From providing assistance with its logistics experts to United Nations agencies to having vaccine tracking programs and drones delivering medical supplies, The UPS Foundation, UPS’s philanthropic arm, is contributing greatly to humanitarian aid and safety At the global level. This year, The UPS Foundation will provide $14.1 million to fund and support these initiatives around the world.
Preparing, responding and helping communities recover from natural disasters and other humanitarian crises that arise in the world are tragedies in which UPS and UPS Foundation can help save lives by contributing their expertise in logistics, medical care solutions, and global reach.
Among the initiatives, The UPS Foundation works with Gavi, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and Zipline, a California-based robotics company to take advantage of the use of drones to deliver life-saving drugs, vaccines and blood in communities, starting with Rwanda.
The UPS Foundation is also working with UNICEF to launch Visibility for Vaccines (ViVa), An innovative tracking system that allows the early identification of possible lack of inventory and surplus vaccines.
the United States, ViVa will help communities around the world ensure the supply of life-saving vaccines by reporting on alerts when there is either a shortage or a surplus of inventory and will allow for corrective action.
Another focus of 2017 is the expansion of the UPS Foundation’s Humanitarian Expert on Loan program, which offers UPS executives loan for long-term assignments with NGOs to provide logistical support and technical assistance.
In 2016, The UPS Foundation began working with Logistics managers to strengthen supply chains in emerging markets for organizations such as Gavi, The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Program.
Other humanitarian organizations receiving financial aid this year include:
• The American Red Cross, to assist with the Annual Disaster Giving Program with food and shelter following disasters, as well as the disaster preparedness campaign Home Fire Preparedness Campaign and the Global Disaster Preparedness Center Disaster Resilience.
• CARE USA, to assist with training workshops for CARE logistics managers, as well as the pilot launch of a raw material tracking system.
• Good360, To support the technological improvements of the DisasterRecovery360 platform and the development of disaster advice and help kits.
• National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), to support the organization’s long-term recovery initiative and funding program for long-term recovery.
• Operation Hope to support the Disaster Recovery Fund to help disaster survivors with financial recovery solutions as well as the Financial Recovery Preparedness Program for small businesses.
• St. Bernard Project, Inc., To support the National Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab (DRL), which provides assistance to all communities affected by disasters.
• UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, to support the organization of global fleet management and the provision of emergency preparedness training.
• US Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Center to assist in the expansion of the Saglam Kobi Business disaster resilience project in Turkey and the launch of the Connecting Business disaster resilience program in Mexico.
• United States World Food Program, To support the Zero Hunger National Supply Chain SCAN program and other initiatives.
The UPS Foundation will also provide funding that will help extend the reach of the UPS Road Code for Safe Driving Training program for young people, a major company global community safety initiative that was first presented in 2009.
The program is offered in the United States with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and worldwide with youth development organizations. Volunteered by UPS and based on the company’s safe driving methods, the program is available to youth ages 13-18. At present, more than 36 thousand adolescents have participated.
The program operates in Canada, China, Germany, Mexico, United Kingdom and United States. This year, UPS is expanding the program to the United Arab Emirates. These funds are part of the UPS Foundation’s commitment to global volunteering.