UPS Honored for Disaster Relief Work

Congratulation to UPS!  Business in the Community, a business-led charity based in the UK, recently awarded UPS the 2014 International Disaster Relief Award.

From the 2004 tsunami to the recent Syrian crisis, UPS has years of experience in dealing with disaster. The company has developed several strategies to successfully deploy humanitarian relief:

  • Infrastructure: UPS has fleets of trucks and planes. Its global infrastructure is an essential element of providing food and supplies to victims.
  • Planning Ahead: The parcel service sets up pre-approved funds at the beginning of each year so that when disaster strikes the company immediately has the resources to address it.
  • Local Response: Especially in the case of small-scale disasters, UPS takes advantage of its global network to mobilize local distribution centers.
  • Partnerships: UPS collaborates with several actors, including private sector businesses and nonprofits like Aidmatrix, the American Red Cross, CARE, the Salvation Army and UNICEF to supply the logistics they need.

Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation, stresses the company’s commitment to disaster relief:  

Each year, millions of people are impacted by disasters all over the world. We believe that we can help reduce the human suffering that follows such tragic events through our Humanitarian Relief Program by collaborating with our partners and helping communities better prepare for unexpected and unplanned events, which is core to our mission.

UPS has been recognized as a leader in corporate citizenship by several organizations. Last year they were the recipient of the US Chamber Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Award for Best Corporate Steward.  Additionally, the company has been named one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens, Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies.