Making Our Mark

An Obligation to Improve Our World

An Obligation to Improve Our World

Our commitment to improving the world is embodied in our Purpose: Empower people today to build a better future for the next generation. Cox Enterprises was founded by James M. Cox in 1898 with the purchase of a daily newspaper in Dayton, Ohio and an unwavering dedication to public service. Today, it has grown and evolved into an innovator in the broadband and transportation mobility industries, with nearly 50,000 employees and $20 billion in revenue. What hasn’t changed is our pledge to always do the right thing. We’re taking care of our employees, giving back to our communities and working to solve the most pressing problems of our time.

Learn more about how our company and our employees are Making Our Mark. View and download Our Collective Impact and the James M. Cox Foundation Report 2019-2020.

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Throughout our history, Cox has worked to grow our businesses and leave the world in a better place. I’m proud of the work we’re doing today to lead the way toward a brighter future, and excited by the vision of what more we can accomplish together.

- Jim Kennedy, Chairman

Our Impact Goals

Everything we do is grounded in our Purpose to build a better future for the next generation. We strive to Make Our Mark in leaving the world a better place for future generations by Caring for People, Protecting the Planet and Innovating for Impact. Those three pillars are the roadmap for achieving our goals and reflect how we can make the greatest impact to help solve some of the most pressing challenges of our time through individual and collective actions.

Caring for People

Ensure our employees and communities thrive


Empower 34 million people to live more prosperous lives by 2034

Improve executive people of color representation by 50% over 5 years

Spend $1 billion annually with diverse-owned suppliers by 2026

Protecting the Planet

Leave the planet better for future generations


Zero waste to landfill by 2024

Carbon neutral by 2034

Water neutral by 2034



Innovating for Impact

Drive innovation that improves the world


Become a multibillion-dollar cleantech business by 2030




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I look back at the last 122 years of this family-held business and I’m humbled by all the challenges that we have overcome. We’ve made it through two world wars, depressions and a pandemic much like the one we’re seeing now. It’s amazing to me to see what the great people of Cox have overcome together over the years.

- Alex Taylor, President and CEO