The Net Impact Penn State Undergraduate chapter recently had the honor of hosting UPS Vice-President of Middle Market Customer Solutions, Elizabeth Terrell. Ms. Terrell spoke to our students about the importance of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility within global businesses and highlighted UPS Corporate’s commitment to and achievements in these values. The accomplished businesswoman, who began as a UPS intern 24 years ago, recently worked as Managing Director of Business Development for UPS Canada before assuming her current role. Borrowing from her experience in almost all levels of a single corporation, she told the audience all she has learned about the benefits of working within a company that is conscious of the wellbeing of the environment and local communities along with the positive impact it has on employees.
Ms. Terrell spoke to our students about the investments in and application of various alternative fuels that reduce UPS’s carbon footprint in their delivery services, as well as energy conservation in facility design and operational practices. Their 7,200 alternative fuel vehicles are comprised electric and hybrid powered vans, natural gas, propane, and ethanol freights, and even pedal powered vehicles in urban city centers. She spoke of UPS’s success in logging 1 billion miles of alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet over a year ahead of their projected goal set in back in 2000. In doing so UPS was able to avoid 134 million gallons of conventional gas and diesel burned, preventing over 400,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. She was proud to provide these figures that display the company’s commitment to combating climate change, while still running a successful global business.
Elizabeth Terrell also impressed our audience with UPS’s commitment to corporate social responsibility in stating their pledge of affording 20 million hours of volunteer service to charities and non-profits throughout the country and globe. Along with their philanthropic efforts, the company’s strives to advance and enrich communities throughout the world. In 2015, UPS funded 10 million dollars in disaster relief and emergency response. The people in need that they helped included refugees in Europe, earthquake victims in Nepal, and tsunami sufferers in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu. Altogether, Ms. Terrell was delighted in elaborating on the sustainable and social undertakings of UPS as an ethically principled corporation and surely sparked the interests of many of Net Impact’s young professionals.
Every year, UPS releases a new corporate sustainability report detailing important and accurate information regarding UPS sustainability priorities and performance.
view UPS Sustainability Report 2015