Every day, UPS delivers nearly 17 million packages by air, land and sea. We’re constantly operating within the environment, so it’s important that we do our part to preserve and protect it, long-term. UPS founder Jim Casey established The UPS Foundation, the company’s charitable arm, in 1951 with a mission to help build stronger and more resilient communities around the world. Currently, The Foundation provides financial and employee volunteer support to environmental programs with a focus on reforestation and conservation, carbon reduction efforts and environmental research/education. To us, giving means more than writing a check. It means combining employees’ skill, passion and time with our logistics expertise, transportation assets and charitable donations to make a measurable difference in society. As our communities continue to grow and evolve, so do we. The Foundation’s current philanthropic approach represents the purpose of Our mission and reflect UPS’s corporate values and expertise. A Growing Commitment Preserving the world’s forests is critical to reducing carbon, combating climate change and protecting the planet’s atmosphere. Investing in reforestation also builds resiliency in our communities by creating jobs and protecting against erosion and mudslides. In 2011, we launched the Global Forestry Initiative to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and rural areas around the world. Through The UPS Foundation and select organizations, we have planted more than seven million trees in 52 countries since 2011. These trees have been planted by organizations that received grants from The UPS Foundation, as well as UPS employees and their families and friends. Partner organizations include: World Wildlife Fund, National Arbor Day Foundation, Earth Day Network, Keep America Beautiful, The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Foundation. For the past five years, UPS employees in Pennsylvania supported this initiative by participating in Plant a Tree at Flight 93. During that time period, 100 UPSers have planted 10,000 seedlings. The Foundation has donated more than 140,000 trees (saplings and established trees) to continue the reforestation of the reclaimed mining land at the Flight 93 National Memorial. In 2015, UPS announced a pledge to plant 15 million trees around the world by the end of 2020 — a bold expansion of the Global Forestry Initiative. In addition to helping restore some of the world’s most important forests, this initiative will have a humanitarian impact across many emerging markets. Fuels & Fleets UPS is faced with a complex challenge daily. How do we deliver more while using less? UPS has always been an early adopter of innovative technologies. In the early 1930s, we introduced electric vehicles into our fleet. Today, we operate one of the industry’s largest private alternative fuel and advanced technology fleets made up of more than 7,200 low-emissions vehicles. About 12 percent of the conventional diesel and gasoline fuel previously used by UPS’s ground fleet is now being replaced by alternative fuels Including renewable natural gas and renewable diesel. We now drive more than 1 million alternative fuel and advanced technology miles each business day. Our alternative fleet has driven more than 1 billion miles since 2000. Technology Drives Efficiency Technology has helped us fine-tune multiple aspects of our operations. ORION (On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation) is an example of our recent technological advancements. It has improved route planning for our drivers who average 120 delivery stops on a typical day in the U.S. ORION software stores 250 million addresses and specific locations with required delivery and pickup times, then uses that data to calculate the most fuel-efficient route. When fully deployed to all U.S. routes, we expect to reduce the distance driven by our drivers by 100 million miles annually and achieve a 100,000 metric ton reduction in CO2 emissions. That is equivalent to taking 21,000 passenger cars off the road for a year, according to the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Have you ever heard that UPS drivers avoid making left turns? Well, it is true. We’ve discovered that a significant cause of idling time resulted from drivers making left turns, essentially going against the flow of traffic. Left turns take more time, use more gas, and expose vehicles to being hit by oncoming traffic. By avoiding left turns and driving in a series of right-hand loops, more packages can be delivered in less time with reduced emissions. It not only increases efficiency and helps meet customer demands, but it increases safety. Connected Community At UPS, there’s a culture that supports community service, helping us harness our collective effort in ways that make a real difference around the globe. That’s why we recently pledged to complete 20 million hours of global volunteerism and community service by the end of 2020. For more than 30 years, UPS has supported the work of United Way. It is another way for us to connect with the communities in which we live and work. We are addressing important issues such as early-grade reading, high school graduation rates and financial stability. But we couldn’t create this positive impact on society without the overwhelming help and support of our employees. Since 1982, UPS and our employees — both active and retired — have donated more than $1 billion to United Way, becoming the first company to reach this philanthropic milestone. In addition, the Sustainability Ambassador program is a global network of UPSers committed to doing more to positively impact communities and our environment. More than 5,000 UPSers around the world have joined the team to take part in challenges and activities, build their knowledge and skills and find new ways to collaborate to achieve real results. We’re more than UPS employees. We are your neighbors. We live and work in your community, and we are dedicated to volunteering time, sharing knowledge and donating funds to make it better. For more information about UPS’s philanthropic and volunteerism efforts, please visit www.UPS.com/Foundation. To view the company’s most recent Corporate Sustainability Report visit ups.com/sustainability.
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