Environmental Sustainability

Group of UPS employees planting trees

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 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.

Challenge Met: More than 15 Million Trees Planted Globally

UPS announced a pledge in 2015 to plant 15 million trees around the world by the end of 2020 — a bold expansion of the UPS Global Forestry Initiative. In addition to helping restore some of the world’s most important forests, this initiative has had a humanitarian impact across many emerging countries.

In 2019, the UPS Global Forestry Initiative planted 2.8 million trees, which brought its total to 15.4 million trees planted in 58 countries — eclipsing its goal one year early. The majority of the trees were planted by pre-eminent agency partners through grants received from The UPS Foundation. The remainder were planted by UPS employees, their families and friends in 37 countries. By partnering with leading environmental organizations, including Earth Day Network, Keep America Beautiful, the Arbor Day Foundation, National Park Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund, UPS and UPSers have taken vital steps to promote a more sustainable environment around the world.

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.

UPS Commitment of Planting 50 Million Trees by 2030 Focuses on Promoting Global Equity and Well-being for Low-Income and Underserved Communities in Cities and Developing Areas

The growing urgency of supporting environmental and social justice efforts around the world has fueled a new commitment by UPS to plant more than 50 million trees by 2030, in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals period (2015-2030).

The new effort brings UPS’s commitment to environmental stewardship and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a new level. While planting 50 million trees will have a measurable impact on the environment, UPS has evolved its strategy to focus on improving lives in Black and underserved communities in the U.S. and developing areas around the world. Through this new commitment, UPS will help to address environmental injustices by improving air quality, fostering better health outcomes, more job opportunities, more social engagement and creating safer and healthier neighborhoods.

Tree planting projects are underway in more than two dozen metropolitan cities in collaboration with non-profit organizations. Around the world, UPS is supporting more than 50 environmental projects, working with leading environmental organizations including Arbor Day Foundation, Earth Day Network, Keep America Beautiful, The Nature Conservancy, National Park Foundation, the Student Conservation Association and World Wildlife Fund.

The new commitment follows UPS’s success in surpassing 20 million hours of volunteer service in communities, and planting more than 15.4 million trees across 66 countries on six continents in collaboration with our environmental partners. More than 170,000 of the trees were planted by UPS employees, who often brought families and friends to join the effort.

In 2020, UPS pledged to provide one million hours of volunteer service in support of mentoring and educational programs in underserved Black communities globally, which have long been disproportionately affected by environmental inequity. The planting projects in city environments will support health and well-being, provide an economic uplift, and create a better space to live and work. Other projects include Boreal forest plantings that help support indigenous communities; support for farmers to reduce soil erosion, increase yields, and generate greater economic conditions and healthier environments, and other projects to create a rebound from natural disasters and the long-term impact of poverty.

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