Sysco Launches Inaugural Gem Award to Recognize Sysco Champions of Gender Diversity

Sysco Corporation, the leading global foodservice distribution company, today announced the Company’s second annual observance of International Women’s Day (IWD) across its global organization.

“Sysco is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day as part of our commitment to inclusiveness, one of Sysco’s values,” said Kevin Hourican, Sysco’s president and chief executive officer. “We are committed to driving inclusion and diversity within our organization, and fostering a culture where all associates are empowered to perform at their best and contribute to our business objectives.”

A cross-functional steering committee of women leaders and over 60 volunteers from across the organization led the company’s efforts to encourage Sysco’s associates, customers and suppliers to challenge stereotypes, fight biases and broaden perceptions in their workplaces and the broader foodservice industry.

As part of the Company’s global celebration, Sysco invited prominent women leaders from within their organization, as well as from customer and supplier organizations, to participate in a special panel discussion at the Company’s headquarters in Houston on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Panelists shared their thoughts on the 2020 International Women’s Day theme of #EachforEqual and discussed how each person can promote gender equity by working within their own sphere of influence to affect change.

In addition, Sysco launched its new Gender Equity Momentum (GEM) Award as part of the company’s observance of International Women’s Day.

“The GEM Award is sponsored by our local Associate Resource Groups and recognizes associates who are making strides to remove gender barriers, champion gender equality and cultivate an inclusive culture,” said Paul Moskowitz, executive vice president, human resources. “Sysco recognizes the importance of this special day and acknowledges the role that each person plays in creating a more gender equal world.”

For more information on Sysco’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit Sysco’s Diversity and Inclusion page on

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