UPS Collaborates with World Leaders in Sustainability Loading...
Making the economy more sustainable means making more connections: between causes and effects, ideas and implementation, people and possibilities. At UPS, making connections is the nature of our business. That’s why one of our core sustainability strategies is engaging with other leading organizations, in such areas as resource conservation, technical innovation, public policy, and setting standards. We come together from different perspectives but with similar goals: to share information and ideas, pool resources for major projects, and move sustainability into the corporate mainstream. Other engagements are listed throughout our Report.
BSR — The Future of Fuels
BSR, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012, works with a global network of nearly 300 member companies to advance the cause of sustainability worldwide. BSR conducts research, provides consulting services, and organizes cross-sector collaborations with companies on vital issues. UPS is a Member Company, collaborating with BSR in a working group called “The Future of Fuels” to advance the development and availability of alternative fuels for commercial transportation. The Working Group’s 2012 report is entitled The Sustainability Impacts of Fuel.
WBCSD — Water
WBCSD works with more than 200 member companies to develop and advance policy solutions for global sustainability issues. The organization also provides a forum for members to share best practices. UPS is a member company, working on the development of tools and strategies related to global water resource issues.
WRI — Natural Resources
WRI’s Corporate Consultative Group includes a select group of corporate members who conduct in-depth discussions on issues related to natural resources, including air quality, water management, climate change, conservation, and other environmental issues. One of its signature achievements is bringing together private industry and environmental organizations to protect the boreal forest.
U.S. Department of Energy — National Clean Fleets Partnership
The National Clean Fleets Partnership builds on the success of Clean Cities, a program of the U.S. Department of Energy, which reduces petroleum consumption at the community level through a nationwide network of coalitions. The Partnership was organized by the U.S. Department of Energy to focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from commercial vehicle fleets. UPS is one of five founding members of the Partnership.
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration — Next Gen Roadmap
The FAA created its “NextGen” roadmap to make the U.S. airspace safer and cleaner by guiding air traffic more precisely and efficiently to save fuel and reduce noise and greenhouse gas emissions. UPS is helping the FAA test, develop, and implement its NextGen roadmap, in part by being one of the first airlines operating in the U.S. to adopt and prove the efficacy of NextGen technologies and air-traffic control techniques.
World Economic Forum — Sustainable Transport Ecosystem
WEF is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. UPS participates actively in a number of WEF projects, most notably the Sustainable Transport Ecosystem project. UPS executives also attend WEF’s annual gathering of CEOs, academics, and policy-makers in Davos, Switzerland.
Global Reporting Initiative — Sustainability Reporting Framework
GRI’s mission is to make sustainability reporting a standard practice for all companies. It has already developed the world’s most broadly used and widely accepted sustainability reporting framework, and continues to advance and evolve it through a global process supported by governments, foundations, and corporations. UPS is a registered Organizational Stakeholder, which includes financial support along with implementing the GRI framework and helping to evolve it.
World Resources Institute — Greenhouse Gas Protocol
The WRI, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012, researches issues and develops solutions that enable socioeconomic development in greater harmony with the environment. WRI works globally with governments, business, and civil society. UPS is a member of the Corporate Consultative Group at WRI, working on the advancement and implementation of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol for supply chain reporting.
CDP — Carbon Action Steering Committee
CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) takes a novel approach to driving businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: It asks corporations to disclose their carbon footprint and now their water footprint, and what they’re doing about it, and then ranks the results for institutional investors deciding where to put their money. Harvard Business Review called it “the most powerful green NGO you’ve never heard of.” UPS Chief Sustainability Officer Scott Wicker is a member of CDP’s Carbon Action Steering Committee.