We have also established the UPS Humanitarian Experts on Mission Program, which places UPS logistics experts on long-term assignment to our partner organizations. One of these experts is Jim Coughlan, a UPSer for more than 30 years. Coughlan helped increase The UPS Foundation’s impact when he recognized that the supply chain expertise UPS often shared with customers could also be used to address public health and humanitarian challenges. After a brief retirement, Coughlan was invited by The UPS Foundation to share these practices as a Supply Chain Expert on Mission.
Today, he and three others travel the globe to provide support for leading humanitarian agencies such as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme, Gavi, and The Global Fund. “I’ve traveled to many remote and difficult environments and countries during this part of my life,” Coughlan says. “And each of the people I meet, NGO partners, or families living in remote villages of these countries are extremely appreciative of what UPS and The UPS Foundation are accomplishing. We have an obligation to help, and our help is needed and welcomed.”
No matter how robust a local supply chain, a major disaster can change everything in an instant. When the unthinkable happens, UPS experts are ready to respond, coordinating the supplies and support needed to get communities back on track.
We also established the UPS Humanitarian Experts on Mission Program, which places UPS logistics experts on long-term assignment to our partner organizations.