Climate Change

United Parcel Service

Brands and Associated Companies UPS UPS Airlines UPS Freight
InfluenceMap Score
D+
Performance Band
73%
Organisation Score
31%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Airlines and Logistics
Head​quarters:
Sandy Springs, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
UPS, UPS Airlines, UPS Freight

Despite positively recognizing the need for climate change action, UPS's does not appear to be heavily engaged with climate change policy. In October 2015 the company signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, recognizing both the economic and human imperatives of transitioning to a low-carbon future. This position has been reaffirmed by messaging through the company's website. In its 2014 CDP disclosure, UPS was transparent about its interaction with policies, in particular their support for energy efficiency standards in Germany, and transitioning the energy mix through Alternative Fuel Vehicle tax incentives in Indiana, Florida, and California. However, in its more recent CDP disclosure in 2015, UPS appears to have failed to sustain this level of transparency and support on climate change regulation, having only disclosed support for one climate change policy; energy efficiency incentives for transport vehicles. In 2013, UPS CEO David Abney appears to have stated support for the use of gas as a transition fuel. This was partly reaffirmed in 2016 through a company press release, although it is unclear whether UPS still recognizes natural gas as a transitional fuel or alternatively considers it a permanent solution. UPS has executives on the board of organizations that appear to be negatively impacting climate change legislation in the US such as the US Chamber of Commerce, although UPS’s CDP response states that there is a ‘mixed’ consistency between the Chambers climate position and its own. UPS also holds a leadership position within ALEC and has defended this position despite calls for it to rescind the membership over ALEC’s aggressive climate policy obstruction.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 1 1 NA NS NS NS NS NA
Climate Science Stance 1 1 NA NS NS NS NS NA
Need for climate regulations NS NS NS NS 1 NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support NS 2 NA NS 2 NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation -2 NA 0 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Emissions Trading NS 1 NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS NS 1 NS NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix NS 0 2 NS NS 1 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards NS 1 NS NS 0 NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships -2 NS 2 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
15%
 
7%
 
56%
 
28%
 
29%
 
30%
 
49%
 
62%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.