
  • Sustainable Supply Chain: In 2009 Sysco partnered with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to assess the company’s seafood supply chain, and in 2016 reinforced its commitment to improve the sustainability of its seafood procurement practices and standards
  • Diversity: Spent $750 million with nearly 500 minority- and women- owned suppliers in FY2018 with a goal to increase spend 25% by 2025

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