FedEx and its various operating units, which include FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight, provide a range of transportation, delivery and business services to retail and commercial clients around the world. FedEx Express is the world’s top express transportation provider, delivering about 3.5 million packages each day to more than 220 countries and territories via a network of about 2,000 FedEx Office stores. Goods are transported and delivered using a fleet of over 690 aircraft and more than 50,000 motor vehicles and trailers. The FedEx Ground unit provides small-package ground delivery in North America, while FedEx Freight handles larger shipments for commercial clients. In 2013, the company reported sales of about $44.2 billion and employed about 160,700 workers worldwide.
FedEx’s philanthropy is focused on three core giving areas: disaster relief, child pedestrian safety and environmental sustainability. In each of these, the company partners with leading national and international nonprofit organizations and provides a combination of cash, in-kind and volunteer support.
The company’s contributions to disaster relief groups and programs are multifaceted. The company has long offered up its nearly 700 planes, 75,000 trucks and extensive transportation and logistics network to deliver critical supplies, services and expertise to support victims of natural disasters the world over.
FedEx works with a number of international disaster response organizations that bring relief to victims, including the American Red Cross, Direct Relief International, Heart to Heart International and the Salvation Army. Each year, the company sets aside space for as much as four million pounds of disaster-related charitable shipping. The company also invests in preparedness initiatives for families and small businesses, and supports long-term recovery efforts in communities like New Orleans and Haiti that face rebuilding and recovery efforts that can last years.
FedEx also supports a range of groups and programs aimed at keeping child pedestrians safe through increasing awareness and knowledge of pedestrian safety as an issue, helping change unsafe child pedestrian behaviors and/or creating environmental improvements to keep child pedestrians safe in local communities.
In this area, FedEx works closely with global organizations to help prevent pedestrian-related injury and death and educate the public about road safety. Most significantly, the company works closely with Safe Kids Worldwide, an international organization devoted to preventing unintentional childhood injury, and Brake, a road safety group located in the United Kingdom.
The company’s work with Safe Kids Worldwide has included support of the Safe Kids Walk This Way program, which teaches safe behaviors to motorists and children and works to create safer, more pedestrian-friendly communities.
In addition, FedEx also partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide in establishing the Task Force grant program, which drew upon input from key community members to identify and improve a specific walking environment for child pedestrians — for example, installing speed bumps or adding countdown signals with child-friendly buttons to stoplights.
More recently, FedEx has supported the FedEx & Brake Road Safety Academy in the United Kingdom. The Academy trains individuals to deliver road-safety presentations to teenagers, parents and company drivers.
The company’s support for environmental initiatives falls under the enterprise-wide sustainability program, EarthSmart, which includes outreach efforts that focus on three areas:
- Sustainable transportation. The company supports programs that benefit the environment by reducing emissions and congestion, enhancing safety and expanding accessibility.
- Sustainable cities. This includes support for healthy, environmentally responsible urban environments through the conservation and restoration of parks and green space along with sustainable development practices.
- Sustainable ecosystems. The company supports programs that promote ecosystem viability through sustainable forestry, rehabilitating natural habitats impacted by disaster and improving disaster resilience.
In addition, FedEx has established several flagship charitable partnerships with leading nonprofit groups, including:
- The United Way. The company’s support for the United Way dates back almost 40 years and encompasses several programs and initiatives, such as:
- FedEx Cares Week. Each fall, FedEx employees participate in FedEx Cares Week, a week-long volunteer event that benefits local communities and the United Way. Throughout the week, communities across the country host days of service, allowing more than 2,100 FedEx employees to volunteer their time in support of projects ranging from refurbishing and beautifying local agencies, building playgrounds and painting child-care centers to sorting and organizing donated food items at local food banks. Events have been held in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New York, Newark, Oakland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
- Alternative Spring Break. For the past several years, FedEx has supported the United Way’s Alternative Spring Break program, which recruits, organizes and otherwise supports hundreds of young people to dedicate their Spring Breaks volunteering with charitable groups. Recent projects have included renovating affordable housing, improving child-care centers and building ramps to provide people with disabilities a safe means of leaving and returning to their homes in Detroit; helping rebuild houses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in Hancock County, Miss.; and rebuilding homes in Lake Charles, La., that were destroyed by Hurricane Rita.
- Loaned Executives. Every year, FedEx selects a group of employees to participate in the Loaned Executive program. The three-month program lets employees assist fundraising efforts at their local United Way. FedEx has “loaned” more than 650 employees since the program began.
- ORBIS International. The company supports this group’s efforts to bring much-needed eye care to people worldwide who are suffering from preventable blindness. ORBIS operates the Flying Eye Hospital, a DC-10 aircraft that contains a teaching facility and ophthalmic surgery center. Volunteer pilots from FedEx fly the plane to remote locations across the globe, where medical teams perform surgeries, conduct training sessions and educate communities about blindness prevention and treatment. Since the Flying Eye Hospital took flight in 1982, more than 6.8 million people worldwide have been treated, 360,000 surgeries have been completed, and 195,000 eye care professionals have been trained aboard the hospital, FedEx said. The company supports the plane’s maintenance, making it possible for ORBIS to operate the current Flying Eye Hospital at nominal expense, and FedEx also provides complimentary transportation for critically needed medical supplies headed to ORBIS-hospital-based programs around the world.
Further information is available on the company’s website.