2011 Global Humanitarian Relief:
Following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan in March 2011, The UPS Foundation pledged US$1 million in relief for earthquake victims there. This amount funded in-kind transportation of emergency supplies, the services of trained humanitarian logistics personnel, and financial support.
In July of 2011, the United Nations Office for the Coordinating of Humanitarian Affairs reported that the Horn of Africa was experiencing the most severe food crisis in the world, with more than 13 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti in need of urgent life-saving assistance. The UPS Foundation responded with a supplemental donation of US$100,000 to UNICEF, a long-time philanthropic partner of the Foundation, a US$150,000 donation to CARE; and a special charter flight by UPS Airlines from Europe to Africa with 50 metric tonnes of food for the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP), another long-time philanthropic partner of UPS. In the weeks that followed, the Foundation worked with UNICEF to coordinate in-kind transport of an additional 60 metric tonnes of food from Europe to a distribution
In January of 2011, The UPS Foundation established Logistics Action Teams (LATs) in four U.S. cities to support the American Red Cross. LATs are modeled on the World Food Programme’s Logistics Emergency Team (LET) program, which utilizes logistics experts from private companies including UPS in times of crisis. The UPS Foundation activated a team for the fist time to support the American Red Cross’s relief efforts for victims fof tornadoes in the southeastern region of the U.S., and also pledged an additional $100,000 to the American Red Cross (beyond an existing $50,00 commitment) and made a $50,000 contribution to the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the Red Cross, also earmarked for emergency relief for tornado victims.
We have increased our capacity-building support in recent years due to growing need for efficient logistics and transportation. In 2011, we: