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UPS Foundation Grants US$10,000 to Japan's Marine Environment Protection Group
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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 Prefecture.

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.  
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