02 Mar FedEx Wins 2016 Corporate Citizenship Award
Last winter, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center officially awarded FedEx with the 2016 Corporate Citizenship Award, according to Justmeans.com. Specifically, the company won the award in the category of Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program.
The Center wanted to officially recognize FedEx’s disaster relief efforts following the earthquake in Nepal. On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the remote mountain nation—roughly 8,000 people died and 2 million people lost their homes. FedEx partnered with Heart-to-Heart International, Water Missions and Direct Relief to ship massive amounts of crucial relief supplies (such as medicine, medical supplies, and water purification equipment) from the U.S. to Nepal. Neil Gibson, the Vice President, Corporate Communications, FedEx Services, noted that FedEx is proud to have earned the corporate citizenship award—the company, he notes, is truly committed towards disaster relief. “It means so much to our team members to be a part of relief efforts and we are honored to be recognized alongside so many other companies working to build a more prosperous world,” he says.
The Corporate Citizenship Award goes to companies and businesses that work hard to positively benefit communities large and small both domestically and internationally. The awards program was founded 17 years ago, and since then, it has become one of the most sought after corporate citizen awards in world. Marc DeCourcey, the Senior Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, noted that FedEx’s relief efforts following the Nepal earthquake were extremely effective, and they are well deserving of recognition. “Their dedication to disaster relief and response shows FedEx’s strong commitment to helping those in need,” he says.
FedEx’s disaster relief efforts highlight a growing trend amongst companies: private firms providing direct relief following a disaster. This type of charitable effort not only helps those in need, but it also positively impacts a company’s public image. FedEx wasn’t the only company that provided relief to the people of Nepal. Learn more about REI’s disaster relief efforts following the Nepal earthquake here.
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