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Sustainability Insights and Updates | April 2020
We Got You
Suzanne Lindsay-Walker

We Got You

By Suzanne Lindsay-Walker
UPS Chief Sustainability Officer

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our lives, our supply chains, and our businesses unlike anything we've ever seen. Every day, I'm in awe of the people on the front lines – the healthcare workers, grocery store employees, and delivery drivers – who remind us who the world's real heroes are.

Not only are our drivers transporting critical personal protective equipment (PPE) and life-saving medicines, UPS is also providing logistics and humanitarian aid where it's needed most. We've tapped into our global network to collaborate on drive-up testing sites, provide supply chain services for life-saving healthcare materials, and mobilize more than $6 million in response aid.

While we're navigating these uncertain and somewhat scary times, it's also been inspiring to see the outpouring of gratitude for essential employees on the front-line – from rounds of applause as nurses and doctors change shifts, to customer encouragement for UPS drivers.  

This month also marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and I would be remiss to not acknowledge and honor the milestone that launched the modern environmental movement. Below, Dan Lambe of the Arbor Day Foundation discusses our partnership on reforestation efforts in urban areas. Earth Day Network, a long-time grantee of The UPS Foundation, has shared a few relevant topics, including 11 Actions for the Planet During a Pandemic and How to Get Out Safely in Nature While Social Distancing.

Recently, we invested in UK-based electric vehicle start-up Arrival and committed to nearly doubling our alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. We also announced renewable natural gas commitments that will accelerate our goals to reduce emissions across our operations.

A mindset of resiliency underpins everything we do at UPS, from helping communities respond to a global pandemic, to creating more sustainable practices that strengthen our business for a changing world. Throughout our history, UPS has met challenges through innovation and collaboration. We will continue to partner with stakeholders to ensure we come back stronger from this crisis.

Dan Lambe

Planting a better tomorrow

By Dan Lambe
President, Arbor Day Foundation

As we rush to address the urgent, overwhelming global coronavirus pandemic, it's easy to overlook the long-term support systems that maintain our health and wellness.

For those sequestered in city apartments, with no access to parks, green spaces or even trees, the sense of loss is very tangible right now. Of course, that feeling pales in comparison to those dealing with the loss of a loved one or friend due to the unforgiving coronavirus — but it's a sentiment we must also confront for society at large.

In the weeks and months before the pandemic, we heard a growing chorus of voices on the enormous value of trees and forests. There is an increasing power and momentum around the concept that tree planting is the simplest, most effective and economical solution to some of our world's most pressing environmental problems.

As we honor Earth Day and Arbor Day, we know trees play an essential role in solutions to challenges such as air and water quality, mental health in urban settings and global wellness.

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