Friday, August 1, 2014
Jul 012014“Nobody can give a good performance unless the authors and composers have written a good part”
The license to operate is a familiar concept for most—if not all—sustainability-minded professionals. It essentially involves a community accepting business operations for the societal benefits they provide. It’s an externally-focused issue, it’s about the interaction between the company and the community, and it’s very important—something that sustainability professionals cannot afford to neglect. And it’s a focus that is often strongly maintained...
May 222014We've offset over 300 million FedEx envelope shipments since 2012. Hover over the hotspots below for a more interactive experience:
May 082014FedEx is built on the belief that local economic growth requires connectivity with the rest of the world, and we accept that it is our role and responsibility to do this sustainably.
We have just issued our sixth Global Citizenship Report, titled Global Connections. This title is important because it relays the role FedEx plays in bringing value and societal benefit - connecting people and possibilities around the world, but striving to do so responsibly and resourcefully. That message comes through loud and clear when you read the Letter from the Chairman, from my Question & Answer section, and from each of the four sections of the report.
We continue to present information using the following subjects: (1) Economics & Access, (2) Environment & Efficiency, (3) Community & Disaster Relief, and (4) People & Workplace...
Apr 242014If there could be a best supporting actor award in the story of my life, trees would have snagged a few of those awards.
As a competitive runner until my early thirties, my favorite runs usually involved nature, parks, and tree-lined streets. I found peace in my solitary runs under the tree canopy of the Wissahickon Park in Philadelphia, PA. I gloried in my own private viewing of the exquisite cherry blossoms of the Tidal Basin on early morning jaunts in Washington, D.C. On the morning of my own wedding, I laced up my running shoes and headed to Valley Forge National Park with my matron of honor and my brother...
Feb 182014As part an ongoing series exploring the links between connectivity and innovation, our FedEx Access team spoke with Mitch Jackson, vice president of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability for FedEx. Jackson spearheaded the implementation of FedEx hybrid-electric vehicles, among the first in the commercial marketplace.
Access: How would you describe the relationship between increased global connectivity and innovation?
MITCH JACKSON: I believe that global connectivity and innovation go hand in hand. If you think about it, attempts at globalization have been ongoing for centuries. Books like...
Oct 222013I recently sat down with Don Colvin, U.S. VP of facilities at FedEx Express, to hear what it takes to sustainably manage 52 million square feet of space.
Q. The Solar Energy Industries Association just announced their top 25 corporate solar users and FedEx is on the list again. Can you tell me how solar fits into your overall sustainability strategy?
A. The Oakland hub was the first FedEx solar property to come online back in 2005. Now we have nine across all of FedEx with a total capacity to power a small community for a year...
Oct 032013Taking weight off a jet isn’t a new idea. It’s a problem aviators have tried to solve since the early pages of aviation history. Extra weight equals extra fuel. When you find the right balance, you can fly farther, use less fuel and reduce emissions. But it’s how you take the weight off that gets interesting.
Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic using a plane covered in lightweight linen. Today, this same mindset is inspiring a whole new generation of innovations and I’m happy to say much safer than some of those early ideas.
One of our newest EarthSmart Innovations, the FedEx Efficient Container, takes this mindset to heart...
Sep 302013...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!...
Jul 122013Learn more about how small business owner, Hayden Epstein and Warehouse Operations Manager, Jared Williams use recycling to make the return trip worth it.
Coast Pet Distributors is a small, family business that specializes in providing the highest quality pet foods and products to retailers in seven states.
Late in 2012 we started shipping a new food line that had to be kept at refrigerated temperatures. We researched the most effective way to deliver product to our customers and insulated shipping boxes seemed to be a great fit. But each insulated box and gel pack cost us about $52.00 – a lot of money for packaging that was thrown away after one trip. So why not ask customers to hang on to the boxes and find a way to get them shipped back to us?
Jul 022013You never know where some things will lead. As an Army Captain, I had the fortune to command a supply company that included a fuel supply platoon with the responsibility to refuel the 3rd Armored Division in central Germany.
These refueling operations were very static, dispensing fuel from large bladders which required units to congregate many tracked and wheeled vehicles at fuel depots. This made refueling not only inefficient but placed exposed vehicles at a higher risk of an enemy strike as they congregated.
We thought “there has to be a better way”, and during one of our deployment exercises, some soldiers in my unit invented a process to refuel tanks and vehicles while units were moving - a kind of mobile filling station.