Environmental Sustainability

Group of UPS employees planting trees

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

At UPS we believe it’s important to do our part to preserve and protect the environment. Today’s investment in the environment is an investment in the future. The UPS Foundation strategy aligns with the Company’s environmental and sustainability initiatives, expertise and priorities.

The UPS Foundation provides financial and employee volunteer support to environmental programs with a focus on reforestation and conservation, carbon reduction efforts and environmental research/education.

UPS Global Forestry Initiative

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. That’s why, in 2011, we launched the Global Forestry Initiative to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and rural areas around the world.

The 15 Million by 2020 Pledge

UPS announced a pledge in 2015 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 is having a humanitarian impact across many emerging markets. These trees are planted by NGOs who receive grants from The UPS Foundation, as well as by 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 National Park Foundation.

Check out the Tree Map and see where UPSers and our partner organizations are planting trees worldwide.

We work hard to get these trees in the ground. And they work hard once they are there.

For more information about our environmental efforts, download the 2019 Social Impact Report.

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