UPS® contributed over $1.5m to Canadian communities in 2019

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  • $1.1 million in charitable donations to United Way in Canada
  • More than $398,000 in grants from The UPS Foundation®
  • $100,000 in community grants to more than 140 charitable organizations
  • 113,703 volunteer hours from UPS employees, families and friends
  • 21 UPS Canada drivers inducted into Circle of Honour with 25 years or more of accident-free driving
  • 1,000 trees planted across Canada to help offset emissions
  • 619 young adults graduated from UPS drive safety training program
  • Five Canadian students awarded the James E. Casey Scholarship
  • Over 2,500 drivers trained on Human Trafficking Awareness

UPS (NYSE:UPS) Canada employees continued to demonstrate the importance of social responsibility in 2019, contributing time and money to the communities they serve. For the 18th consecutive year, UPS Canada was presented with the ‘Thanks a Million’ award, continuing a 30 year relationship with the United Way in Canada and raising $1.1 million (CAD) toward United Way initiatives. This accomplishment was a combination of employee engagement and sponsored events, like the charity plane pulls hosted in Mississauga, Calgary and Hamilton.

Diversity, volunteerism, community safety and environmental sustainability are values important to UPS employees. This is why globally, UPS is on track to meet 20 million volunteer hours and plant 15 million trees by the end of this year, to help offset emissions and improve lives. Last year, 1,000 trees were planted across Canada and UPS employees volunteered 113,703 hours in their communities to support local initiatives such as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Youth Without Shelter. During Global Volunteer Month in October, employees volunteered more than 28,000 hours of their time.

In 2019, The UPS Foundation awarded more than $398,000 in Canadian grants, including $50,000 to Credit Valley Conservation Foundation and over $45,000 to Food for Life Canada. An additional $100,000 in community grants were awarded to over 140 charitable organizations.

“Continuing with our strong tradition of giving back to communities, we support diverse charitable organizations to help build a better and sustainable world. Our employees are motivated and passionate to give back as they know their efforts are leading to long-term improvements in the Canadian communities where they live and work,” said Dominic Porporino, president of UPS Canada. “It’s their continued support and dedication to safety, that creates a positive impact in society.”

The company’s commitment to safe driving is a core value at UPS and a key area of focus for its drivers. Drivers are trained to master safety before and while they are on-road. In 2019, 21 drivers were inducted into UPS Canada’s ‘Circle of Honour’, a program recognizing those who have not had an avoidable accident for 25 years or more. Today, 258 drivers in Canada are members of this program. Globally, over 10,000 drivers have logged more than 22 billion kilometres of safe driving through their careers.

UPS Road Code® is a global sponsored teen safe driving program based on the company’s safe-driving methods that is offered through various Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada locations. Its success is largely dependent on the UPS service providers that oversee the program and facilitate the hands-on training. Last year, 619 young adults graduated from the program, bringing the total to 2,815 graduates in Canada.

As part of its scholarship program, UPS awarded five Canadian students with the James E. Casey scholarship in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements. Since 1963, the program has supported education of more than 5,800 children of UPS employees in over 40 countries worldwide.

UPS also announced its partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), to play a vital role in combatting human trafficking, by creating awareness amongst its 12,000 employees, including over 2,500 drivers, on how to recognize and respond to signs of human trafficking activity.

“We are proud to support this initiative and create awareness on combatting human trafficking. Our drivers are educated and equipped with tools to help prevent this modern day slavery,” added Porporino.

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About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. UPS was awarded America’s Best Customer Service company for Shipping and Delivery services by Newsweek magazine; Forbes Most Valuable Brand in Transportation; and top rankings on the JUST 100 list for social responsibility, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, among other prestigious rankings and awards. The company can be found on the web at or and its corporate blog can be found at The company’s sustainability eNewsletter, UPS Horizons, can be found at To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_Canada on Twitter.