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UPS gets an A+ for sustainability transparency


For Western businesses, balancing environmental responsibilities with economic ones has always been a challenge. Now that China has overtaken the USA as the world’s biggest CO2 emitter, it’s the carbon footprints of the emerging economies of the East that are under the brightest spotlight. Sustainability is now a global issue, something we all recognise now more than ever before.

Courier companies, particularly those offering worldwide parcel delivery services, will be expected to have a sustainability strategy in place when it’s their turn under the sustainability microscope.

One of only ten US corporations to receive an A+ rating

Rapid Parcel partner and all-round global courier brand UPS already offers up its strategy for public scrutiny, and this approach has led to it becoming one of only ten US corporations to receive an A+ rating for transparency from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

GRI is a non-profit organization that promotes economic, environmental and social sustainability. It provides a sustainability framework for companies around the world, enabling them to measure and report their performance.

Anyone looking for a worldwide parcel delivery service that places importance on sustainability is invited by UPS to view its strategy and report, about which their Chief Sustainability Officer, Scott Wicker, said, “Our annual sustainability report encapsulates the performance, ambitions and goals of UPS from economic, social and environmental perspectives.”

The report highlights how UPS considers and takes action regarding the environmental aspects of its worldwide parcel delivery operations. It is a detailed document that goes into the strategies and goals of the company, presenting milestones and targets that they aspire to achieve.

Use of alternative fuels continues to rise at UPS. In 2011, 246 million miles were reportedly traveled using “alternative fuel and advanced technology”. This includes compressed natural gas, propane, liquefied gas and a range of hybrid vehicles.

Aircraft emissions for worldwide parcel delivery operations declined by 3.5 per cent during 2011, even though package volume of grew by 1.8 per cent.

UPS is one of the world’s largest delivery companies, with around 400,000 employees

The improvement in worldwide parcel delivery sustainability credentials is also evident among UPS employees, 100,000 of whom reportedly made “pledges to act more environmentally responsibly.”

Since 2003, UPS has also been included in the Carbon Disclosure Project. This is a database containing details of thousands of organisations’ greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies. Those returning the most positive scores gain entry to The Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDU). In 2011, UPS was the highest scoring company (99th out of 100) in the S&P 500, the stock market of the 500 top publicly traded US companies.

It’s figures such as these that illustrate how seriously UPS takes the environmental impact of its worldwide parcel delivery operations. Its openness allows employees, investors, stakeholders and customers to make an informed decision when choosing a suitable carrier.

UPS is one of the world’s largest logistics and delivery companies, with around 400,000 employees working to serve more than 220 countries and territories. The size of its workforce, coupled with its vast transport and IT capabilities, offers UPS the ideal opportunity to ensure that their worldwide parcel delivery of your packages can be completed in an efficient and environmentally friendly way. Receiving this A+ sustainability transparency rating shows that UPS are making the most of that opportunity.

Daniel Wong-Min
About Daniel Wong-Min
Daniel works as a client support agent at Rapid Parcel and as one of our longest-standing members of staff in this department he has a wealth of knowledge about how Rapid Parcel works, which he’d be delighted to share with you. If you have any questions about our website, using our online process, locating our drop-off points at airports and railway stations, or anything else about our business and how it can work for you, Daniel is the person to ask.

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