Community Safety

With focused efforts on community safety, equity and inclusion, the environment, and volunteerism, The UPS Foundation is upholding its mission to build safer, more resilient, and inclusive communities around the world. Learn more about our community safety work below:

We believe a safe community is the foundation of a thriving community. By combining our philanthropy with the passion of our people, UPS and UPSers strive to enhance the safety and resilience of communities through collaboration and engagement with organizations involved in humanitarian relief & resilience, global road safety, and human trafficking prevention programs.

Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program

Men securing tarps on humanitarian relief shipment

To have strong, productive communities, we must first have safe communities. So we've allocated financial support, emergency funding, and in-kind contributions to help support organizations including American Red Cross, Salvation Army, World Food Program, UNICEF, CARE, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The UPS Foundation's funding, along with UPS's logistics expertise, transportation resources, and skilled global workforce, assists these organizations in disaster preparedness, relief, and recovery efforts that allow them to respond more effectively and impact more lives.

The UPS Foundation with its humanitarian partners coordinates global relief and recovery efforts in response to hurricanes, fires, floods, cyclones, and Ebola outbreaks. UPS also provides ongoing support for the global refugee crises, transporting aid for families affected by conflicts. From addressing the global refugee crisis to on-the-ground response to natural disasters around the world, the Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program supports communities throughout the entire spectrum of preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.

Disaster Preparedness

We provide funding, personnel, training and other resources to equip global communities for long-term resilience. In Turkey, we collaborated with multiple partners to facilitate "Sağlam Kobi," a unique Business Disaster Resiliency Program meaning "Strong Small and Medium Size Enterprises" in Turkish. The program provides proactive training sessions and offers a suite of online resources including disaster preparedness checklists, risk assessment and mitigation action plans. Sağlam Kobi also engages businesses, emergency management agencies, and nonprofits to plan for catastrophic earthquakes and improve the businesses' readiness capabilities to withstand a disruption in operations during and after a crisis.

The UPS Foundation expanded the scope of Sağlam Kobi by partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Connecting Business initiative to create the Resilience in a Box Toolkit, which offers small businesses disaster resilience assessment tools, checklists, and a business continuity planning workbook. These tools help businesses be better prepared and more resilient in cases of humanitarian crisis. Resilience in a Box is available in French, Spanish, and English and the tools are applicable for global use while also easily adaptable for country-specific adjustments to increase relevance to national and local economies.

Urgent Humanitarian Relief

The UPS Foundation provides funding and logistics support to bolster the relief efforts of our partners. From addressing the global refugee crisis to on-the-ground response to storms around the world, the Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program supports communities so they are left stronger and more resilient than they were before disaster struck.

Our global reach and optimized network in more than 220 countries and territories gives us the ability to provide aid when and where it’s needed most. In addition to providing funds and in-kind assistance, UPS also partners with many of the world’s top humanitarian relief agencies such as the American Red Cross, CARE, Salvation Army, UN-OCHA, UNICEF, UNISDR, UNHCR, Good360, NVOAD, MedShare, WHO, Save the Children, and the World Food Programme.

The UPS Foundation Responds to COVID-19

The UPS Foundation is coordinating with multiple UPS business units to assist non-profit partners with cash and in-kind support, supply chain consultation, and moving critical relief items and personal protective equipment to the communities that have been hardest hit by the pandemic. The UPS Foundation has allocated $22 million in funds, in-kind support, and logistics support. This funding will assist current humanitarian efforts and continue to help local communities through the recovery phase. $6 million has been allocated toward Humanitarian Relief & Resilience program partners, United Way agencies and community-based nonprofits and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The remaining $15 million is being distributed in local neighborhoods through the recommendation of the business units, districts Community Involvement Committees and the global HR teams.

Post-Crisis Recovery

Recovering from a crisis can be even tougher than enduring it. Seeing through areas impacted by disaster to full recovery is a core component of The UPS Foundation’s Humanitarian Relief and Resilience Program. To make the process easier, The UPS Foundation provides resources and expertise that help disaster-stricken areas recover and rebuild more quickly and efficiently.

As communities around the world continued to recover from disasters, The UPS Foundation provided support through in-kind shipping of crucial recovery materials and items, collaborating with private and public partners to ensure access to financial and educational services and the tools and materials needed to rebuild. By convening organizations and using collaboration, our skills, and expertise, we provide the power to help communities recover more efficiently and more effectively.

Global Health System Strengthening

In collaboration with an extensive network of forward-thinking public and private partners, The UPS Foundation contributes financial support and logistics and supply chain expertise to bolster public health systems and enhance response and resilience in the face of complex health challenges. The UPS Foundation promotes access to immunization and life-saving healthcare products throughout the world through innovative delivery networks, thought leadership, and support for technological advancements that optimize end-to-end transport of medical supplies.

Last-mile Cold Chain Vaccine Delivery in Uganda

The UPS Foundation, in partnership with GAVI, The Global Fund, UPS ISMEA region, and the UPS Agent, Freight in Time, worked to expand the Uganda Last Mile Vaccine Delivery Network Solution, a ground- breaking solution demonstrating a successful public-private partnership. The result represents a coordination with the Uganda government, and our direct service partners, to establish Uganda’s first dedicated last-mile delivery network to ensure no child goes without essential childhood vaccines.

This project works to ensure equitable allocation of vaccines to facilities, maintain vaccine quality during distribution, create a sustainable and timely vaccine distribution process, and implement an end-to-end visibility system. The fleet of refrigerated delivery trucks, motorcycles, and boats operated by FIT provides scheduled delivery service to health centers and uses a custom app to provide delivery confirmation information, previously unavailable in Uganda. Throughout the delivery process, wireless temperature sensors ensure safe storage and delivery of the sensitive contents. The delivery network impact: an increase in vaccine coverage to communities served by 150 health facilities across Uganda.

UPS and GAVI Expand Vaccine Access for Children in Uganda

The UPS Humanitarian Experts on Mission Program

This program puts UPS’s top-notch logisticians on the ground to help address complex humanitarian challenges, placing skilled UPS employees into non-profit organizations and UN Agencies for short-term, project-based assignments. The program extends our ability to support international partner organizations by providing technical expertise in addition to our financial support and in-kind services. The program also fosters personal growth, providing our employees with a unique opportunity to expand their perspective and apply their skills in a non-traditional setting.

Experts on Mission: Examples of UPSers in Action

  • Jim Janetzko worked with the World Food Programme (WFP) to support global implementation of the Optimus supply chain tool, which maps business unit processes to enhance service performance and streamline efficiency to improve global response efforts.
  • Habib N’Konou, UPS Healthcare Strategy worked with The World Bank – Global Financing Facility as a member of the Supply Chain Working Group, including Merck for Mothers and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop the business case for the Mozambique Ministry of Health outsourcing its maternal health supply chain to the private sector. The focus area is the final mile delivery. Habib N’Konou also supported UNICEF in Congo Brazzaville to complete a landscape assessment of cold chain maintenance providers to help UNICEF enhance vaccine distribution to the region.
  • Tim Leary, UPS Customer Solutions, worked with the World Food Programme (WFP) and multiple key stakeholders to assess WFP’s nonfood items supply chain. He also supported the development of a solution blueprint for harmonized and integrated non-food items (NFI) management, considering the diverse business needs of different supply chain units and corporate IT quality standards and strategy.

The Logistics Emergency Team (LET)

The Logistics Emergency Team (LET) is a unique private partnership facilitated by the World Economic Forum, comprising four of the largest global logistics and transportation companies: Agility, Maersk, UPS, and DP World. Together, these four companies work with the Global Logistics Cluster, led by the World Food Programme, to identify crucial logistical gaps following international disasters and provide pro bono support for the humanitarian sector, from building capacity in vulnerable locations to responding after large-scale natural disasters. The result is efficient, effective efforts to relieve global crises.

Read more about the LET:

Logistics Action Team (LAT):

UPS Logistics Action Teams supports American Red Cross emergency response efforts in the U.S., leveraging our logistics expertise, network assets, and hands-on strength. The American Red Cross works directly with the UPS LAT coordinator to collaborate on in-kind support for emergency preparedness and response efforts, which are funded by The UPS Foundation.

UPS deploys approximately four LAT members each year to help the American Red Cross and partner agencies such as the Salvation Army respond to the urgent needs resulting from disasters. As an example, UPSer Craig Arnold was deployed after Hurricane Maria to ensure water and relief materials made it to Puerto Rico despite airport and road shutdowns. Read Craig Arnold’s story here.

Solutions in the Sky for Health System Strengthening

Leveraging technology has long been a focus for The UPS Foundation’s humanitarian response efforts. As a leading global logistics company, we believe that every community, no matter how remote, is within our reach. That’s why The UPS Foundation partnered with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Zipline, a California robotics company, to launch the world’s first national medical drone delivery network in Rwanda, and further expand to Ghana in 2019. This program addresses time-sensitive, last mile delivery, one of the most critical humanitarian challenges.

The program has been saving lives since its launch and continues to expand service to local health clinics across the country. The program includes deliveries of medicines, vaccines, and medical supplies made available to individuals at clinics for emergency and preventive care. If people know that doctors and nurses have access to the medicines and supplies they need, they may be more likely to visit a clinic, leading to improved health outcomes.

Mapping Damage After Harvey

Following the demonstrated success of the medical drone network in Africa, UPS applied a similar approach to partnership in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. To assist with recovery efforts, The UPS Foundation, American Red Cross, and drone manufacturer CyPhy Works, Inc., began a pilot project using a tethered drone to assess damage in areas affected by the storm. The pilot could serve as a future model for rapid disaster response.

In the past, Red Cross volunteers have gone door-to-door to assess damage to residents’ homes. When major flooding occurs and roads are impassable, this process can take weeks, further delaying recovery. CyPhy’s Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) system travels up to 400 feet in the air and is equipped with a high-powered camera that provides miles of visibility. This bird’s-eye view can identify homes with water damage, allowing responders to start offering aid before waters recede. PARC’s tethered feature makes it an ideal solution for disaster areas where there is significant ground to cover. It can continue flying while attached to a generator, providing uninterrupted coverage for days or weeks at a time.

When people are facing a health emergency or a natural disaster, every minute counts. Whether delivering urgently needed supplies or accurately and quickly assessing damage, The UPS Foundation is helping save lives and laying the groundwork for faster recovery and rebuilding worldwide.

For more information on the UPS Humanitarian Relief efforts download the UPS Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Whitepaper.

Also see the 2019 Year-in-Review: Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program.

For more information about our community safety programs as a whole, download the 2019 Social Impact Report.

Road Safety

Group of children who graduated UPS Road Code driver safety program

Year after year, UPS drivers are recognized for being among the safest drivers on the road. Their extensive training teaches them to always be aware of their surroundings and ready to react when necessary. Since motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teens in the US, we created the UPS Road Code® Teen Safe Driving Program in collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to share our successful training methods and educate young drivers on safe driving habits.

The state-of-the-art interactive program uses classroom instruction and virtual driving simulators to teach safe driving “code” or habits used by all UPS drivers. Our goal is to prepare these 13- to 18-year-old students, who have had little to no exposure to driving, for the real roads where distractions run rampant.

Since we launched this program in 2009, we have continued to expand the program with other organizations; we’ve trained more than 76,000 students in the U.S., Austria, China, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the U.K., and the UAE.

In Southeast Asia, motor scooters are the main means of transportation. UPS teamed up with the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP Foundation) to fund a life-saving initiative called Helmets for Kids in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Wearing a helmet correctly can reduce fatal injuries by 42 percent and reduce head injuries by nearly 70 percent, according to the World Health Organization. Through charitable contributions from The UPS Foundation, the AIP Foundation program has provided more than 50,000 helmets to young cyclists and AIP has worked with governments and police to raise awareness about helmet safety.

Going Further

UPS and global organizations, including the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), launched The Global Road Safety Initiative at the World Economic Forum (WEF). As part of this initiative, The UPS Foundation will provide more than 2,000 helmets and road safety training to primary school students in high-risk communities in India. The 2,000 scooter drivers receiving the training will then help create a safer environment for the other drivers sharing the road.

For more information on our road safety initiatives, download the UPS Road Safety Whitepaper or read our story here.

Human Trafficking

The multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise of human trafficking impacts hundreds of thousands in the United States and more than 20 million people globally. As a global transportation leader with a vast network of employees, UPS is uniquely positioned to help stop human trafficking. The UPS Foundation invest in organizations that are combating trafficking, educating the community, and supporting survivors and collaborate with cross-functional partnerships throughout UPS.

In 2016, UPS joined forces with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a Colorado based non-profit, whose mission is teach truck drivers how to recognize the signs of sex trafficking. We have now provided training to our entire U.S. driving operations, more than 100,000 drivers and supervisors, including delivery providers and over the road semi-tractor trailer drivers. UPS also supports TAT with in-kind transportation of TAT’s Freedom Drivers Project, which uses a semi-tractor trailer equipped with educational resources to serve as a mobile educational exhibit on human trafficking. The mobile museum has been hauled more than 131,000 miles.

UPS has also partnered with The Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign to develop anti-human trafficking education for UPS pilots and airline crew who may also be in a position to help spot human trafficking signs in airports and while traveling on commercial flights.

We’ve also strengthened our Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy, which strictly prohibits the use of any UPS assets or resources for any purpose that would enable the trafficking of persons.

In addition to the enhanced policy and nationwide education, UPS is leveraging the power of corporate philanthropy to invest in organizations that are raising awareness and finding solutions to ending this horrific epidemic. Among others, UPS is supporting the United Way Worldwide’s Center on Human Trafficking and Slavery, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Wellspring Living and Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) to further anti-human trafficking education, hire survivors, and promote recognition and response efforts in local communities. In May, 2019, UPS received the United Way Worldwide Gamechangers Award for it partnership and innovative efforts to build stronger communities through anti-human trafficking engagement.

Learn more about The UPS Foundation’s efforts in our 2019 Report: The Logistics of Caring