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Earning the trust of our communities

Earning the trust of our communities

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Environment and sustainability

FedEx recognizes our activities have an impact on the environment and that the long-term health of our business is connected to the health of our planet. We are committed to conducting business activities responsibly and sustainably.

We comply with national, state and local laws where we operate that regulate air emissions, water quality, solid and hazardous waste disposal and the prevention of spills or releases.

We are committed to continual improvement in environmental management. As part of our ongoing efforts to promote sustainability, we continually evaluate the environmental impacts of FedEx operations and packaging and reduce them where possible. We ensure that environmental considerations are integrated into daily operations and business decision-making processes. We focus on sourcing and implementing solutions that will minimize our environmental footprint and protect the environment.

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Corruption, improper payments and bribes

We are committed to conducting business fairly and legally and oppose all forms of public and private corruption. We comply with anti-corruption laws and will not offer or pay improper payments or bribes to influence a business decision or gain a business advantage. We will not participate in illegal influence peddling by offering or accepting gifts, entertainment, travel, employment, charitable donations or other benefits to or from an intermediary to influence a government decision or gain a business advantage. We will not request or accept any bribe, kickback or improper payment to award a FedEx contract or business to a third party. Finally, we maintain internal financial controls to prevent bribery and corruption and keep accurate books and records so as not to disguise bribes or other improper payments as legitimate business expenses.

Laws prohibiting bribery and corruption apply to both government officials and private business persons. In some countries, team members or third parties may come under pressure to offer improper payments or bribes to influence business decisions or gain business advantages such as sales, government permits, or government or private services. Similarly, team members may be offered a bribe or kickback to award a FedEx contract or business. Never request, offer or agree to bribes, kickbacks or improper payments. They are illegal in most countries, prohibited by FedEx, and can expose you and FedEx to criminal prosecution.

If you are asked to make an improper payment or bribe, or offered a bribe or kickback to award a FedEx contract or business, immediately contact your manager and your company’s legal department and report the request or offer.

 

Other resources

The wife of a local elected official invited FedEx to sponsor a fundraiser for an educational charity that she founded. The FedEx lease from the local government is up for renewal at the end of the year. Can FedEx agree to sponsor the fundraiser to build goodwill with the government during the lease negotiations?

While FedEx does sponsor charity events, this could be considered influence peddling and FedEx may not attempt to influence a government decision by offering a donation to an intermediary. Contact your operating company’s legal department to determine whether the sponsorship complies with the Code, our Global Anti-Corruption Policy and any other relevant FedEx charitable giving guidelines.

Be careful when dealing with government officials. Refer to the Governmental Contacts and Lobbying Disclosure Compliance Policy before offering a gift, meal, travel or entertainment to U.S. government officials and to the Global Anti-Corruption Policy before offering a gift, meal, travel or entertainment to non-U.S. government officials. When in doubt, seek advice from your company’s legal department.

FedEx prohibits “facilitating payments,” which are improper payments made to a government official or employee to expedite or facilitate a routine government action such as issuing permits or clearing a shipment through customs. If you are asked to pay a facilitating payment, immediately contact your operating company’s legal department.

We hire and retain third parties who are committed to complying with our Code and anti-corruption policies. Therefore, FedEx has specific procedures when engaging a third party that may interact with government officials on behalf of FedEx. The Global Anti-Corruption Policy and your operating company’s Anti-Corruption Compliance Procedures provide detailed instructions to engage third parties.

A government official is:

  • An elected official
  • A candidate for political office
  • An official or employee of a political party
  • An official or employee of a government department, ministry or agency
  • An official or employee of a government-owned entity 
  • An individual with dual capacity in government and private business
  • An official or employee of a public non-governmental organization

In my country, making small payments to facilitate government paperwork is common. If these small payments are not made, the paperwork could take months longer. What should I do?

This type of payment may be illegal and is prohibited under our Code and Global Anti-Corruption Policy. You should notify your management and your operating company’s legal department to determine the best course of action.

International trade controls

FedEx is headquartered in the U.S., and we are committed to complying with U.S. trade control laws. In addition, we comply with trade control laws in countries in which we operate, provided they do not conflict with U.S. law. Therefore, we maintain policies and procedures to support compliance and help ensure that we:

  • Do not operate in, or provide services to countries or territories in violation of U.S. embargos
  • Do not deliver shipments that are prohibited for import or export
  • Do not transfer controlled technology, equipment or software without import or export licenses
  • Screen transactions to identify persons or entities on restricted or sanctioned parties lists

At FedEx, we do not participate in boycotts that are not sanctioned by the U.S. government, such as agreements to discriminate based on race, religion, sex, national origin or nationality, or refusal to do business with certain countries or companies not sanctioned by the U.S.

Violations of U.S. and international trade control laws can subject FedEx to substantial penalties. Immediately notify your manager or your operating company’s legal department if you are aware of any violation of trade control laws or boycott requests.

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I work for FedEx outside the U.S. Do U.S. trade control laws apply to my job?

Yes. FedEx is a U.S.-based company, and the operations of all FedEx companies, wherever located, are subject to U.S. trade control laws. Contact your operating company’s legal department for guidance on how to comply with specific trade control laws and regulations.

Money laundering
prevention

Money laundering prevention

We are committed to assisting governments around the globe to detect and prevent criminal activity and terrorist financing enabled by money laundering. Money laundering is the process of making criminal proceeds appear legitimate by concealing or disguising their nature, location, source, ownership or control. We will not enter into any arrangement that has been identified as a potentially suspicious money laundering activity.

Indications of money laundering include:

  • Requests from a third party, customer or supplier for cash payments
  • Unusual payment terms
  • Structuring or breaking down payments or transactions to avoid government requirements
  • Fund transfers to or from countries unrelated to the transaction
  • Fund transfers to or from unrelated third parties
  • Reluctance by a third party, customer or supplier to provide complete or truthful contact information
  • Other activities outside the normal course of business

If you become suspicious of potential money laundering activities, contact your manager or your operating company’s legal department immediately.

Political activities and contributions

We are free to support the political process through personal contributions or volunteering personal time to candidates or organizations. These activities are a matter of personal choice and must not be conducted on FedEx property or time or involve the use of any FedEx resources such as vehicles, telephones, computers or supplies.

You may not make or commit to political contributions on behalf of FedEx. You may choose to participate in the FedEx Corporation Political Action Committee, but all contributions are strictly voluntary and are not tax deductible. Please keep in mind that by law only U.S. citizens (living anywhere in the world) and U.S. permanent residents are allowed to contribute to the FedEx Corporation Political Action Committee.

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