Our proactive approach to Sustainability led us to Develop EFL ‘Viva’. VIVA was selected as it defines the world we live in, the resources we use and the changes we need to make. It is the driving force of our efforts to enhance the long term sustainability of all stakeholders - helping customers pioneer sustainable logistics solutions, engaging with suppliers to discover fresh methods of delivering freight more efficiently, increasing the connections among employees and exploring means to give back.
Our comprehensive approach includes policies and strategies commonly applicable to our worldwide operations across four pillars - Environmental Sustainability, Safety, Labour/HR and Community Involvement allowing us to have a complete overview of this area. Moving forward some of our key initiatives will include
· Adopt Green Building Practices in Owned warehouses
· Increase usage of Airway bills and targets for recycling
· Reduce Air and sea carbon emissions by 2% in 2018
· Host Workshops on Environment and Pollution to build awareness
· Continued Support for educational projects in the Sub Continent
"AlorPothe", meaning 'Towards the Light' is an EFL Bangladesh initiated school project in partnership with Sanjog Bangladesh. This education facility for underprivileged children provides funding and other necessary support to two schools currently managed by Sanjog Bangladesh. The programme empowers child mentors from the community, fostering their leadership skills to work with juniors in addressing problems faced by children from underprivileged communities.
The programme focusses on: basic and functional literacy, life skills education, recreation and co-curricular activities, reproductive healthcare and hygiene education, livelihood support to mothers and children and strengthening youth leadership capacity.
The Thiruvallur Ethical Education Service in Tamil Nadu, India aims to provide ethics-based quality education to underprivileged children entirely free of charge. EFL India sponsors 75 of the school's total 250 student count, taking care of both their education and meals. EFL India also organized a creative and interactive workshop "Spark" to engage with the children, a first step in a programme we hope to continue and strengthen.
EFL India's newest project is with Future Family for Children, a private, non-profit, non-sectarian agency operating homes that care for women in need, mentally and physically challenged children as well as orphans. This alliance will lead to a Training Centre under the Learn to Earn project that will focus on helping physically and intellectually disabled children become financially independent.
A dedicated volunteer team of 65 EFL staff members have taken on a project to support and develop a school and uplift the lives of the community in the Meethotamulla area in Sri Lanka. The project is phased in three stages, beginning with the development of Sri Rahula Vidyalaya Meethotamulla, followed by support for the families of the school's students, and development of the community.
The first phase of this project was initiated in November 2015 with an initial visit to the school. Volunteers cleaned the school premises and later provided support for the school's sports meet, a donation of almost 200 books to the school library, carried out renovation and repairs to the computer labs and other school facilities, and sponsored a volunteer teacher to work with the school.
Plans are currently underway to enhance the school's facilities and conduct training and development programmes for the children. This will soon be followed by phases 2 and 3.