June 16, 2014: UPS announced today that the company has pledged to complete 20 million hours of global volunteerism and community service by the end of 2020. The goal was announced by David Abney, UPS chief operating officer and CEO-elect, at the opening day of the Points of Light National Conference on Volunteering and Service. By achieving this goal, UPS's total volunteer hours will increase more than 12% and non-profits will receive volunteer assistance valued at more than $460 million* by the end of the initiative.
"Volunteerism has always been an integral part of our company culture," said Abney. "UPS's founder Jim Casey continually advocated for employees to give back to the communities in which they live and work. Our pledge of logging 20 million hours of volunteer service by the end of 2020 reinforces our corporate giving strategy and our commitment to our volunteering and philanthropic efforts that advance and enrich communities around the world."
Each year, UPS employees, alongside their families and friends, have logged millions of hours and provided countless resources that benefit local community development, youth education, social issues and the environment. Since 2011, UPS employees have logged 5.3 million hours of employee service around the world. Through the focused 2020 agenda, UPS employees will build upon their existing volunteer efforts to continue contributing impactful service to local communities.
In addition to its volunteer pledge, The UPS Foundation last year granted more than $1 million to Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer services. As the convener of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, Points of Light mobilizes millions of people to take action in philanthropic activities that change the world. This significant grant will support Points of Light's global volunteerism efforts, which include disaster relief, veterans' services, financial literacy, economic development resources and education.
"The UPS Foundation has been working with Points of Light for more than a decade," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. "Our programs with Points of Light have built capacity to mobilize new and existing volunteers and increased engagement with communities, businesses and non-profit organizations in volunteer leadership. Together, we are paving the way for innovation, action and impact to make a difference around the world."
In a related move the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS, has donated US$10,000 to the Saigai Fukko Shien Volunteer Net, a non-profit organization that provides recovery assistance for the affected areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In addition to funding the operational costs of the coordinating office, the grant will also be used for the rental and maintenance of cleaning equipment and supplies.
Masato Umeno, president of UPS Japan, said, "Three years after the devastation, more support is still needed in the disaster affected area. As part of UPS's strong culture of giving back to the local communities where we do business, UPS continues to dedicate resources toward the relief efforts. By supporting the Saigai Fukko Shien Volunteer Net, we are very pleased to contribute to activities that have a direct impact to the local community in the Odaka Ward."