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Posted: May 18, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Most experts agree that global population growth—expected to rise an estimated three billion over the next 20 years—and increased consumer consumption is putting more of a strain than ever on natural resources. For industry, stability and sustainability of these natural resources is necessary to help secure business growth, better manage and mitigate against geopolitical threats to supply, build brand equity and more. Sustainable sourcing and management of natural capital via a greener supply chain is increasingly not just a nice to have, but a must do.
Posted: May 14, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Our history and our experience should teach us that what we’ve been doing isn’t working. When it’s clear that the status quo, the normal, the “way it’s always been,” isn’t good for the planet or we humans who live on her, we must look for new ways to thrive. If we value the world that we will give to our children and grandchildren, then we must innovate not only in areas such as energy and fuel efficiency but also in our perspective, our mindsets, and our consciousness.
Posted: May 13, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Earlier this week, two FedEx charter flights delivered 178,000 pounds of relief supplies to the people of Nepal. Aid on those flights included water treatment systems, water chlorinators and storage tanks designed to serve 430,000 people a day, three daily meals for almost 1,700 people for a month and maternity/infant supplies for 5,000 expectant mothers.
The following interview with Paul Tronsor, managing director for FedEx Express global operations control (GOC), describes how FedEx, along with global aid organizations, managed through the shifting landscape to get the right supplies to the right place, at the right time.
Posted: May 12, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Last year, the European Union (EU) announced its new guidelines on non-financial reporting that will only apply to some large entities with more than 500 employees. This includes listed companies as well as some unlisted companies; such as banks, insurance companies and other companies that are so designated by member states; because of their activities, size or number of employees. There are approximately 6,000 large companies and groups within the EU bloc (EU, 2014). These big organisations are increasingly using a wide array of instruments, tools and channels to communicate their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reports to stakeholders.
Posted: May 11, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
On April 17 Net Impact hosted and Monsanto sponsored a first-of-its-kind Nourishing 9 Billion SolutionLab at Tufts University. In the very first moments of the SolutionLab, industrial farming and farmers were called out by the 50+ student participants as the most significant problem in feeding the world.
Posted: May 11, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Education is a human right – it is the key that unlocks the door to all other rights, including economic equality, for millions of minority and low-income students. Beyond that, education is the unacknowledged engine that runs the American economy on both the individual and national level. Fueling that engine through scholarships secures human rights, empowers individuals, and creates wealth that has long-lasting generational impact.
Posted: May 08, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
We all live in “mediocracies” whatever our country’s form of government. We live in “attention economies” where brands, keywords and media trump politics, economics and culture in what Marshall McLuhan called “our global village”. Today we see countries following Britain’s branding in the 1990s as “Cool Britannia,” such as China’s promoting “The Chinese Dream” and the “circular economy”.
Posted: May 06, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Open letter to "Corporate Social Responsibility": You've served us well for several decades, but now it's time to go. Having been involved with you since the 1970s, parting is painful -- but necessary. So many companies around the world have integrated the near-genius concept of doing-good-while-doing-well into their DNA that your distinction no longer resonates.
Posted: May 04, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
In March, The New York Times ran a column declaring that "Fewer Women Run Big Companies Than Men named John." The article cited a Glass Ceiling Index that showed that Jims, Bobs, Jacks and Bills combined outnumber the total number of women among chief executives of S&P 1500 firms. A woeful sign that women still lag in leadership roles in corporate America. But go deeper down the corporate ladder and the story is even worse.
Posted: Apr 30, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
People are at the heart of FedEx. We’re in the business of connecting people, and we couldn’t do that successfully without the dedication of the hundreds of thousands of people within FedEx. That’s why we strive to create an environment where our team members can contribute and grow and where the values of diversity are woven throughout the organization. This starts with an inclusive culture.
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