Iowa State University graduate, David Mcdonald has become the face of the very famous OSI group (global leading food-processing company) for aiding in advancing the industry’s progress. He was born and raised on a farm in Iowa and graduated in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. Driven by the motive to impact the Iowa State in terms of utilizing agriculture resources, David Mcdonald has set the bar high. Mcdonald generously invests time in the St. Michael Parish in Wheaton, and serves as chairman of the board of directors for the American Meat Institution. He also served as an Independent Director at Marfrig Global Foods S.A. He is involved in the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. In 2011 he arranged for students to visit OSI facilities in China which resulted in one of them being employed by the company.
David and his wife have 6 children and live in Warrenville. Two of his older children attend the Iowa State University, the university he seeks to honor his lifelong commitment to by benefiting students there.
McDonald has expressed vital support for Iowa State’s AGR by being one of the first ones to stand in support of. AGR is Alpha Gamma Rho, Mcdonald’s fraternity which he supports through scholarship funding.
David Mcdonald’s involvement with the OSI industries has been one of his biggest milestones. Upon graduating he joined the OSI and later having served as a Project Manager, he is now the President and Chief Operating Officer at OSI. The OSI group has seen success over the 20+ year performance in China, since it opened its first food processing operation in Beijing in 1992. The company supplied Olympics, held in Beijing, 113 tons of food, ranging from chicken, beef, pork, and eggs. They were zero complaints received and the company ever since supplies famous franchises including Starbucks, Papa John’s, Burger King, McDonald’s, and Subway.
David Mcdonald presents his plans for future sustainability through features in the following outline:
1. Social Responsibility
2. The Environment
3. Sustainable Supply Chain
These three key-areas are examples of the work pattern the OSI operates on. David Mcdonald also uses them to demonstrate the company’s goals and achievements and seeks to continue thriving according to these same principles.
Social Responsibility: The goal at OSI is to ensure the diverse workforce is provided environment to thrive, develop, and grow. OSI seeks to achieve this goal based on three principles:
1. Via OSI’s commitment to protect and ensure the health and safety of all employees, colleagues, customers and suppliers. This accomplishment is reflected in the many awards received by the company for their health and safety record.
2. Employees are provided opportunities to exhibit potential and this is done because the company is committed to their employees’ career growth and development in all levels.
3. OSI encourages their employees to engage positively with society by partaking in charitable events and activities. OSI views its role as a community leader and seeks to establish and uphold positivism in their locations.
The Environment: Having reduced energy and water usage by 10% by the year 2012, OSI seeks to lower energy and water consumption in specific zones by the year 2020. Each plant is given a target to accomplish and is monitored by the Global Sustainability Council. OSI continues to impact the variables they can control, i.e., waste management systems, wastewater emissions, resource consumption, energy use and air emissions and have future targets to further improve itself in these areas through highly skilled techniques mentioned in their Sustainability report.
Sustainable Supply Chain: The OSI continuously works to improve supply chain standards, quality, food safety and sustainable practices. OSI industries function according to three principles in this area:
1. OSI believes in independent quality standards as they are essential to ensure quality, food safety and the company’s sustainability.
2. OSI is concerned about animal welfare programs and enforces practices in line with animal welfare within their facilities and those of their suppliers. The company strives for continuous improvements. It also raises awareness on this issue.
3. The company commits itself to traceability and transparency in order to boost customer confidence in their service. The company has set high standards for both their internal sources and those of their suppliers, partners/collaborators.