UPS partners with humanitarian organization to aid in disaster relief efforts
Logistics — that's where UPS excels. Employees design a supply chain in the most efficient manner possible, making sure that shipments go exactly where they're needed in the shortest amount of time, using the fewest resources. These skills are never more crucial than in the aftermath of a disaster. UPS has put this expertise to work in its 20-year partnership with humanitarian relief organization CARE.
In this video, Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE, and Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation, discuss how the collaboration helps relieve poverty and respond to emergencies around the world.
The UPS Foundation has donated more than $5 million in direct financial support over the past two decades to CARE, and also provides in-kind and technical assistance. The UPS Foundation recently helped CARE implement a software system that tracks global projects and supplies. The system, built and powered by The Aidmatrix Foundation, has been introduced in several countries where CARE operates, and will be rolled out in Kenya at the largest refugee camp in the world this May.
"We have logisticians that have accompanied CARE to far-flung locations in the world where CARE operates," says Martinez. "In the area of preparedness, we have been able to develop technologies that help CARE track their commodities more effectively so they can more efficiently run their supply chain."
CARE works with the world's poorest communities to build long-term, sustainable solutions, helping those in need lift themselves out of poverty through education and economic development. The program helps protect, feed, shelter and empower 80 to 100 million people each year.
"We view our partnership with UPS as really core and fundamental to the work that we do," says Gayle.
Learn more about The UPS Foundation and its commitment to humanitarian relief efforts at ups.com/foundation.
Speaker 1: CARE is an international organization that is focused on eliminating extreme poverty around the world. So we work with the poorest communities, helping them to build their capacity to lift themselves out of poverty and to find sustainable, long- term solutions for doing that. So, we help provide health and health services, education, economic development. We work in agriculture, providing access to clean and safe drinking water, but we also provide services for people who are affected by emergencies, providing direct relief.
Part of our work includes putting a particular focus on girls and women. We believe that if you provide education for a girl, she's more likely to marry later, have fewer children, have an income, and use that income in ways that can bring long lasting change to her communities. UPS has been a strong partner with CARE for over 20 years. They have provided direct financial support over $5 million since our partnership, but they've also provided incredible in-kind and technical support that is also worth millions of dollars.
Speaker 2: We have logisticians that have accompanied CARE to far-flung places of the world where CARE operates. In the area of preparedness, we have been able to develop technologies that help CARE their commodities more effectively so that they can more efficiently run their supply chain.
Speaker 1: We view our partnership with UPS as really core and fundamental to the work that we do.
Speaker 2: When dramatic crisis occurs, you have to have important partnerships established in advance so you can have a measurable impact.
Speaker 1: Every year we estimate we reach 80 to 100 million people directly through our programs, and we know we also reach many more people indirectly by the benefits that those programs accrue.