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Why Logistics Will Be The Key To Solving Hunger
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Like UPS, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is known for its logistics expertise. In addition to delivering lifesaving food assistance to some 80 million people in 82 countries each year, WFP also transports fuel, medical supplies and aid workers when emergency strikes and the international aid community mobilizes.

By building U.S. support and resources for the mission of WFP—the largest humanitarian agency on the planet—World Food Program USA delivers hope to communities struggling to survive natural disaster and conflict, children trying to succeed in the world’s poorest classrooms and parents and farmers working to put food on the table in the most challenging conditions.

When the worst Ebola outbreak in history struck Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone last year, for example, WFP prevented a global health crisis from becoming a hunger crisis by delivering emergency food rations from UN Humanitarian Response Depots to quarantined patients, their families and nearby communities where markets and farming had been disrupted.

Photo courtesy of WFP/Stevie Mann

Photo courtesy of WFP/Stevie Mann

As head of the UN Humanitarian Air Service, WFP also transported medicine and doctors into West Africa, a region where hospitals and medical staff were few and far between. At the same time, UPS stepped up as one of WFP’s most dedicated partners by providing staff, equipment and staging areas so WFP could unload and distribute supplies as safely and efficiently as possible.

After a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal in April, WFP and UPS joined forces yet again to land planes in Kathmandu for people in need. Meanwhile, UPS responded with the Logistics Emergency Team (LET) which assisted with customs clearance to process millions of tons of food and equipment arriving around the clock and UPS provided air ramp support to quickly offload relief items from arriving flights and transferring supplies to transport vehicles as quickly as possible.

Since the start of our partnership, UPS has provided loaned managers and supply chain experts and helped to conduct capacity assessments of ports, airstrips and roadways in high-risk countries like Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

UPS is even working with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)—a WFP partner on the ground— to create a handheld scanner dubbed “UPS Relief Link™” that will track supplies for last mile delivery.

Thanks to its staff expertise, in-kind donations and financial support, UPS is helping WFP reduce the time it takes to reach families and people in need, thus saving millions of lives each year.

Together, WFP and UPS are delivering hope and building a future without hunger.

Rick Leach is the President and CEO of World Food Program USA, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that supports the mission of the U.N. World Food Programme, the largest hunger relief agency in the world.

Please read the 2014 UPS Corporate Sustainability Report and also create your Sustainability Avatar. For each person who completes an avatar, UPS will donate a dollar to World Wildlife Fund or World Food Programme, up to $25,000 per organization.

Arbor Day Foundation: Planting Trees and Inspiration

The Arbor Day Foundation’s mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners.

The impact the Arbor Day Foundation makes on our world is accomplished through our conservation and education programs.

We have a long and storied history of delivering trees to individuals who plant them in their yards, on their acreages, at schools, and in their neighborhoods, enriching America’s communities and countryside. Over the last 43 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has delivered more than 200 million trees to millions of members, supporters, and avid tree planters in every state across America.

Each year, the millions of trees distributed by the Arbor Day Foundation take root and thrive as a living reminder that we can each make our future more certain by performing the simple act of planting a tree.

UPS and Arbor Day Foundation have a strong relationship dating back to 2008. UPS has supported critical tree planting projects in forests in an effort to help counter carbon that is released into the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned.

As a result, the support of UPS has made possible the planting of more than 400,000 trees in our forests across the country and around the world such as Plumas National Forest in California, Seminole State Forest in Florida, and the Boreal Forest in Canada.

For the past few years, UPS employees have rolled up their sleeves to join Arbor Day Foundation in helping to preserve the Earth’s forests, contributing to a healthier global environment for this and future generations to enjoy.

The trees planted by UPS will help sequester atmospheric carbon, restore forest lands to their once majestic glory or enrich neighborhood landscapes, restore wildlife habitat, stabilize soils to reduce pollution and yield clean water, and enhance recreation opportunities. On behalf of our one million members and our team, we thank UPS for your generous support and look forward to many more years working together.

Dan Lambe Arbor Day Foundation





Dan Lambe is President of the Arbor Day Foundation

Visit the Arbor Day Foundation Dynamic Map to see where UPS has planted trees around the world: www.arborday.org/ups

Please read the 2014 UPS Corporate Sustainability Report and also create your Sustainability Avatar.

WWF on Locally-Led Reforestation Projects

WWF works to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. Recognizing that the problems facing our planet are increasingly more complex and urgent, we have refined the way we work with an ambitious new strategy that organizes our efforts around six key areas: forests, oceans, freshwater, wildlife, food and climate.

To date, The UPS Foundation has awarded $400,000 to WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN), allowing us to support six individuals and 39 organizations—and counting!

EFN provides critical financial support to proven and potential conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to gain the skills and knowledge they need to address conservation challenges in their home countries. Read More »

Earth Day Network on Advocating for the Environment

Earth Day Network (EDN) is the largest recruiter to the environmental movement in the world. Over one billion people across 192 countries will participate in Earth Day 2015, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

With over 50,000 partners, EDN supports and promotes environmental laws and civic participation to build environmental democracy since the first Earth Day in 1970. This year marks Earth Day’s 45th anniversary.

With the help of The UPS Foundation, The Canopy Project has become our flagship program. As part of our mission to protect natural lands and preserve the environment for all people, The Canopy Project focuses on large scale forestry to help communities—especially the world’s impoverished communities—sustain themselves and their local economies. Read More »

A UPS Volunteer Shares His Tree-planting Story

When I heard about the opportunity to plant trees at the Flight 93 National Memorial, I wanted to be a part of it.

Everyone remembers where they were on September 11, 2001. I was in sixth grade and only lived an hour away from the Flight 93 crash site. Read More »

The Nature Conservancy on Forest Conservation Around the World

As the director of the forest health program at The Nature Conservancy, I have the privilege of leading work I love and work that makes a difference in the world. As an ecologist I have an understanding of the importance of nature and its many benefits to people and communities.

For 30 years The Nature Conservancy and UPS have worked together to advance forest conservation projects. To date, The UPS Foundation – the company’s philanthropic arm – has provided over $4 million for Conservancy projects.

The mission of the Nature Conservancy is simple: to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. Advancing our mission – in all 50 U.S. states and 35 countries – requires many partnerships. We work with companies large and small to help change business practices and policies, raise awareness of conservation issues, and raise funds to support important new science and conservation projects. Read More »

The Conservation Fund: Conservation and Community

For more than 30 years, The Conservation Fund has worked at the intersection of conservation and community. We believe that environmental protection and economic vitality must go hand in hand, and this longstanding principle guides our team every day.

With a presence in every state across the U.S., we have protected 7.5 million acres valued at more than $5 billion, including more than two million acres of forests valued at just short of $2 billion.

And, in many ways, our work is just beginning. Read More »

Moving the Floor to the Final Four

It’s a good bet that when Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Duke take to the court for the NCAA Men’s Final Four this weekend in Indianapolis, the last thing on the minds of the players will be the wood beneath their feet.

But if they only knew the lengths to which a 143-year-old business rooted in Amasa, Mich., went to source, build and transport college basketball’s most prestigious court to the site of the NCAA Final Four, they might have a greater appreciation for all that hardwood. Read More »

UPS Recognized with EPA Climate Leadership Award

One of our top enterprise sustainability goals is to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation relative to our shipping volume. Successful execution of our global GHG reduction strategy enabled us to reach our goal to achieve a 10 percent reduction in carbon intensity in 2016 three years ahead of schedule. So we doubled the goal to a 20 percent reduction in our carbon intensity from transportation by 2020.

In appreciation of this accomplishment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), and others, recognized UPS at the fourth annual Climate Leadership Awards for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management—Goal Achievement.

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E-tailing is the Automotive Aftermarket’s New Growth Engine

If your company doesn’t have a significant online presence, you’re missing an important growth opportunity. The automotive aftermarket’s fastest growing sales channel, e-tailing, is expanding so briskly that some industry experts anticipate aftermarket e-tailing revenue will double by 2018.

This online growth is expected to dramatically outperform brick-and-mortar automotive aftermarket sales, which are projected to remain flat for the foreseeable future. That means automotive aftermarket companies must immediately invest in the e-commerce part of their businesses to stay competitive and grow. Of course, establishing an online presence must be done wisely. In the general retail space, e-commerce has become very sophisticated since retailers started emphasizing that sales channel in the late 1990’s. After experiencing double digit growth for several years, e-commerce now accounts for 7% of all retail transactions and is showing no signs of slowing down. Read More »