The UPS Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of UPS, has announced that it will be awarding over $10 million in grants this year to advance diversity and inclusion.
The grants will support over 30 organisations around the world with programmes focused on education, scholarships, work training, economic empowerment, and social and gender equality.
In partnership with the International Trade Center—an agency created by the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, responsible for ten of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including gender equality, quality education and economic growth—UPS is launching the Women’s Exporter Program, providing training for thousands of women in cross-border trading.
Other grant recipients include ACCION International, providing micro-loans to women in Nigeria; the Cuban American National Council, promoting financial literary and home buying workshops; the Peace Corps Partnership Project, empowering young women through community-led projects in 60 countries; the National Federation of the Blind, improving access to education for those with visual impairments; the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, focusing on Latin America, Africa and the Middle East; and Truckers Against Trafficking, supporting measures against human trafficking in the trucking industry.
“We are honored to collaborate and fund organizations that drive measurable change around the world,” said the president of the UPS Foundation, Eduardo Martinez, who is also the chief diversity and inclusion officer.
“Advancing the diversity and inclusion movement is a cornerstone of our company’s values. Our support for initiatives that will make a real difference in people’s lives in our communities is an extension of our dedication to help advance social and gender equality around the globe.”