Driving Innovation, Not Just Mitigation

  • Methods for embedding sustainability across diverse areas of an organization
  • Avoiding “pinball leadership” to stay focused on achieving long-term objectives
  • Setting a goal is not a strategy: why reporting information is only a step on the path towards progress, not progress itself
  • Leading with responsibility to influence and optimize culture
  • Exploring the FedEx goal to electrify its pickup and delivery fleet globally, and how the company approached setting an ambitious overall goal of carbon neutral global operations by 2040

Mitch Jackson
Chief Sustainability Officer


As Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer for FedEx Corporation, Mitch Jackson leads the strategic direction and provides vision for all aspects of the company’s sustainability initiatives and environmental innovations and technologies.

Jackson helped envision and pioneer the implementation of hybrid and electric vehicles in the FedEx fleet, and ultimately in commercial vehicles. He was also instrumental in successfully securing first-ever national fuel economy standards and greenhouse gas requirements for commercial vehicles, He championed the first FedEx solar energy system in 2005, with it being California’s then largest corporate rooftop array. He was also the key driver for the establishment of the first FedEx sustainability goals and has responsibility for current and future goals.

In 2012 the British newspaper The Guardian named him as one of the top 15 sustainable business executives on Twitter. He was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders by Trust Across America for four consecutive years. In 2014 Green Fleet Magazine named Jackson a Sustainability All Star for his contributions to environmental sustainability. And, in 2009 Ethisphere Institute named Jackson as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.

Jackson is currently a member of the Keystone Policy Center’s Board of Trustees, executive committee and Energy Board, and a board member of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. He has also served as environmental juror for the Heinz Awards.