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Stakeholder engagement for us means more than communicating. It also means listening and acting on good ideas to help test them, refine them, and move them into the mainstream. This is especially vital to sustainability, because a more sustainable world requires changing entrenched ways of doing things. Because of the size of our company, our global scale, and our commitment to sustainability, we are able to identify numerous opportunities to participate in external initiatives.

Our approach has been to choose initiatives associated with global or national issues and credible organizations capable of mounting and sustaining successful programs. We then devote considerable resources, energy, and attention to advancing them. As a way to balance these global engagements, The UPS Foundation funds the work of thousands of local grassroots non-profits in communities around the world.

The major external initiatives we engage in include the following:
  • We are working with the World Resources Institute (WRI), as a member of the Corporate Consultative Group, on the advancement and implementation of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol for supply chain reporting.
  • We spearheaded the creation of a “Future of Fuels” Working Group at BSR, where we are a member company, to address the need for more understanding about today’s commercial transportation fuels and development of more and better options for alternative fuels.
  • We share our insights with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), as a member company, in the area of tools and strategies related to GHG standards and reporting, Vision 2050 to Action 2020, urban planning, and global water resource issues.
  • We participate actively in the Sustainable Transport Ecosystem project of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
  • We work closely with the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) on its long-term program to establish next-generation air traffic control systems that offer increased fuel efficiency, reduced noise, and enhanced safety for air carriers.
  • We are working with other members of the Airlines for America (A4A) to help encourage and guide development of a new generation of lower-emission fuels for air transport.
  • We are active in a number of programs with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aimed at improving or executing U.S. climate change policy, and UPS is a member of the National Clean Fleets Partnership organized by the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • We are actively investing in the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (ICTC) program, a public/private partnership to extend the reach and capacity of the first interstate natural gas transportation corridor in the U.S.
  • We participate in a number of industry councils and consortiums involved with environmental sustainability, including the North American Council on Freight Efficiency (NACFE), Green Freight Europe, and the IATA Air Cargo Carbon Footprint Initiative.
Our Chief Sustainability Officer, Scott Wicker, is a member of the Carbon Action Steering Committee of the CDP, which develops market-based incentives for companies to take action on carbon reduction in ways that deliver a return on investment.

We actively participate in the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), including serving on working committees.
Materiality
One of the reasons we engage with our stakeholders is to ensure that we report on topics that matter to them. In early 2012, we completed a process that identified more than 60 significant sustainability issues, and evaluated them with the independent business sustainability organization BSR. The materiality matrix that resulted, and actions we have taken because of it, are presented in Materiality and Stakeholder Engagement.
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UPS engages in dialog with many external stakeholders, such as those in "
UPS Collaborates with World Leaders in Sustainability".


UPS is committed to major external initiatives related to climate change, resource conservation, and more.


UPS actively invests in public-private partnerships to make transportation more fuel-efficient.