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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability

Changes in the Perceived Sustainability Performance for UPS

Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on UPS and the 33 companies in the Air Freight Couriers & Moving Companies industry. UPS’ overall rating was maintained at 60.

UPS has continued to make progress in their corporate social responsibilityin the past year, such as:

ð   UPS reduced its absolute global greenhouse gas emissions from operations and purchased energy of 2.1 percent compared to 2011, notable in a year that also saw shipping volumes increase.

ð  UPS avoided approximately 2.4 million metric tons of emissions in 2012 by shifting delivery volume from air to ground, and avoided nearly 0.9 million metric tons of emissions by shifting volume from ground to rail.

ð  In 2012, they were able to avoid 206 million minutes of idling time, equivalent to 1.5 million gallons of fuel and 14,000 metric tons of CO2.

See UPS’ Corporate Social Responsibility websitehere.

The average rating for the other companies in theAir Freight Couriers & Moving Companies industry shifted up one point to 54. This caused UPS to move down to 5thplace on the list, using the CSRHub average user profile. Also see information about UPS at the CSRHub webpage here.

UPS has a particularly strong score in the Environment area of 69.  This is due to a high score in the Policy & Reporting of 69—well above the average for this industry of 52.  The area with the greatest opportunity for improvement for UPS is Transparency & Reporting.  Here, UPS gets a 52—just above the average for its industry of 50.


CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 7,400 companies from 135 industries in 96 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 257 data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

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