Sustainability and sound environmental management are at the core of OSI Group operational philosophy. The food processing giant company based in Aurora, Illinois, has received world recognition and numerous awards for the strenuous efforts is has undertaken to reduce waste, save energy and conserve water.A classic example of an innovative way OSI is reducing negative environmental impacts is an initiative undertaken at the OSI Group facility in Blacktown, Australia.In 2014, the management at the Blacktown site approached its food packaging suppliers and challenged them with finding ways to reduce the amount of cardboard and plastic used in shipping OSI beef products.
An OSI expert ledership team came up with the idea to find a different board composition for cardboard boxes. The product still needed to be shipped safely and securely — but could it be done with lighter packaging?After a lot of testing an alternative material found and it was introduced into all levels of about OSI Group shipping.Plastics are another component of shipping containers. OSI Group officials worked with plastics supplier to find a different kind of polyliner — one that would reduce the film gauge of the plastic while maintaining the same strength. This was done.The results were amazing. The OSI Blackburn facility was able to reduce its cardboard packaging material by an incredible 63 metric tons!
Furthermore, a whopping 19 metric tons of plastic were prevented from entering landfills at the same time.Two more OSI business facilities in Queensland found a way to recycle waste plastic generated by those two plants. This was a considerable challenge in the case of plastics that are used as meatliners. There has never been a good way to recycle this kind of plastic. Plastics used for outer wrapping purposes have been recycled for years. But plastics that touch food directly are another matter.Nevertheless, persistence paid off and a business solution was found. The meat-liner plastics are now taken to a facility where they are washed, dried and shredded. The plastics can then be used to manufacture other non-food related products. Once again, the result is the reduction of waste by many tons.
There are few things more reliable than people’s love of coffee, especially with coffee shops on every corner and coffee pots brewing in every office across the globe. So many people rely on coffee to get them through their day that it is the second most consumed beverage in the world, right behind water. Dipping into this market, Bernardo Chua founded Organo Gold in 2008 along with Shane Morand as the company’s co-founder. While Chua has a strong marketing background, Morand specializes in Organo selling platform, which uses individual distributors as opposed to selling at in-store locations.
Operating as a marketing and networking coffee company, Organo Gold offers their distributors the opportunity to shape their own career.Organo Gold’s products are special as they operate under the direction of their Scientific Advisory Board, headed up by Dr. Irma Prado who supervises as the chief medical consultant. The Organo Gold difference is ganoderma, a popular and a healthy herb used in Asia and known for its variety of benefits in the body.
Taken from the powerful mushroom family, ganoderma is highly sought after for its immune system boosting power and antioxidants which help fight inflammation in the body. This centuries old herb is starting to gain notoriety in the western world, though Organo Gold has been using it in their products for nearly a decade. Not only does Organo offer coffee, but they sell a wide variety of products from tea to grapeseed oil to skincare. No matter what type of body improvement a client is looking for, Organo Gold caters to the whole individual.
Entrepreneurs such as Guilherme Paulus have significantly contributed to the growth of Brazil’s economy. He has also contributed to the growth of Brazil’s tourist sector through CVC, a tour company that operates internationally.
Through the help of Carlos Vicente Cerchiari, Paulus established CVC in 1972. Before delving into entrepreneurship, Paulus was employed at IBM as an intern. After tapping into his passion to become an entrepreneur, Paulus has diligently served as an executive at CVC. Under the tenure of Guilherme Paulus, CVC has grown into the largest tour company in Latin America.
Paulus and Carlos Vicente partnered in the 1970s to set up their first business entity in Sao Paulo. Their partnership did not last long. However, this did not interfere with Paulus’s vision to succeed as an entrepreneur. Later on, the Carlyle Group purchased a part of Paulus’s business in 2009. Four years down the line, CVC enlisted in the stock exchange and the company is now operating an annual revenue of $5.2 billion. The company’s revenue is set to grow in the years to come.
Paulus is also conversant with the importance of diversifying in the business world. He re-invests his profits by establishing over 100 stores annually in areas that are scarcely populated. Guilherme Paulus believes that people from well-populated regions will express an interest in the shops that are located in the areas that have a scarce population.
Guilherme Paulus also engages in charitable acts by sponsoring organizations such as PIET. PIET is a foundation that educates young people who are interested in working in the tourism sector later in their lives. The National Project of Professional Initiation of Tourism is also a beneficiary of the charitable acts of Paulus. He has also been funding the Dr. Klaide Care and Education Institutions for over ten years. The foundation uses the funds to provide education and medicine to the needy. As a household name in the international tourism sector, Paulus has also earned multiple awards from various institutions as well as foreign governments such as France. Paulus is providing travelers with the opportunity to tour the world at their convenience.
Vijay Eswaran is English educated at the London School of Economics. He graduated in 1984 before earning his MBA in 1986 at South Illinois University. After Vijay Eswaran graduated with his MBA, he worked in countries like Australia, Canada, many areas in Europe, and the United States. Eventually, the Malaysian native made the decision to return to Asia.
Upon resettling in Asia, Vijay Eswaran founded his company the QI Group. QI Group has been wildly successful and is one of the reasons why he is considered one of the top businessmen in the entire world. His company is now a conglomerate of e-commerce and sells a wide variety of different products. While Vijay Eswaran’s QI Group is based out of Hong Kong, it is now operating in countries around the world.
Not only is Vijay Eswaran an astute businessman, but he is also a writer and publisher. He has written world such as “In the Thinking Zone” and more. He even has an interest in photography in which he shared with the world in On the Wings of Thought. In all of his writing, he shares his philosophies on business with his readers.
Becoming a success was not always easy for Vijay Eswaran. It took an astounding degree of work, but he was motivated and inspired to make it in the business world. He knew what it was like to struggle and wasn’t a strange to blue collar positions. In his past, the founder of QI Group had worked at gas stations and a cab driver before becoming a systems engineer at IBM.
Vijay Eswaran loves what he does for a living and has a hard time looking at it as work. When e isn’t busy with QI Group, he can be found engaging in philanthropy efforts. He wants to share the truth of his life and success with others.