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JAS Worldwide Celebrates Earth Month with Global Environmental Initiatives  

April 30, 2024
JAS team members around the world celebrated Earth Month.
JAS team members around the world celebrated Earth Month.

JAS team members worldwide celebrated Earth Month through various activities aimed at promoting sustainability and conservation. From beach cleanups to tree planting, each activity reflected JAS's dedication to making a positive difference in local communities and beyond. 

In Germany, China, and Panama, JAS team members joined forces to plant over 1,300 trees. In Germany's Lower Saxony, to promote ecological resilience, employees chose a diverse range of tree species that they knew would thrive in the local climate and soil conditions. Similarly, in Xiamen, China, the JAS branch organized a poignant tree planting event aimed at enriching urban greenery and enhancing the cityscape, reflecting the team's commitment to sustainable development. Meanwhile, in Panama, JAS Panama collaborated with local organizations to plant native trees within the Camino de Cruces National Park, a vital initiative aimed at restoring habitats and preserving the region's rich biodiversity. 

Simultaneously, in Taiwan, the Netherlands, Lithuania, and Sweden, JAS team members united their efforts as they cleaned up costal shorelines and forests, embodying their shared commitment to environmental preservation. With gloves on and bags in hand, they combed the beaches, collecting everything from plastic bottles to cigarette butts, restoring the natural beauty of the their local communities. 

In Brazil, JAS team members partnered with the NGO Iracambi, and headed into the Atlantic rainforest to engage in various volunteer activities aimed at preserving this vital ecosystem. Through hands-on experiences like tree planting for reforestation and participating in educational workshops on sustainable practices, the Brazil team demonstrated their commitment to protecting biodiversity and promoting environmental awareness. 

Andrea Goeman, Senior Vice President of QHSE & Sustainability, commented, "From tree planting to coastal cleanups, our collective actions reflect our dedication to making a real and tangible difference in the communities we serve. Through collaboration and shared responsibility, our teams contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future for generations to come." 

As Earth Month ends, JAS Worldwide stands proud of the collective efforts made by our global team to champion environmental stewardship. From tree planting endeavors in Germany, China, and Panama to coastal cleanups in Taiwan, Netherlands, and Sweden, and conservation efforts in Brazil's Atlantic rainforest, each initiative underscores our commitment to safeguarding the planet for future generations. These efforts exemplify the spirit of collaboration and shared responsibility that defines JAS, inspiring us to continue our journey towards a more sustainable world. Together, we are paving the way for a greener, cleaner tomorrow. 

The Transformative Power of Corporate Volunteering: JAS and the Bruni Foundation's "Pay It Forward" Program

JAS Staff
October 12, 2023
In recent years, corporate volunteering has gained prominence as a powerful force for positive change. JAS is an advocate of this approach, as demonstrated by our commitment to the Bruni Foundation's "Pay It Forward" program.
In recent years, corporate volunteering has gained prominence as a powerful force for positive change. JAS is an advocate of this approach, as demonstrated by our commitment to the Bruni Foundation's "Pay It Forward" program.

Corporate volunteering has emerged as a potent force for positive change in recent years. Companies are increasingly recognizing their role in supporting local communities and contributing to the greater good.

At JAS, we are advocates for this transformative approach, and our commitment is exemplified through the Bruni Foundation's "Pay It Forward" program.

The Significance of Corporate Volunteering

Corporate volunteering transcends charity; it embodies corporate responsibility and a commitment to making a meaningful impact beyond the company's direct business and operations. Companies possess the unique capacity to leverage their resources and expertise to support causes that matter most to the communities they serve. This proactive approach aligns with a broader vision of corporate citizenship, where social and environmental stewardship are integral components of a company's identity.

The Bruni Foundation: A Catalyst for Change

The Bruni Foundation is an integral part of JAS Worldwide, and its mission around supporting social and environmental causes. Rooted in the belief that businesses should be agents of positive change, the foundation primarily focuses on four key United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Quality Education, No Poverty, Clean Water and Sanitation, and Zero Hunger. Yet, understanding the essential role and current challenges towards the environment and the well-being of societies, the Bruni Foundation also actively supports initiatives that promote responsible environmental stewardship.

Under the Bruni Foundation's guiding principles, the "Pay It Forward" program empowers JAS employees to take the lead in becoming ambassadors of change. We encourage and provide resources and support for their volunteer proposals. Moreover, employees can use up to 16 hours of their working time to carry out these projects. We aim to cultivate a culture of empathy, social responsibility, and community engagement within our organization and beyond.

In Times of Crisis: The Need for Corporate Volunteering

During times of crisis, such as the challenges posed by environmental degradation and social inequalities, the "Pay It Forward" program takes on even greater significance going forward. The Bruni Foundation recognizes the importance of supporting the communities and environment in which JAS operates. By doing so, we aim to create a ripple effect of positive change that extends far beyond our organization.

Are you curious to learn about some of the projects supported by the Bruni Foundation? Stay tuned for inspiring stories of positive changes and empowerment in our communities. Here are some of the most recent ones: JAS Team Members Take Action for the Planet on Earth Day and JAS and the Bruni Foundation Provide Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine.

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JAS Indonesia Team at the Local School, Sharing Books and Smiles on International Literacy Day 2023.
Empowering Futures: JAS Indonesia Celebrates International Literacy Day

JAS Indonesia, in partnership with the Bruni Foundation, marked International Literacy Day (ILD) by organizing the "Book Donations for World Literacy Day" event on September 8, 2023. Led by JAS Sustainability Ambassador Sigit Yulianto, this event exemplified the team's dedication to championing literacy as a fundamental human right and their commitment to positively impacting the community.

Held at a local school, the ILD event showcased the incredible potential of collective community action. Its success was driven by a joint effort: prior to the event, the JAS office initiated a book donation campaign among its employees, and a group of JAS Indonesia colleagues volunteered to represent JAS at the local school. However, the event went beyond mere book donations; the team also shared food, drinks, and moments of joy, fostering an atmosphere of unity that enriched the day.

The teams' actions serve as a reminder that when individuals and organizations unite for a common purpose, they can create positive change. Literacy is not merely about reading; it is a pathway to a brighter future for all.  

The Sustainability Ambassadors at JAS play a key role in spearheading and executing sustainability initiatives. They are driven by a passion for creating a more sustainable organization and work closely with the Worldwide sustainability team and key stakeholders. Their expertise and influence serve as catalysts for transformation, inspiring and guiding others to contribute to a greener and more inclusive future.  

International Literacy Day has been observed globally on September 8 since 1967, emphasizing the significance of literacy as a basic human right. It also serves as a call to advance progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) on education and lifelong learning.

The third shipment of humanitarian assistance from JAS and the Bruni Foundation reached Ukraine where it is being distributed.
JAS Worldwide and Bruni Foundation Successfully Provide Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine

The humanitarian aid provided by JAS Worldwide in partnership with the Bruni Foundation "Charity Across Borders" in April of this year has successfully reached those in need in Ukraine. The aid was safely discharged at the warehouse and has been gradually released to two official charity organizations for further distribution at their charity points or individual visits.

The aid consisted of various products, including food, medical supplies, and clothing, which have been distributed to individuals and families affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The aid has been a source of relief for many people who have struggled to find basic necessities.

The charity organizations responsible for distributing the aid have reported that it has been successfully delivered to those in need, including disabled individuals, veterans, and families who have migrated from occupied or damaged territories. The aid was distributed through a well-organized and effective system, ensuring that it reaches those who need it the most.

The generosity and support of the JAS community and the Bruni Foundation reflect the company's commitment to the greater community and highlight the fact that at JAS, people really do make the difference.

JAS Team Members Across the Globe Take Action for a More Sustainable Future.
JAS Team Members Take Action for the Planet

JAS is committed to a sustainable future, and as part of this commitment, JAS team members all across the globe participated in local sustainability initiatives. As part of our Earth Day initiative employees were encouraged to take action and make a positive impact in their communities.  

In Mexico, team members spearheaded a recycling initiative in partnership with ECOCE, collecting PET bottles and cans. The recycled materials were exchanged for an electronic voucher, which was donated to a local public institution in exchange for food that could be distributed to the community. Similarly, in Guangzhou, China, JAS held a clothing recycling collection to reduce their environmental impact.

JAS team members and their families also participated in coastal clean-up events across the globe, collecting hundreds of kilograms of plastic debris, litter, and other waste. By preventing these materials from polluting oceans, rivers, and lakes, the team is helping to preserve animal life and the beauty of our planet. For example, in Qingdao, China, over 20 team members cleaned up 16,000 square meters of public space and removed 20 kgs of garbage.

Andrea Goeman, SVP of Sustainability at JAS, emphasized JAS’ proactive approach to sustainability and its dedication to environmental initiatives. "We believe in taking a proactive and approach to sustainability and creating a positive impact in the communities where we live and work. This Earth Day, we are proud of everyone’s efforts to create a sustainable future for all," she said.

These global initiatives are just a few examples of JAS' commitment to sustainability and our efforts to make a positive difference in their communities. Together we are creating a greener and cleaner tomorrow!

Every Day is Earth Day at JAS Worldwide

JAS Worldwide, a leading international freight forwarding and logistics company, is proud to announce that it has successfully achieved the silver certificate by the rating agency EcoVadis, placing JAS in the 78th percentile of those companies evaluated.

EcoVadis, an internationally recognized and independent rating agency, evaluates companies' performance and their supply chains on environmental, social, and ethical topics. The award recognizes JAS's longstanding commitment to corporate social responsibility.

Moving forward, JAS is committed to the ongoing improvement of its corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability. We look forward to continued improvement in all CSR areas throughout 2021.

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