FedEx and UPS logistic companies, brings aid to the Bahamas
Following the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in late August 2019, multiple corporations have provided relief support to those impacted by the category five hurricane.
This week, two global leaders in logistics FedEx and UPS has committed to providing financial aid and transporting emergency supplies.
Official FedEx operations began in 1973 with 389 team members distributing in the US. Today, Fedex operates worldwide and has over 450,000 team members.
This week, as part of FedEx's '50 by 50' goal - helping 50 million people by its 50th anniversary - the company has teamed up with Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, Team Rubicon and Water Mission to provide US$500,000 worth of lifesaving supplies to hard-hit communities in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.
“Many of the people in these hard-hit communities have lost everything and are in desperate need of help. On behalf of more than 450,000 FedEx team members around the world, we are proud to be able to use our global network to provide these lifesaving resources,” said Raj Subramaniam, president and COO, FedEx Corporation. “We are inspired by the passion of these organisations and their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others, and we will continue to work with them as they help with recovery efforts.”
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Founded in 1907, UPS is a multi-billion-dollar global corporation providing packaging delivery and specialised transportation and logistics services. UPS currently operates in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.
Along with FedEx, UPS announced its own commitments to support immediate needs and long-term recovery from Hurricane Dorian. The UPS Foundation – UPS Global citizenship programme – has committed to providing US$1mn towards the relief efforts. In addition to financial aid, UPS’ humanitarian charter flights delivered 20 metric tons of emergency supplies including shelter, hygiene and water purification supplies provided by UNICEF and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
“It’s times like this when we are most grateful and honoured to support the relief organisations and first responders helping to save lives and serve communities when they need us most,” said Eduardo Martinez, UPS chief diversity and inclusion officer and president of The UPS Foundation. “These efforts are just the beginning of our commitment to the long-term recovery of the impacted areas.”
Long-term the UPS Foundation will collaborate with a network of organisations including: American Red Cross, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Bahamas Red Cross, UNICEF, Salvati9on Army, World Food Programme, St. Bernard Project, Toolbank, Team Rubicon, Good360 and MAP International.
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DHL partners with Riversimple in sustainability move
Riversimple Movement, a Welsh hydrogen vehicle manufacturer, has found a new partner in the world's 11th largest employer: DHL Supply Chain. The two companies, who have recently signed an MoU, pledge to bring sustainable zero-emission vehicles to the UK, and their targets don’t stop there. The duo looks to be busy, with their sights set on developing sustainability initiatives, securing the necessary finances required to achieve the volume production of hydrogen vehicles, and designing and subsequent trialling of zero-emission transport.
DHL has already begun assisting its new partner in preparing for its first full-scale manufacturing facility, which will house the production of hydrogen-electric vehicles.
“It’s exciting to be partnering with a highly innovative company like Riversimple, which has sustainability at the heart of its mission,” says Managing Director of DHL Manufacturing Logistics UKI, Mike Bristow. “As the world’s leading logistics company, it is our responsibility to guide the industry to a sustainable future.”
DHL has recently launched “The Sustainability Playbook”, designed to create a roadmap to implement the next generation of global supply chain.
“Excellence. Simply delivered. In a sustainable way.”
As one of the leading drivers in global trade, DHL claims to be aware of its immense responsibility to steer innovation. Conscious of the impact their global operations have on the environment, the company initiated “Strategy 2025” - delivering excellence in the digital world. The goal: to focus increasingly on harnessing the potential for sustainable long-term growth and expanding the already-underway digital transformations within the business.
“Strategy 2025” aims to cumulatively invest €2bn in digitalisation through to 2025, in the hope that this will enhance customer experiences. They also predict a €1.5bn yearly run rate by FY’25.
Currently, DHL boasts a large green logistics portfolio, including carbon offsetting, green optimisation, and clean fuel and energy products, all as available ways to make the supply chain industry more sustainable.
“We have repeatedly redefined logistics, from introducing the industry’s first green product to becoming the first logistics company to commit to a zero-emissions target,” says DHL.
“In the past 15 years, we have continuously improved our carbon efficiency while introducing innovative green logistics solutions to make supply chains more sustainable and help our customers achieve their environmental goals.”
DHL move to lead supply chain sustainability
As the world’s 11th largest employer, and with around 570,000 employees worldwide, DHL is in a position to lead the supply chain towards a greener future. Its recent partnership with Riversimple hopes to inspire other companies within the industry to follow.
Hugo Spowers, Founder and Managing Director of Riversimple, acknowledges DHL’s commitment to sustainability.
“We’re very pleased to be collaborating with DHL to help us achieve mass production in the UK in the near term, and hopefully partner with us on a global level as we deliver our goal of systematically eliminating the environmental impact of personal transport.