Empowering the next generation of global entrepreneurs09 April 2018
FedEx extends support to JA Company Programme in seven European countries
JA Worldwide and FedEx Express have enjoyed a longstanding relationship as part of the company’s commitment to encouraging global entrepreneurship. FedEx Express has supported the JA Company Programme – our flagship entrepreneurial education program – for over 17 years. The Company of the Year Competition that took place in Brussels last year marked the tenth anniversary of FedEx continuous support for JA Europe.
At the beginning of this academic year, FedEx Express extended its support for the Company Programme to include sponsorship of national Company of the Year Competitions via JA companies in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Germany and Belgium, which will host two competitions for its French and Flemish speaking students.
The deepening of FedEx financial support comes as part of its social responsibility program FedEx Cares. Launched in 2016, this community investment strategy pledged to invest $200 million USD in 200 communities by the year 2020 with the aim of connecting people and possibilities – something FedEx Express does physically in its day to day business and is committed to doing socially through relationships non-profit organisations like JA Europe.
Through its sponsorship, and the takedown of its signature FedEx Access Award to national competitions, FedEx Express encourages young entrepreneurs to further develop their business ideas with Access front of mind. A panel of FedEx experts will award the FedEx Access Award to the student-company that best demonstrates innovation, readiness to access new markets, positive socio-economic impact, and environmental and social responsibility.
FedEx Express support for JA Europe, but has enabled JA Europe to make the Company Programme more accessible to young people in the region. Each year, over 350 000 students participate in the JA Company Programme. Winning teams, chosen at national competitions in up to 40 countries, are invited to compete at the European final of the Company of the Year Competition, taking place this July in Serbia.
There, FedEx Express aims to inspire and empower the most promising young entrepreneurs with the principles and benefits of global connectivity. Keep an eye out this July for news of the student-company rewarded by the logistics giant for thinking globally and planning for responsible, international business growth.
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 $61 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 400,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit http://about.fedex.com
About JA Europe
JA Europe is Europe’s largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy, reaching 3.6 million students in 40 countries in 2017. JA Europe brings the public and private sectors together to provide young people in primary and secondary schools and early university with high-quality education programmes to teach them about enterprise, entrepreneurship, business and economics in a practical way. JA Europe is the European Regional Operating Centre for JA Worldwide®. Learn more: http://www.jaeurope.org/