HOUSTON, March 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY), the leading global foodservice distribution company, today announced the Company’s inaugural observance of International Women’s Day across its global organization.

“Our celebration of International Women’s Day demonstrates our commitment to inclusiveness, one of Sysco’s core values, and a workplace where all associates are empowered to contribute to our company and to achieving our business goals,” said Tom Bené, Sysco’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “It also reinforces our pledge to increase total U.S. associate ethnic and gender diversity to 62 percent, one of our 2025 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals.”

As part of the Company’s global celebration, Sysco invited prominent women leaders from across the organization, as well as from multiple customers and suppliers, to participate in a special panel discussion at the Company’s headquarters in Houston on Tuesday, March 5.

Focused on the 2019 International Women’s Day theme of #BalanceforBetter, panelists discussed how they promote gender equality within their teams, balance work and home life, and their experiences as women leaders in the foodservice industry.

Sysco associates from around the world also shared their thoughts on International Women’s Day and what it means to #BalanceforBetter at Sysco in a video compiled in recognition of the day.

“We are very pleased to launch our inaugural celebration of International Women’s Day,” said Paul Moskowitz, Sysco's executive vice president of human resources. “As our associates around the globe participate in these activities, we are truly activating the power of our people and putting our values into action across our company.”

For more information on Sysco’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit Sysco's Diversity and Inclusion page on Sysco.com. For more information on Sysco’s 2025 Responsibility Goals, visit www.Sysco.com/2025Goals.

About Sysco

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 over 65,000 associates, the company operates approximately 300 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 500,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2017 that ended July 1, 2017, the company generated sales of more than $55 billion.

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About International Women’s Day

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women's equality.

Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.​

For more information, contact:

Camilla Zuckero
Media and Investor Relations Contact
Zuckero.camilla@corp.sysco.com
T 281-899-1839