Chip Chappelle, Director of Carrier Relations at UPS; Barron Segar, Senior Vice President for Development at the U.S. Fund; and Melody Davidson, Humanitarian Supply Chain Logistics Manager at UPS.
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UPS' Charitable Partnership With UNICEF USA Is Doing a World of Good

Partner since 2000

Total Donated: $2,950,000 (including funding and in-kind shipping and freight)

For over 10 years, UPS has partnered with the UNICEF USA, providing grant funding to a range of UNICEF programs, and more recently, in-kind shipping, freight and expertise. UPS has supported UNICEF's work in emergency preparedness and relief efforts, girls' education, child protection and UNICEF's "School-in-a-Box Program."

In September 2009 UPS International President Daniel J. Brutto was appointed to the UNICEF USA's Board of Directors, bringing his extensive supply chain and logistics experience to help UNICEF's emergency operations which respond to over 200 humanitarian crises each year.

Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown into a $45.3 billion corporation with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world. UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than a century of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation's major initiatives include programs that support community safety, non-profit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, environmental sustainability and diversity.  The UPS Foundation pursues these initiatives by identifying specific projects where its support can help produce a measurable social impact. In 2009, UPS charitable contributions totaled nearly $100 million and UPSers and their families contributed more than 1.2 million hours of volunteer service.  Through volunteerism, community grants and innovative programs, UPS places a priority on helping to strengthen communities in ways that work. UNICEF is proud to count UPS as one of its key partners in support of its work to save the lives and to protect the rights of children worldwide.

Partnership Summary

Emergency Preparedness

In 2009, as part of UPS global humanitarian relief program, the UPS Foundation made a multi-year commitment to share the company's supply chain and logistics expertise and to provide technical support and training to UNICEF's Supply Division. This recent expansion of the partnership leverages UPS' key strengths, by enhancing UNICEF's systems around rapid response and supply provision to aide the most vulnerable populations of children in emergencies. UPS also has provided support specifically for the Asia-Pacific region, enabling UNICEF to expand its capacity and capability to respond to emergencies in this region, which is characterized by a combination of natural disasters and civil/political unrest with pockets of conflict situations.

Employee Engagement—Volunteer Efforts

In addition to providing emergency grant funding and in-kind assistance to the relief efforts following the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in early 2010, UPS brought together a team of employee volunteers and logistics experts, and mobilized the company's global network of staff, warehouses, and shipping and freight services to help UNICEF assemble and ship 50,000 child protection kits to Haiti. Responding to an urgent need for the most basic of items such as shorts and shoes, the kits were distributed by UNICEF to unaccompanied children awaiting reunification with surviving parents or other relatives.

Child Protection and Education

UPS has a nearly decade-long history of providing support for the education and protection of children through an initiative in Africa that brings attention to the needs of children who are victims of abuse, as well as for the implementation of measures to prevent exploitative practices. UPS also has funded programs that bridge the equity gap in allowing girls to receive an education and set them on the path to a brighter future, and for UNICEF's School-in-a-Box tool kits. The School-in-a-Box kits have become part of the UNICEF standard response in emergencies, used in many back-to-school operations around the world. The kit contains supplies and materials for a teacher and up to 40 students, allowing for the continuation of children's education by the first 72 hours of an emergency.

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