- More than $1.2 million in total charitable contribution to United Way Centraide Canada
- More than $590,000 in The UPS Foundation grants
- More than $173,000 in total charitable contributions to JDRF Canada
- $100,000 in community grants to more than 160 charitable organizations
- More than 105,000 volunteer hours contributed by Canadian UPSers and their families
- 401 young adults graduated from UPS driver safety training through the UPS Road Code Program
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - UPS® has continued its on-going commitment to support Canadian communities by contributing more than $2 million to charitable organizations in 2016. Of those organizations, UPS Canada continued its 30 year relationship with United Way Centraide Canada by raising more than $1.2 million across the country. The contribution combines both employee engagement and sponsored events including the four nation-wide "Pulling for U" plane pulls that took place in Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver and Calgary.
With a focus on diversity, community safety, environmental sustainability and volunteerism, The UPS Foundation awarded grants totaling more than $590,000 in 2016. Additionally, over 1,700 UPS employees across Canada registered for the JDRF TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes raising more than $173,000. UPS Canada also awarded $100,000 in community grants to more than 160 charitable organizations nationwide. Organizations were nominated by UPS employees and must have benefited from 50 hours of hands-on volunteering from those employees to qualify.
"UPS is proud to support diverse charitable organizations in order to make meaningful changes that lead to long-term improvements within our Canadian communities," said Christoph Atz, UPS Canada president. "Based on the relationships our employees have built, it is reassuring and inspiring to know they are helping to create a sustainable platform for community resiliency."
UPS-led volunteer initiatives mobilize employees throughout Canada to engage in numerous volunteer efforts and activities. Through increased dedication, UPS employees and their families contributed more than 105,000 volunteer hours to charitable organizations and planted over 2,600 trees in 2016. Globally, UPS invested a record 2.7 million hours of volunteer service last year. UPS is on track to meet its goal to contribute 20 million global volunteer hours by the end of 2020.
Among the 2016 grant recipients is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC). UPS's partnership with BGCC began in 2010 and since then, The UPS Foundation has provided annual grants to BGCC totaling more than $850,000.
UPS Road Code® is a global sponsored teen safe driving program based on the company's safe-driving methods that is offered through various BGCC locations. Its success is largely dependent on the UPS service providers that oversee the program and facilitate the hands-on training. Last year, 401 young adults graduated from the program, totalling more than 1,300 graduates in Canada.
UPS Canada service providers are among the safest on the roads with less than six auto incidents for every 100,000 hours worked in 2016. The company's commitment to safety also extends across the 12,000 employees in Canada who had less than one injury where an employee was not able to perform their duties, per 200,000 hours worked in 2016. Due to ongoing employee safety training, including a daily pre-work communication meeting, safety is top of mind before every employee begins and ends their day.
In addition, UPS service providers who have not had an at-fault accident for 25 years are enrolled in the elite "UPS Circle of Honor." In 2016, 27 drivers were recognized raising the total number to 137 in Canada. Globally, more than 9,300 drivers have logged more than 22.5 billion kilometers and more than 266,554 years of safe driving throughout their careers.
"Our world class safety results are due to consistent, on-going training programs, and our employees' attention to detail," said Atz. "Safety is not just a practice; it is at the core of every UPS employee and one of our most important values."
For more information about UPS's philanthropic and volunteerism efforts, please visit www.UPS.com/Foundation.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS and follow @UPS_Canada and @UPS_SmallBizCA.
About The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2016, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $116 million in charitable giving around the world.
The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS or follow @UPS_Foundation.
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