FedEx Boosts Its Efforts to Connect the World in Responsible and Resourceful Ways
BRUSSELS, June 4, 2013–FedEx has released its fifth annual Global Citizenship Report, outlining the company’s efforts in its focus areas of Economics & Access, Environment & Efficiency, Community & Disaster Relief, and People & Workplace. The release of the fifth annual FedEx Global Citizenship Report coincides with World Environment Day, a global day commemorating positive environmental action celebrated by the international community each year.
This year’s Global Citizenship Report has been prepared to align with the Global Reporting Initiative G3.1 Guidelines for more standardized and transparent reporting.
Highlights from this year’s report include:
· Significant savings from sustainability efforts, including fuel and energy cost savings and materials recycling revenues;
· Successful achievement of the FedEx Express goal to improve the overall fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet by 20 percent by 2020, years ahead of schedule;
· Continued support for disaster relief and preparedness organizations.
“At FedEx we are committed to connecting the world in responsible and resourceful ways,” said Gerald P. Leary, president, FedEx Express Europe, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa (EMEA). “This year’s Global Citizenship Report showcases our continued efforts to provide sustainable solutions for our customers while contributing to and helping to improve the communities we serve. We have been able to achieve our sustainability goals to date not only through operational and fleet improvements but also thanks to the commitment of our team members who are embedding responsible corporate citizenship at the very heart of FedEx culture.”
Environment & Efficiency
FedEx integrates responsible environmental practices into its daily operations and the company aims to achieve its sustainability goals through a number of initiatives.
In the last year, FedEx has:
· Surpassed and revised its vehicle efficiency sustainability goal. In March 2013, FedEx Express announced that it surpassed its goal to increase the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet by 20 percent by 2020, as compared with its 2005 performance. FedEx also announced a revised, more aggressive goal to increase the vehicle fuel efficiency of its fleet by 30 percent by 2020.
· Continued deployment of electric vehicles in cities around the globe. The company increased the overall size of its alternative-energy vehicle fleet by 18 percent in its fiscal year 2012 alone, with a total of 364 hybrid-electric vehicles and 118 all-electric vehicles. To date, these vehicles have saved 1.89 million liters of fuel and travelled more than 24 million kilometers.
· Expanded its network of solar energy facilities. On a global level, FedEx has nine solar-energy facilities. Three are located in Europe and generated more than 1,000,000 kWh of electricity in fiscal year 2012. The output is generated jointly by the solar power generating facilities in Cologne, Germany – Machelen, Belgium – and Montpellier, France.
· Continued aircraft fleet replacements. In its fiscal year 2012, FedEx Express introduced seven more Boeing 777 aircraft into our fleet, which use 18 percent less fuel and provide greater payload capacity than the MD-11 aircraft they replace. The company currently has 23 Boeing 777s providing a service to 25 cities around the world and is still on track to have 43 777s in service by 2023, as reported last year. In the Europe, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa (EMEA) region, FedEx Express flies nine Boeing 777s.
FedEx also remains committed to its goal of sourcing 30 percent of its jet fuel from alternative sources by 2030. The company is working with The Nature Conservancy to develop a roadmap to guide the adoption of biofuels for our long-haul segments. This roadmap can also act as a guide for the transportation sector as a whole – helping FedEx and others use more sustainably-sourced fuels. Further, the FedEx Express Fuel Sense program, an EarthSmart initiative focused on more efficient aircraft operations, has successfully identified dozens of ways to reduce fuel usage and carbon emissions while continuing to ensure safe aircraft operations. Fuel Sense saves 185 million liters of jet fuel and avoids more than 466,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
Community & Disaster Relief
In 2012, FedEx continued its long-standing support for organizations focused on disaster relief, child pedestrian safety and environmental sustainability. Total charitable contributions across all FedEx giving areas, consisting of direct cash contributions, donated shipping and team member contributions, totaled $46 million.
FedEx is committed to actively supporting the communities we serve through strategic investment of our people, resources and network. Employee giving serves as a cornerstone of FedEx commitment to community. In 2012, team members around the world offered their time to volunteer with local, national and international organizations. The annual FedEx Cares Week volunteer program drew 1,574 participants in Europe, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa (EMEA). In total, FedEx Express team members in this region volunteered 3,338 hours across 58 events that saw 2.2 tonnes of food raised for various donations, more than 692 blood donations, and thousands of euros raised for various organizations.
More information about the accomplishments highlighted here and additional stories showcasing FedEx commitment to responsible corporate citizenship may be found in the online version of the FedEx 2012 Global Citizenship Update at csr.fedex.com.