The great majority of UPS facilities are in urbanized areas where they have minimal effect on biodiversity issues. Nevertheless, UPS locates and manages facilities to prevent negative impacts on biodiversity, particularly with regard to new facilities and those in non-urban locations near biodiverse habitats. We set and adhere to criteria for selecting sites, purchasing land, and making decisions about the site placement and construction of facilities so as to minimize their effects on local biodiversity.
As a separate issue, we cooperate fully with governmental authorities in cases where our transportation network could inadvertently become the means for invasive species to spread. We ensure access for authorized inspectors into our air hubs, aircraft, and related facilities, and we follow the guidelines for U.S. domestic air transport operations, provided by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Other than the biodiversity priorities outlined above, UPS and its stakeholders do not consider biodiversity a material issue for the company (see “Materiality”) . This is due to a number of relevant factors, such as the location of most of our facilities in urban areas and the fact that we do not engage in agriculture, manufacture products, or extract and process raw materials. We therefore do not report on the location and size of land owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas; habitats protected or restored; or the number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by our operations.