Agility Pakistan has been associated with The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF) since 2010. TCF is a professionally managed, non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens concerned with the dismal state of education in Pakistan. It is now one of Pakistan’s leading organizations in the field of formal education. As of 2014, TCF has established 1,000 purpose-built school units across 100 towns and cities, providing education to 145,000 students.
Agility launched a global fundraising campaign to raise funds to support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The proceeds from this project went toward a cash transfer program for Syrian refugees living in Jordan.
As part of the Asia Pacific (APAC) Leadership Development Program, Agility leaders took on a “stretch assignment” to identify how to increase the pipeline of female employees transitioning to executive and director-level positions within the company. Working across 15 countries, the group gathered data and conducted a perception survey to understand the current state of women leadership in Agility and build the business case for women’s empowerment. In interviews, external experts provided guidance on how to implement successful women’s empowerment programs based on experience from other companies.
Based on the evidence, a strong majority of surveyed women feel that their managers support gender equality and women’s career development, allow for flexible working arrangements, and do not assume that women with families are not interested in career advancement. However, a few key challenges will need to be overcome in order to reach an ambitious goal of a 30% increase in women’s participation in leadership positions.
From the mix of internal and external information, the team was able to identify where to prioritize, as well as how to implement programs that work. First, Agility must improve the regularity of data on gender indicators, including gender pay differentials and maternity leave return rates. Second, leadership should engage more proactively on the topic. Lastly, the logistics industry must grapple with low proportions of female candidates at the junior level. According to the findings from this project, Agility APAC is working to increase women’s leadership in the region. For example, the proportion of women selected for the regional Management Development Program jumped from 10% to 50% from 2015 to 2018.
Agility Turkey employees initiated a campaign to help raise awareness on environmental preservation amongst local primary school students. In addition, new water taps were installed to upgrade school facilities in order to improve resource consumption. The Agility volunteers also delivered lectures to students to highlight different ways to improve resource consumption and save water.
As part of the Logistics Emergency Teams (LET), Agility donated 2,000 sqm of warehouse for two months to store emergency food assistance for 750,000 people displaced by Hurricane Mathew in Haiti. In addition, a team of 11 experienced Agility logisticians flew into Haiti to support the relief efforts on the ground.
Agility supported the Environmental Protection Agency with several events throughout 2016, which included beach clean-ups, plastics recycling, and awareness raising workshops about water conservation, waste and general environmental preservation.
Agility Kuwait and Kuwait Healthy Living, a non-profit, conducted a two-month campaign that promoted sustainable community gardening and healthy eating among primary school students.
Agility chemicals safety experts introduced and identified the different classes of chemicals to the students and educated them on the various safety measures that should be taken to avoid any hazardous effects.