National Clean Fleets Partner: UPS
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Clean Fleets News
July 31, 2012
UPS sustainability report details fuel savings and emissions reductions
ATLANTA – UPS today published its latest annual Sustainability Report. UPS views sustainability reporting as a valuable tool for customers, investors, and other stakeholders to evaluate the performance and commitment of a company to truly sustainable business practices.
The report discloses that UPS exceeded four of the seven key sustainability goals it established for 2011. The company met its goals for employee safety, auto accident frequency, aircraft emissions, and full-time employee retention. The report discloses progress on goals involving efficiency of jet fuel use, employee satisfaction, and charitable contributions.
Chief Sustainability Officer Scott Wicker also cited these achievements:
- Using advanced route-planning technology, UPS avoided driving 85 million miles, saving 8.4 million gallons of fuel and 83,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
- The expanding deployment of telematics technology eliminated more than 98 million minutes of engine idling time, saving 653,000 gallons of fuel.
- UPS achieved a net reduction in U.S. domestic energy use at its facilities.
- In 2011, overall emissions declined 3.5%, even though package volume grew by 1.8%.
- Employees made 100,000 pledges to be more environmentally responsible.
- UPS earned the highest Carbon Disclosure Project score among all U.S. companies and tied with three others for the top score in the world.
For the first time, UPS also introduced a "materiality matrix" that maps how the company's interests match or differ from those of other stakeholders. The matrix will be used to guide the company as it sets future sustainability priorities, Wicker added.
Also for the first time, the report provides examples of the company's direct and indirect economic impact. Data include:
- Employee compensation and benefits – $27.6 billion
- Taxes paid – $3.1 billion
- Dividends paid – $2 billion
- Education provided to employees – $17.5 million in tuition support to 14,764 students
- Employment of 398,242 permanent employees, including 77,706 outside the United States
- $78 million paid to small and diverse suppliers.
"Our annual sustainability report encapsulates the performance, ambitions, and goals of UPS from economic, social, and environmental perspectives," explained Wicker. This year, the report also includes essays, infographics, and opinion pieces on the company's stance regarding biofuels, the future of fuels and energy, greenhouse gas management, how UPS trains its future leaders, and how The UPS Foundation is meeting community needs.
To access the new report, go to www.ups.com/sustainability.