Sustainability News

Agility moved 150,000 bars of soap across the country for a global consumer goods company that donated soap to humanitarian organizations in Indonesia, including UNICEF, as part of its COVID-19 response. Watch how our team navigated geographic complexities and lockdown measures.

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Our increasingly warmer world has an impact on the safety and comfort of our employees, as well as our energy costs. Agility Hong Kong invested in four industrial High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) fans that cool down the high temperature of the warehouses on hot summer days, keeping employees comfortable.

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Agility E-Services Center in Hyderabad, India started a donation program in 2016, where 17 employees organize a collection and donation drive to provide stationery supplies to schools across India, and support a local shelter with groceries.

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In November 2019, Agility Singapore made the move to 100% renewable electricity by installing solar panels on the rooftops of all of our facilities. The total array will have more than 6 thousand panels and has a capacity of over 2 mega-watt peak. 100% renewable energy generated from the panels will cover all of Agility’s energy needs additional power will go back into Singapore’s energy grid. The solar PV installation is the largest for Agility Asia-Pacific so far.

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This June, Agility Spain has committed to source 100% renewable energy for all facilities (offices and warehouses). The renewable sourcing guarantee comes in the form of renewable energy credits (RECs) from Nexus Energía, a renewable energy provider active in Spain, Portugal and Germany.

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National Aviation Services (NAS) has joined the Ugandan Civil Aviation Authority’s efforts to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by introducing electric forklifts and tractors into its operations in the country. Twelve new electric vehicles replace traditional diesel-fueled equipment for baggage and cargo handling around the aircrafts, ensuring a quieter and cleaner working environment in the baggage sorting area. By switching from fuel to electric-powered equipment, there are several environmental benefits, including reduced petroleum and fuel consumption and improved air quality, particularly at indoor facilities. The equipment is also smaller in size, occupying lesser space and leaving more room for maneuvering. Investments like these are not just good for the environment, but lead to operational savings.

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The Middle East, where we have our largest operational footprint, is a climate hotspot. Cheap, abundant fossil fuels means electricity consumed there typically generates more carbon-equivalent emissions per kilowatt hour than in other regions. Summer temperatures are projected to rise twice as fast as the global average, with temperatures above 46°C more than five times as likely by 2050.

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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%.

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An Agility Switzerland employee completed a bicycle ride from London to Paris to raise money for Bloodwise, a UK based charity driving research into the 137 types of blood cancer. Agility supported her efforts by making a financial contribution to Bloodwise to support cancer research. Blood cancer, such as Leukemia, is the third largest cancer killer in the world, claiming more lives than breast or prostate cancer each year. The funds raised will assist in research that will help nearly 8 in 10 children with Leukemia survive.

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An Agility UK employee participated in the Palestine Marathon to support the SKT Welfare Charity’s water desalination project in Gaza, which aims to provide clean, drinkable water to the civilians in Palestine, where almost 90% of the water is undrinkable. The amount raised was enough to run SKT Welfare’s desalination plants for 16 days, or almost 800,000 liters of water.

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Four Agility Chemicals employees, based in Liverpool, U.K., volunteered their time to give a chemical safety workshop to nearly 200 students, ages 9-11 years old. In addition to giving safety tips and knowledge on chemical safety at home, the employees also gave students insights into the world of supply chain logistics.

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The Agility Liverpool Chemicals team collected more than 140 pyjamas for “Pyjama Party Liverpool”, an annual collection drive for low-income families. Through posting posters for surrounding offices to donate, they were able to collect 146 pyjamas for babies, children and young people, in a short period of time.

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In coordination with the Dewan Kampung Maju Jaya, a local non-profit organization in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Agility employees procured and distributed essential household items to 15 families (60 people) affected by floods. The food baskets included sugar, salt, cooking oil, canned food, rice, soap, and detergent, among other goods.

Disaster Response

Humanitarian Operations

In Depok, West Java, Indonesia, Agility helped build a computer lab for a local high school. The set-up of the lab included 15 computers, internet set up and two air conditioning units, beneifiting 174 students at the school. The new computer lab will help students learn basic computer skills and, most importantly, give them access to national exams that will help them graduate.

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An Agility employee in the Netherlands supported a local charity by helping sort and ship school equipment to Albania. A group of 14 volunteers collected 220 tables and chairs from a local elementary school, sorted them by size, stacked and loaded them in a truck with several large bags of donated clothes, to ready them for a shipment to Albania. Schools in Albania received the shipment in October.

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In Colombia, Agility employees worked with Fundacion Nueva Vida Para Todos to set up a computer lab for 120 students in Bogotá. The computer lab, which benefits students from 4-17 years old, includes 13 computers donated by Agility, and gives students the chance to take computer training courses and provides them with open spaces for collaboration. With Agility’s support, Fundacion Nueva Vida Para Todos has been able to schedule regular computer classes and open the lab on Saturdays for students to use for schoolwork and research.

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