Submitted by: FedEx Corporation
Posted: Sep 23, 2011 – 08:00 AM EST
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sep. 23 /CSRwire/ - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center named FedEx as a finalist in the 2011 Corporate Citizenship Awards competition, in the category of Best Business Neighbor.
The Corporate Citizenship Awards, known simply as the "Citizens," have been presented every year since 2000 and are one of the nation’s premier recognition programs for companies that actively work to improve societal challenges. The Best Business Neighbor category is for companies that exemplify the ability of the business sector to demonstrate social or civic leadership through a single strategic initiative.
The FedEx EarthSmart Outreach initiative was specifically cited as having all the makings of a solid corporate citizenship program. The program places emphasis on cities where FedEx has a significant business presence. A combination of employee volunteerism, core operational expertise, financial investments, and stakeholder relationships make EarthSmart Outreach a well rounded program.
"We are honored to receive this recognition. We take our social and civic leadership very seriously," said Mitch Jackson, FedEx Corp. vice president of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability. "EarthSmart Outreach encompasses our philanthropic and volunteer efforts that focus on environmental sustainability—particularly with organizations that tackle issues FedEx is uniquely capable of helping to solve. We do more than invest dollars; we apply our team members' unique skills, perspectives and capabilities from the world of shipping and logistics to do things like support safer, cleaner transit in Mexico City, study the interplay of trade and the environment, or help with local cleanup projects."
The 2011 Citizens encompass four categories – Best Corporate Steward, Best Business Neighbor, Best International Ambassador, and Best Partnership. For the Business Neighbor and International Ambassador categories, a peer committee that includes past award winners selects the winner. For the Corporate Steward category, a panel of preeminent experts in corporate citizenship and business performance will select the winner. The Partnership Award winner is selected “people’s choice” style in the public voting campaign on BCLC's website.
"This year's finalists for The Citizens exemplify some of the most unique and robust corporate citizenship programs in our country," said U.S. Chamber BCLC Founder and Executive Director Stephen Jordan. "These companies show smart thinking and deep commitment on societal issues ranging from financial literacy and economic empowerment to sustainable community development to individual wellness, safety, and other basic needs."
The winners of the 2011 Citizens will be announced on November 17 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
BCLC is the U.S. Chamber’s resource and voice for business’ social and philanthropic interests. Its mission is to advance the positive role of business in society. The U.S. Chamber is the world’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $40 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 290,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.
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