posts made in August 2013

“Social Heroes” from Germany – How students won global acclaim for groundbreaking CSR work

social-heroes-combined.jpg The idea arose in 2004 after a party we had thrown. And unlike so many other ideas that are born after a party (or during it), this one actually became reality. It all started when one of us raised the question of why we actually return empty bottles to the supermarket. To get a refund for the deposit (in Germany the deposit system is quite big) or just to get rid of some unwanted waste? For us, the answer was the latter and that’s how the idea of donating deposit slips was born.

We took immediate action, designed a box and tested the idea in Berlin where customers could donate their deposit slips in local supermarkets. The test worked well and it soon became our first project with multiple partners. In Berlin, the charity “Berliner Tafel” alone uses 100 of our boxes for its fundraising and raises €100,000 a year that way.

The Future of the Supply Chain

GDC-Images002-sq.jpg For most of history, the supply chain that links the world together today would have been unimaginable. The road to market is now a superhighway. It is a 24/7 operation. Global trade does not sleep. In fact, it never even pauses for a nap. Wheels on the ground, wings in the sky, keels in the water connect a largely borderless world economy.

At the same time, supercharged as the global superhighway may already be, no one in the shipping industry doubts that faster, cheaper, safer, simpler remain the fundamental currency of success for anyone in the shipping business. The world’s insomniac global companies demand, and deserve, nothing less.

That might suggest that the supply chain of the future will need to look quite different...

Generation Global: Today’s teenagers, tomorrow’s entrepreneurs?

junioracheivement.jpg Forget Gen Y or Gen Z. There’s now only Generation Global.

This week, 54 of Asia’s best and brightest students landed in Hong Kong for the 7th FedEx Express Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge here in Asia.

Yet while these students, from nine different countries across Asia, might be far from home, what stands out for me is that the concept of “home” is not what it used to be.

Using Maps for More than Just Shipping

ngo-aid-map.png Walking around Port-au-Prince, Haiti in the months after the 2010 earthquake, I was confronted with a major challenge. How could InterAction, as the largest coalition of over 180 U.S. humanitarian and international development non-profits, actually help coordinate the massive engagement of our member NGOs?

With support from FedEx, we have been able to do just that while creating a platform to highlight our members’ work and engage with interested U.S. businesses. Later that busy year, InterAction mapped our members’ projects in Haiti, providing an unprecedented view of exactly who was doing what, and where. Haiti Aid Map, which continues to be updated, became the first site of NGO Aid Map, an InterAction initiative to help raise awareness on US non-profits work around the world.

FedEx and United Way prepare children for their future

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I've lived in the lovely city of Paris for more than seven years, but I recently discovered a new side of this city during a tour with United Way, which aimed to rally local community support around underprivileged youth issues. Imagine that you are walking down a street in an affluent area of Paris, with nice markets and beautiful buildings all around you. What if I told you that just two minutes away, down a small set of stairs in a narrow street, there is a totally different underworld lurking down there where children are in need of your help?

Common Ground - creating safe places to discuss change

common-ground-logo.jpg Few can argue that news events during the summer of 2013 are clear evidence that we have more than enough race and gender based issues to debate and dispute in this country. The problems are not new, and they won’t be solved overnight. But it is heartening to know that there are those who are working to make positive changes. Small steps, but steps in the right direction nonetheless.

That’s why it was encouraging and inspiring to be in attendance at the 5th Anniversary celebration of Common Ground Memphis. Attended by about 100 people, young, old, Black, White, Latino, Asian, East Indian – it was as diverse a group as you can get.

Founded by local Memphis newspaper columnist Wendi Thomas, Common Ground was established to create a safe place for people to come together...

FedEx Qualified!

direction1.jpg.jpeg Healthcare shippers, including pharmaceutical, biotechnological, medical device, equipment and diagnostics companies carefully select their transportation providers. Obviously, pricing, reputation, reliability, expertise and infrastructure have always played an important role in selection decisions.

In the last couple of years, however, many healthcare companies have established tighter internal procedures for assessing their vendors, including suppliers of services. Among quality professionals this assessment is known as “qualifying vendors”. Despite continued restructuring efforts in the healthcare industry, quality departments across the United States have experienced rapid growth due to the increasing importance of quality issues.

Transformation: A Prescription for Growth

Gene's media briefing in BJ.jpg.jpeg When I arrived at FedEx 14 years ago, the term “smartphone” was never used. Social media was virtually unknown, and you often had to wait until a developer handed you an envelope of prints to know what your vacation photos looked like.

It’s amazing how times have changed. Throughout history we have witnessed mind-blowing transformations that have dramatically improved our lives. The first Industrial Revolution brought us railways, steam power and machine tools. Electric power and the internal combustion engine arrived next, and later computer and digital technology. Where would we be today without innovation?

FedEx has also followed a model for innovation and growth...