Submitted by FedEx Corporation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center named FedEx the winner of the 2019 Citizens Awards, in the category of Best Disaster Response & Community Resilience Program. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual awards program, which recognizes the most innovative and impactful corporate citizenship initiatives raising the bar on social responsibility and spearheading the transformation to a strong, healthy and sustainable future.
The award recognizes FedEx for the company’s collaboration with International Medical Corps. FedEx and International Medical Corps have innovated disaster response by redesigning an emergency field hospital to create rapidly deployable medical assets and health facilities to more effectively respond to global disasters. FedEx logistics experts worked with International Medical Corps to make the field hospital more flexible to support varying types of disasters, including natural disasters, infection disease outbreaks, and more. The field hospital is stored near the FedEx World Hub in Memphis to enable the rapid deployment of the hospital following disasters.
Since the collaboration began, FedEx and International Medical Corps have:
enabled health centers to conduct 290,000 consultations and delivered 14,700 hygiene kits to Puerto Ricans following Hurricane Maria
delivered 30,000 pounds of medical shelters and personal protective equipment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to treat patients, ensure health workers’ safety, and help support 993,000 Ebola screenings
offered continued care to almost 4,000 patients in Florida after Hurricane Michael
And most recently, FedEx responded to the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, the worst storm to ever hit the Bahamas. Together with International Medical Corps, we sent components of the field hospital and much needed supplies to the island of Grand Bahama where an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 people remain. In the town of High Rock, the only health center was completely destroyed. International Medical Corps’ set up a health facility that has been able to provide outpatient medical services for the women, men, and children in need. Set up immediately following Dorian, the health center continues to provide medical care today.
More than 1 million people have already received services as a result of the collaboration between FedEx and International Medical Corps. Together, we are better prepared to respond to disasters and are building greater community resiliency.
At FedEx, we recognize that our impact is greater than the services we provide. We are committed to being a great place to work, a thoughtful steward of the environment and a caring citizen in the communities where we live and work. We are passionate about sustainably connecting people and places and improving the quality of life around the world.
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