About Our Supply Chain
Farmers, processors and distributors in more than 40 countries provide Sysco's food products including meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, dairy, vegetable and nut oils, fruit and vegetables, as well as nonfood items such as kitchen equipment and small wares, disposables and cleaning supplies. Our suppliers, in turn, rely on their own supply chains of farmers, cooperatives, processors and distributors.
We expect all Sysco suppliers to meet the high standards set out in our Supplier Code of Conduct, which covers human rights, health and safety and environmental standards.
Since 1999, all our suppliers of Sysco Brand fresh, ready-to-eat (RTE), produce have been required to comply with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), a voluntary program administered by the FDA that aims to continually improve food quality, safety and traceability. In July 2007 we extended our GAP requirements to include all fresh, ready-to-eat produce distributed through our operating companies, regardless of brand or label. In 2014, the Sysco GAP program was further enhanced to include Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) audits of all packing sheds, cooling facilities and repacking houses which supply fresh produce to our Operating Companies. The Sysco GAP/GMP program currently monitors 750 suppliers representing over 57,000 GAP audits and nearly 9,000 GMP audits. For more information, see Food Safety.
To ensure product quality, integrity and reliability, we demand that suppliers of Sysco Brand goods meet the highest standards of accountability with their social, agricultural and animal welfare practices. We require animal welfare and quality assurance audits and conduct follow-up audits to ensure improvement plans are implemented. We also require third-party assessments for suppliers in high-risk Latin American and Asian countries to identify potential risks relating to wages, working hours, discrimination, worker safety, living conditions and child and forced labor.
We partner with more than 500 minority- and women-owned suppliers who help us meet the demands of our customers, support our efforts to increase the variety of products we offer, and provide access to new and specialty products.
Sysco is a local member of the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council (HMSDC), a nonprofit organization that connects minority-owned businesses with major corporations committed to increasing their procurement from diverse suppliers. HMSDC programs also strengthen the capabilities of minority-owned businesses through scholarships and mentoring.
In FY2015, we spent $1.1 billion million with minority- and women-owned suppliers, compared to $957 million in FY2014.