Sysco Corporation, a leading global foodservice distribution company, announced that it will hold its first Supplier Diversity Summit on May 25. As the premiere foodservice industry partner, Sysco’s senior leadership team will provide updates on the company’s business and DEI strategy, as well as insight into programs such as its new mentorship program that assist diverse suppliers in how to do business with Sysco. The virtual summit will also feature a special recognition event for Sysco’s top diverse supplier partners.
In addition, Sysco will hold virtual match-making sessions with both direct and indirect suppliers. These interactive sessions will help the company identify and engage suppliers that provide products and services to the foodservice industry and are at least 51% owned, operated and managed by people who are LGBTQ+, military veterans, minorities, women or have a disability.
“As a purpose-driven company with a commitment to inclusiveness as a core value, Sysco is focused on building strong partnerships with certified diverse suppliers,” said Brian Todd, senior vice president of merchandising and partnership growth management. “We’re excited to host our first Supplier Diversity Summit which will help us to further embed supplier diversity practices in how we do business, help diverse-owned businesses thrive and grow, and increase our innovative product offerings.”
Sysco is partnering with ECRM and RangeMe, the industry standard online product sourcing platform, to manage all product submissions by qualifying and connecting foodservice suppliers with the appropriate Sysco business resources.
All foodservice and indirect suppliers are welcome to attend the virtual Sysco Supplier Diversity Summit. Those that are interested in attending should register no later than May 13.
Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. With more than 58,000 associates, the company operates 343 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 650,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2021 that ended July 3, 2021, the company generated sales of more than $51 billion.