Sustainability at UPS
Sustainability is an inherent part of UPS’s strategy and business operations. As a global leader in logistics and supply chain solutions, we transport packages and freight, facilitate international trade, and apply advanced technology to efficiently manage the world of business. In this role, we have the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the supply chains of many businesses.
Our integrated network and scale position us to transport and deliver products for many of our customers more efficiently than they could do on their own. Therefore, operating more sustainably benefits not only UPS, but also our customers, reducing the emissions intensity of supply chains worldwide. Given the far-reaching impacts of all that we do, UPS has set an ambitious goal to reduce the absolute GHG emissions of our global ground operations 12 percent by 2025. This goal is backed by three supporting targets to spur the use of renewable fuels and new technologies throughout our operations: by 2020, one in four of the vehicles we purchase will employ alternative fuel or advanced technology; by 2025, 40 percent of all ground fuel will come from sources other than conventional fuels and 25 percent of total electricity will come from renewable sources. Our scale works in our favor here as well: our investments in innovative technologies pave the way for sustainable benefits and market adoption.
Scale benefits us in other ways, too. We employ more than 481,000 people and reach thousands of communities across more than 220 countries and territories. As a result, our view of sustainability is broad and interconnected, extending beyond the environment to include the long-term economic viability of our business and that of our customers, the empowerment of our people, and the needs of communities around the world. Employee safety is a top priority and we have set goals to reduce instances of lost-time injuries and auto accidents. And we are a valued community partner. By the end of 2020, UPS aims to have volunteered 20 million hours, planted 15 million trees, and made $117 million in annual charitable contributions through The UPS Foundation.