A Message from Cox Enterprises
Chairman Jim Kennedy
To Our Stakeholders:
Cox Enterprises’ second Corporate Social Responsibility Report comes at a special moment in the history of our company – the 10th anniversary of the national sustainability program we call Cox Conserves. In the decade since we launched this landmark initiative, we have achieved steady and meaningful progress against our three goals: sending zero waste to landfill by 2024 and becoming carbon and water neutral by 2044. I am inspired by the commitment to these goals that I see across every part of our organization and the new ideas employees share with us. Cox’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility as a whole remains unwavering. More than ever, we seek to inspire eco-friendly activity among our employees, operations and communities. We believe it is important to be a positive contributor to society.
We approach this work with a simple philosophy: Actions, not words, define our success. Only an agile sustainability strategy, consistently executed, will lead us forward to reach our aggressive environmental goals. Ours is a culture that sets aside fruitless debate. When it comes to the environmental threats we face together, it’s clear that challenges abound and action is essential.
Whether it is by making our facilities more efficient and generating more clean energy, reducing our water consumption, or recycling or repurposing the materials we use – all are measures that improve our operational efficiency and make our businesses stronger. We are also expanding our reach beyond existing Cox businesses. Through our Seven Islands Environmental Solutions subsidiary, we are pursuing opportunities to incubate emerging sustainable technologies. I am excited about the opportunity to innovate and build businesses around new environmental solutions.
Cox Conserves is the centerpiece of our social responsibility agenda, but our commitments extend further, encompassing philanthropy, volunteerism and the development and engagement of our people. We’re proud of the James M. Cox Foundation’s leadership role to support innovative solutions to address important needs like strengthening early childhood education, expanding access to sustainably grown, locally sourced food, improving the experience of hospital patients receiving treatment for serious illnesses, and many others. Each year Cox employees volunteer thousands of hours of their time to support charities in their community. They represent a powerful source of good to improve lives and protect the environment. And within our businesses, we are committed to a workplace culture that is diverse and inclusive and that offers every employee a pathway to develop their talents and find fulfillment in their work.
As we continue our progress toward our sustainability goals, the 60,000 employees of Cox Enterprises represent an immense resource to drive even better outcomes. Today we’re finding new ways to leverage their talent, energy and commitment. Through Cox Conserves and You, we are engaging employees at a higher level, gathering their best ideas for operational improvement and motivating our colleagues to take sustainable actions in their personal lives. I’m enthusiastic about their contributions to date and look forward to the collective impact we will make in the years to come.
When I reflect upon our purpose as an organization, I am reminded of the unforgettable words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Today and every day, as individuals and as an organization, we want to answer that question with actions that benefit the communities we serve.