"Our employees are making a difference in the communities where they live and work. Caring for others and the world around us is a key element of our company culture. One way we demonstrate this value is through charitable giving and volunteering." - Tim C. Barber, President, Expeditors Global Sales and Marketing
Expeditors has always been involved in the communities where we live and work. Our global branches give back to their communities by supporting local charities, children's programs and volunteering time on outreach projects. Through these local or "grass-roots" efforts, a tremendous amount of time, commitment and money has been put towards bettering the communities where Expeditors does business.
We know that with over 13,000 employees worldwide, we have the potential to make a big impact.
In 2008, a program at Expeditors' Corporate Headquarters was implemented to hire high school students not intending to go to college. The idea was based on experience from Dan Wall, a current Senior Vice President of Expeditors, who was hired directly out of high school. There are many reasons why some high school students do not go on to college. Some simply cannot afford it while others are just not motivated to obtain a college degree. At Expeditors, we understand this and know there are students who would jump at the opportunity to work in a professional environment - they just need to be given the chance. The program is called Opportunity Knocks.
Opportunity Knocks is based on the idea of hiring high school students part time, with the opportunity to gain full time employment. The young person receives mentoring and has the opportunity to develop basic job skills. If the student graduates high school and completes the part time job at or above expectations, then either a continuing part time position that allows the pursuit of further education or a full time position with benefits is pursued. Several of the Opportunity Knocks employees are now pursuing higher education and are the 1st generation to do so in their family.
The following U.S. branch offices are involved: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Baltimore, MD; Cleveland, OH; Charlotte, NC; Dallas, TX; Indianapolis, IN; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Kansas City, MO; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; San Diego, CA; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA, Kent, WA. More offices will begin participating in the Expeditors Opportunity Knocks program in 2013
Corporate Voices for Working Families published a business case that highlights Expeditors' Opportunity Knocks program in 2011.