With technology growing and improving at exponential rates around the world, it’s time to start focusing on sustainability. That’s what entrepreneur Jack Landsmanas’ company Corporativo Kosmos is focusing on now: adopting and further developing sustainable practices.
As the leader of Mexico’s largest foodservice provider, Jack Landsmanas takes the initiative to invest in new technologies and innovations within the food industry, with the intent to give back.
The History of Corporativo Kosmos
Corporativo Kosmos was founded in 1959 by Don Pablo Landsmanas, Jack Landsmanas’ grandfather who strove to make a difference in his community. Before it became the powerhouse it is today, Pablo Landsmanas’ business began as a small butcher shop called La Modelo. With the passion and drive to create an impact on the world around him, Pablo created a company culture focused on serving others first, which organically grew into the ethical corporation it is today.
Now, under Jack Landsmanas’ leadership, the companies and organizations that comprise Corporativo Kosmos move tons of food every day, proudly serving and feeding communities across Mexico – honoring his grandfather’s legacy.
Sustainability in the Food Industry
Sustainability is all about looking at the big picture, making headway now to benefit the goals of tomorrow and on. This concept comes with placing value on optimization, reducing waste, and satisfying the needs of consumers today and future generations.
Jack Landsmanas believes that sustainable businesses are key to success in the future, but they’re also essential for supporting domestic and international economies, the earth, and up leveling the quality of life worldwide. He says, “We’ve launched a few sustainability projects with Corporativo Kosmos, but I think sustainability-focused ventures are the next big thing. If we can build a better battery, better solar panels, or more efficient water conservation solutions, we can save so many lives around the world. Life would be so much better for everyone. And the demand is there, too.”
The development of biotechnology is the first step to achieving sustainability: starting in the fields, all the way to the kitchen table. Starting with crop growth, biotechnology specializes in researching improvements for the quality of crops, reducing contamination, and preventing loss of crops from pest infestation.
This is where Jack Landsmanas takes sustainability a step further. Under his leadership, Corporativo Kosmos created a Sustainability Platform and established specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the company per The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States’ long-term goals.
Sustainable Development Goals
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States established an agenda to work toward sustainable development by 2030, which includes a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals:
- Ending poverty worldwide
- Ending hunger and malnutrition
- Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all
- Ensuring inclusive and quality life-long education and learning
- Achieving gender equality, specifically through the empowerment of all women and girls
- Ensuring the availability of quality water and adequate sanitation
- Ensuring access to clean energy for all
- Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth and employment
- Promoting sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation
- Reducing inequality within and among countries
- Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
- Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Taking urgent action to combat climate change
- Conserving oceans, seas, and marine life and resources
- Sustainably managing forests and combating biodiversity loss
- Promoting peaceful societies, and preventing conflict and distress migration
- Revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development
Essentially, Jack Landsmanas’s mission with Corporativo Kosmos boils these goals down to 3 main focus areas:
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States approximates that only 40% of produced food is consumed by humans and animals; the rest becomes waste. 30% of crops are rendered inedible due to pests and plant diseases, and consumers waste an additional 30% of food once it’s in their possession. With the proper use of biotechnology and utilizing ethical suppliers, less food will be wasted worldwide.
The next step toward achieving food security worldwide is promoting responsible production and consumption by establishing a circular economy. In a circular economy, resources are used for as long as possible, with every ounce of value extracted from the products while in use. From there, the leftovers are recovered and regenerated for as long as possible. Practically speaking, this means replacing plastic packaging with recyclable or biodegradable materials and investing in renewable energy sources.
Water is a highly valuable and non-negotiable resource within the food industry. It’s used in every step in production and distribution. From growing food on farms, washing fresh produce, cooking, and sanitizing, clean water is an absolute necessity.
Jack Landsmanas specifically incorporates water-saving strategies such as the closed-loop system and vacuum evaporation.
Combating Climate Change
All resources ultimately come from the earth. With weather patterns becoming more extreme due to human-induced climate change, caring for the earth is more important now than ever before.
This is where Jack Landsmanas’ Sustainability Platform comes in. In addition to reducing waste, recycling where possible, and incorporating water-saving strategies, Corporativo Kosmos takes a more personal approach. Within Corporativo Kosmos is The Pablo Landsmanas Foundation, which promotes the protection of the environment and promoting economic development in Mexico as a result.
In essence, Jack Landsmanas, Corporativo Kosmos, and The Pablo Landsmanas Foundation are all working a sustainable future for you, for them, for Mexico.