What’s the story: UPS is demonstrating commitment to equity and inclusion by supporting economic growth for women, including more than $3 million in funding last year for women-centered programs and sponsorships. From campaigns that uplift women-owned businesses to investment in community partnerships and increased representation in company management, UPS is focused on driving greater gender equity.
Why it matters: “UPS is proud to take steps that empower women in the global economy,” said Juan Perez, chief information and engineering officer and executive sponsor of UPS’s Women’s Leadership Development Business Resource Group. “Women are a powerful source of innovation inside the company and are a strong source of job creation and economic growth around the world.”
Concrete action from UPS:
- The UPS Foundation committed more than $3.3 million in grants and sponsorships to advance programs supporting women’s issues in 2021, including organizations like Spelman College, ACCION International and Catalyst Inc.
- Since 2018, 17,000 women and small business owners connected to the global economy through UPS’s Women Exporters Program. Last year, the program trained and coached 2,200 women on integrating their small businesses into the global economy.
- The UPS Ignite program will strengthen 140 women-owned and underrepresented businesses through education, resources, networking and $100K in grants in 2022.
- 31% of UPS board members are ethnically diverse and 46% are women.
- Women make up one-third of our C-suite.
- UPS is led by one of the few women CEOs in the Fortune 500, Carol B. Tomé.
How UPSers can get involved:
- March 8, 10:30 a.m. ET: Fireside chat with UPS ESG Trailblazers Book Club Baroness Minouche Shafik, author and director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Laura Lane, chief public affairs officer and Penny Naas, president of international public affairs and sustainability.
- March 10, 8:30 a.m. ET: Career advice roundtable discussion prompted by video from recent panel with CEO Carol B. Tomé and the five women on the UPS Board of Directors. Breakout groups will share the best career advice they’ve ever received. Register here.
- March 22, 1:00 p.m. ET: Allyship roundtable discussion based on video from Board of Directors panel. Hear from our Executive Leadership Team and share personal examples of allyship. Register here.
- March 31, 8:30 a.m. ET: Premiere of full video of Board of Directors panel discussion with CEO Carol B. Tomé. Register here.
- Local Business Resource Group events: Local chapters of the Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) and Women in Operations (WIO) chapters are hosting tons of events throughout the month.
How we can all honor the contributions of women in arts and culture:
- Tune into films and shows directed by women filmmakers.
- Explore new artwork created by groundbreaking women artists.
- Spin inspiring tunes by women artists.
- Read a book by any one of countless women authors.
The broader view: Women’s History Month began in 1987 as a way to celebrate the not as widely known contributions of women to U.S. history. The official theme of Women's History Month this year is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” It’s a tribute to frontline workers – like UPSers – and a recognition of the thousands of ways that women have provided healing and hope throughout history.
International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on March 8. Keep an eye out for an exciting announcement from UPS that day.
Did you know: UPS has employed women from the early days of our 115-year history. Women were first hired into driver and operations roles during World War II.