UPS contributes towards marine environmental clean-up in tsunami-affected areas
UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS), has donated US$10,000
to Umi Wo Tsukuru Kai, a volunteer group that is dedicated to protecting and
improving the marine environment in Japan. The grant will be used to cover the
expedition costs for volunteer divers to clear debris from the ocean floor, and
plant Zostera Marina, a species of seagrass, in the disaster-hit area of Miyagi
Umi Wo Tsukuru Kai, founded in 1981, organises an annual seabed clean-up
initiative, and has removed 71 tonnes of garbage from the area since its
founding. Over the years, the group's activities have spanned as far north as
Iwate, and as south as Okinawa, even reaching Cebu in the Philippines. Following
the tsunami disaster in 2011, the organisation also initiated beach clean-up
activities around the tsunami-affected region.
UPSers have volunteered alongside Umi Wo Tsukuru Kai at beach clean-up
activities in Nojima Park in Yokohama City since 2010. As part of UPS's annual
Global Volunteer Month (GVM) in October 2013, 35 employees, families and friends
took part in the yearly activity geared towards protecting the marine
environment. This year, a total of 180 UPS employees, families and friends
participated in a series of 16 activities, and contributed more than 460 hours
of volunteer work during the annual GVM.
Masato Umeno, President of UPS Japan, said, "We are very proud to be able to
financially support the environmental reconstruction efforts in the disaster
affected areas, and will continue to lend our support for the Japanese community
through partnerships with various organisations."
UPS has established Community Involvement Committees (CICs) across Asia to
identify and engage with local charities to organise activities. CICs, consist
of UPS volunteers who, work with The UPS Foundation to support community needs
by leveraging UPS's logistics expertise, transportation assets, and the skills
and passions of our employees.
About The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global
leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the
transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade,
and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world
of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and
responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term
solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation is responsible
for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global
communities. In 2012, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more
than $97.5 million in charitable giving around the world.