UPS and The UPS Foundation stand with Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities around the world, including the residents of Asian heritage and the nearly 2 million Asian Americans who are U.S. business owners.
The UPS Foundation, in fact, has long supported local and national organizations that lift up the API community and its rich heritage. That support and involvement is more important than ever as we also work to combat an increased number of anti-Asian hate crimes, which have risen 150% in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic.
As Carol B. Tomé said on her first day as UPS CEO, hate, bigotry and racism have no place at UPS, in our communities, in our country or in our world. “We will be champions for justice and equality,” Carol said, “not just in our words, but in our actions here in the U.S. and everywhere we operate around the world.”
During May, UPSers are celebrating the diversity of the API community, volunteering in Asian American communities, learning about the history of anti-Asian violence and hosting town halls to recognize UPS’s Asian leaders.
The UPS Foundation is also committing $1 million to match national partnership funding, identifying opportunities to support Asian-owned small businesses, engaging minority-owned Asian enterprises through our supplier diversity efforts and advocating for hate crimes legislation.
“We unequivocally stand against Asian hate,” said Nikki Clifton, president of The UPS Foundation. “Our words and actions matter now more than ever, and we’re showcasing our enduring commitment to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community during the month of May – and throughout the year.”
Organizations Supported by The UPS Foundation
Consider volunteering or getting involved in one of The UPS Foundation’s many partner organizations or the dozens of local relationships that have been established in UPS districts and international regions. These include:
- Ascend – Leverages the leadership and global business potential of Pan-Asian professionals worldwide, offering professional development and career enhancement programs through more than 40 student chapters and 20 professional chapters in the U.S. and Canada.
- Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies – Promotes participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. Programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office.
- Japanese American Citizens League – Secures and safeguards the civil and human rights of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and all communities affected by injustice and bigotry.
- Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (California) – Works to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders through leadership, empowerment and policy.
- National Association of Asian American Professionals – Cultivates and empowers Asian and Pacific Islander leaders through professional development programs, community service engagements and diverse industry connections.
- OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates – Advances the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. through identity, leadership and advocacy development that cultivates the next generation of leaders who will build upon the legacy of community, civil rights and preservation.
- U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (Washington, D.C.) – Serves as the largest, most established nonprofit organization representing Pan-Asian Americans and their related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services.