UPS Puts Forth Black History Month Initiatives

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UPS Inc. detailed recent actions it has taken to support and empower Black communities to mark the start of Black History Month.

The Atlanta-based multinational shipping, receiving and supply chain management company pointed to new strategic partnerships, more funding for grassroots organizations and increased volunteerism in underserved communities.

“I’m proud to work for a company that’s intentionally investing in underserved communities and unapologetically creating pathways for Black students and businesses to thrive,” said Doug Daley, adviser to the corporate chapter of UPS’ African American Business Resource Group. “These intentional steps are focused on lifting equity and will drive economic success for Black communities.”

UPS is pledging at least 1 million volunteer hours to Black communities to help accomplish that goal. The company is encouraging employees to look for volunteer opportunities throughout the month. It noted any activity where the population served is more than half Black contributes to that goal.

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The Proudly Unstoppable campaign was started by the company to commission artists to make Black History Month themed designs for its boxes. The AABRG is also sponsoring a series of online events for those within the company throughout the month. Black History Month Kickoff with UPS Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Warren and CEO Carol Tomé marked the start of the series Feb. 1.

“For me, Black History Month is a living celebration of humanity,” said Charlene Thomas, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at UPS. “It’s a time to recognize the achievements of Black individuals globally and to envision a collective future where racial equity is built into our societies.”

UPS also detailed recent actions it has taken to support Black communities and businesses. The UPS Foundation, for instance, has provided more than $3 million in grants and donations over the past year to organizations including the National Urban League, the NAACP, United Negro College Fund and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The company also announced Jan. 21 that it has partnered with the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs with the goal of driving the success of Black entrepreneurs. UPS Ignite was launched Jan. 19 to elevate underrepresented business founders through a $1.25 million investment.

UPS ranks No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America and No. 3 on the TT Top 50 list of the largest logistics companies in North America.

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