Agility USA employees enrolled in a giving program where they pledge to donate to one or all of three selected charity partner organizations including Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Since 2018, donations went to support the charity partners in their efforts to help those in need of assistance through their various programs, including, PVA’s Veterans Career Program, and vocational rehabilitation counseling. St. Jude continues to provide free treatment, travel, housing and food to all their patients and their families, and WFP provides meals to those with the greatest needs; collectively reaching more than 17,000 individuals since the start of the donation program.
Agility offices across the globe have joined the Waste-Free Agility campaign to eliminate the use of single-use plastic water bottles and paper coffee cups. The Waste-Free Agility campaign calls on our facilities to meaningfully reduce or eliminate an important waste stream through changes in behaviour.
For example, at Agility’s offices in Mumbai, guests were given small plastic water bottles. Much of the water ended up going to waste, so our team there started to use glasses and a carafe, which reduced waste of water, and entirely eliminated the single-use plastic bottles. Unused drinking water is recycled for cleaning purposes as well. While it did require a change in behaviour, managers across India were enthusiastic to jump on board, and the elimination of single-use plastic bottles has become a country-wide trend for Agility.
Other Agility offices in Brazil, Italy, Singapore, the US and Australia also are leading the way in the elimination or significant reduction of the use of plastic water bottles, paper coffee cups, or other single-use materials. We’re aiming for 100% office participation!
Over the last decade, Agility USA has raised over USD$3.3 million for disabled veterans. Since 2008, Agility USA has organized the Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open Day to benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Donations are used to help disabled veterans pursue meaningful careers. PVA uses the funds to provide free, one-on-one counseling and support to any veteran, family member or caregiver. It also offers assistance to employers committed to hiring veterans.
Since 2011, Agility has been working to reduce power consumption and CO2 emissions from our data centers/servers in Irvine, California and Leeds, UK. In Irvine, an original virtualization and consolidation project in 2011 reduced the server totals by over 60%. A second consolidation project reduced the number again by a further 60% in 2015. Today, our total average electricity usage has decreased to 69% of peak usage in 2011, saving over 45 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. A similar exercise at our data center in Leeds reduced energy consumption to more than 83% less than peak usage in 2010, saving over 60 tons of CO2 emissions each year. A forthcoming hardware upgrade is expected to reduce energy consumption by a further 50%.
A global automotive customer needed help improving the reliability and environmental impact of its supply chains from China to the West Coast of the US. A careful analysis of the customer’s supply chain revealed a few key opportunities for improvement. In a multi-faceted optimization project, Agility’s supply chain solution team proposed buyer consolidation in China to reduce the total number of consolidation points, which would also facilitate load optimization. Shipments were re-routed away from less efficient ports, allowing for better consolidation at destination and creating opportunities to double stack containers for inland rail transport. The comprehensive solution saved the customer 24% on logistics costs, reduced total shipment time by at least one day, and as much as 17 days, with shipments arriving four days faster on average. The solution also reduced emissions by 9% overall.
Following Puerto Rico’s two devastating hurricanes, Irma and Maria, the Agility USA team in Chicago, Illinois, raised money and conducted a food drive to benefit friends, family and others affected by the storms and subsequent power loss.
After Hurricane Harvey, Agility USA employees raised more than $52,000 in donations for necessary supplies for Houston-based co-workers who experienced housing and other material losses.
Agility employees in Irvine, California, created a health campaign challenge titled Get Ready, Get Set, STEP! involving 100 employees in branches across North America and Canada to raise money for charity.