UPS is to deploy nearly 40 per cent more employees to contribute to hundreds of community service projects around the world.
The global logistics firm will engage staff across five continents in the company’s 16th annual Global Volunteer Month, paving the way for it to reach its goal of contributing 20million volunteer hours by the end of 2020.
Employees will spend around 375,000 volunteer hours in October to projects in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa (ISMEA). Projects include painting classrooms for the indoor training center with The Salvation Army in the UK, helping with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts and promoting efforts for enriching rural communities through organized philanthropy with Rural Education and Development Trust in Mumbai.
Last year UPS employees completed a record 2.9 million hours of volunteer service, which provided more than $80million in economic impact.
Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer for UPS, said: “Our employees are witnessing first-hand the positive effects of humanitarian aid and making communities around the world more resilient through dedicated volunteer hours.
“Volunteerism is an instrumental part of employee development in providing relief efforts in the wake of extraordinary events like the recent destruction from Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Manghut.
“We see UPS employees as true global citizens working on community projects and initiatives that are important to them with the backing of The UPS Foundation’s tools and resources for lasting impact. There’s a role for UPS in all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we aim to highlight the essential work our employees do every day in support of those goals.”
Through UPS’s membership with IMPACT 2030, employees are encouraged to get involved in projects that contribute towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The UPS Foundation leads UPS’s global citizenship programs, including Global Volunteer Month. The foundation encourages employees to volunteer their time to programs around the world.
At the end of every Global Volunteer Month, UPS awards $10,000 grants to 14 non-profit organizations that UPS employees volunteer at in each U.S. region, international region and business unit.