posts made in September 2013

A Pilot Kit for the 21st Century

paperlesscockpit1.png ...Just like you’ve probably abandoned your old heavy phone books because you can look up information digitally now, FedEx is doing the same thing. In addition to on-aircraft computer access to digital information, we’ve finished distributing over 4,300 iPads to all our pilots so they can access all necessary information onscreen, and now we’re in the process of taking all the paper kits off all the airplanes in our fleet. It’s a lot of paper--- 32 TONS worth!...

FedEx Cares Week: Creating Ripple Effects

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  One of my proudest accomplishments is my work with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, an organization that provides free home repairs and maintenance to elderly homeowners so they can remain in their homes. Since joining the board of directors in 2010, I have been truly moved by the people I have met and the number of FedEx coworkers who are always willing to help out.

What role should corporations play in the fight to end extreme poverty?

GCT_fb_806_revised1.jpg.jpeg Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is, What are you doing for others?”

Ending extreme poverty will be one of the greatest challenges for our generation. Widespread access to technology and increasing interconnectivity present a key opportunity for us to positively impact the lives of the world’s poorest. Often, aspects of social good are relegated to what is called the 'third sector,' a realm that is separate from the state and corporations. The third sector, largely occupied by nonprofits, can undeniably help in achieving the greatest challenges of the century.

But, why shouldn’t governments and businesses also be able to stand at the forefront of social responsibility?

FedEx Ground Celebrates Entrepreneurs

Did you know that FedEx Ground partners with more than 8,500 small businesses throughout North America to pick up and deliver our packages?

These businesses are owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs who manage every aspect of the business, including hiring employees, owning their trucks, and organizing their routes. We are proud to partner with these entrepreneurs who are growing their businesses alongside FedEx Ground and helping us ensure that every experience is a positive one. This is why we take a step back every year, pausing to celebrate all we have accomplished together.

Since 2007, FedEx Ground has annually bestowed its Entrepreneur of the Year award – one of our company’s highest honors – to three outstanding business owners in our network, recognizing them for business growth and development, customer service, safety, community involvement, and business ethics...

FedEx Cares: Building Bridges with Books

Grand Entrance (50) (1024x768).jpg.jpeg When Principal Bob Moseley walks the halls at Jolly Elementary School, he sees more than bustling students and projects on display; he sees rich opportunity.

His students are making great strides as evidenced by Jolly’s students increasing their reading levels by an impressive nine percent this past school year. Through a program established to track and reward student reading, students collectively read more than 6,000 books and 10 million words.

Creating Access for Growth

Subic Bay Industrial Park-sq.jpg On a recent trip abroad, I saw beautiful furniture pieces that stood out for the precision of their construction. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were made in Cebu, Philippines. Cebu is a region full of skilled craftsmen whose works are now being appreciated in houses worldwide.

At a time when trade is already driving world economies, it is still exciting that individuals —particularly those from far-flung and remote locations — are now capable of bringing their work to the world stage. This improves livelihood opportunities on a small scale, but factor in the multiplier effect as it extends across communities, and it can now directly impact the economy.

Here, one element is crucial: Access...

First Time Blogger, Long Time Giver: CSR at FedEx

directrelief-csr.jpg Note: This post first appeared on the Global Citizen blog.

All my friends and family know that I am not a big social media user; I'm one of those people who doesn't have a Facebook account, so they will be surprised to find out that I am writing a blog post. But there is nothing I would rather share with the world than what I get to do every day at FedEx.

In the seven years I have worked in the Global Citizenship Department of FedEx, I have been honored, and humbled, to see first hand all that we do to help our neighbors, both locally and globally. We support strategic community investments in education and diversity, as well as local-market community service initiatives by team members. Our total charitable contributions last year amounted to $46 million in direct cash contributions, donated shipping services to nonprofit organizations, and team member contributions to our annual United Way campaign...

Saluting drivers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

driver apprecationblog image.jpg.jpeg This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week! It’s a time to see beyond the anonymous head in the cab window you spot multiple times a day during your drive to work. It’s a time to appreciate the great effort and care that these warriors put into their jobs both on and off the road.

A truck driver plays an integral part of your day. Whether you are picking up a gallon of milk from the local grocery store or ordering a pair of shoes online, a truck driver helped put that item in your hands...

FedEx Heroes Help Rebuild New Jersey

jerryalvare-fcw2-sq.jpg When I think of the word “Hero” it reminds of leadership, bravery, and selflessness. It reminds me of doing what’s right with no reward and recognition expected. It reminds me of the FedEx Community who banded together as one against the devastation that Hurricane Sandy left New Jersey in on October 22, 2012. The storms 80mph winds and 100mph gusts damaged 346,000 homes, caused 37 deaths, and over $30 billion in damages.

It’s hard to believe it will be a year since the storm. Can you imagine losing your entire home and having to start over again? I know I can’t. I was lucky to only lose power for a few days, but that wasn’t the case for many people affected by the storm...

Ethics in Action

FedEx Cares PH 2011-sq.jpg When we think about “business leadership”, the first words that often spring to mind are “vision” or “innovation”.

Seldom do the words “ethics” or “ethical” automatically top the list. But they must.

Just as the world is changing, so too is our notion of leadership. And it’s exactly the characteristics that we most value in human beings – respect, responsibility, integrity or compassion – that must become intrinsically connected with leadership...