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CSR Roundup: UPS Exceeds 4 of 7 Goals; SABMiller Continues To Cut Water Use

According to the company’s latest annual Sustainability ReportUPS met its goals for employee safety, auto accident frequency, aircraft emissions and full-time employee retention. The logistics giant fell short of goals for efficiency of jet fuel use, employee satisfaction and charitable contributions.

Chief Sustainability Officer Scott Wicker also cited these achievements:

  • Using advanced route-planning technology, UPS avoided driving 85 million miles, saving 8.4 million gallons of fuel and 83,000 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions.
  • The expanding deployment of telematics technology eliminated more than 98 million minutes of engine idling time, saving 653,000 gallons of fuel.
  • UPS achieved a net reduction in U.S. domestic energy use at its facilities.
  • UPS earned the highest Carbon Disclosure Project score among all U.S. companies and tied with three others for the top score in the world.
  • In 2011, overall emissions declined 3.5% even though package volume grew by 1.8%.  

For the first time, UPS also introduced a “materiality matrix” that maps how the company’s interests match or differ from those of other stakeholders. The matrix will be used to guide the company as it sets future sustainability priorities, Wicker added.

Also for the first time, the report provides examples of the company’s direct and indirect economic impact. Data include:

  • Employee compensation and benefits - $27.6 billion.
  • Taxes paid - $3.1 billion.
  • Dividends paid- $2 billion.
  • Education provided to employees -$17.5 million in tuition support to 14,764 students.
  • Employment of 398,242 permanent employees, including 77,706 outside the United States.
  • $78 million paid to small and diverse suppliers.

SABMiller reduced the amount of water it uses in its brewing process by 5 percent over the last year, building on a 3 percent reduction the year before.

The company, which is one of the world’s largest brewers, also reduced fossil fuel emissions per hectolitre of lager produced by 10 percent, according to its 2012 Sustainable Development Report.

SABMiller says it understands that its profitability depends on healthy communities, growing economies and the responsible use of natural resources. These issues are reflected in 10 sustainable development priorities described in the report. Highlights from the past year include:

  • Generated over US$23,921 million of economic value, the majority of which was distributed through the course of business to employees, shareholders and other stakeholders
  • Increased the average group score against its bespoke performance-monitoring tool - the Sustainability Assessment Matrix (SAM) - from 2.9 to 3.2, and improved the score achieved in all ten priority areas
  • Directly supported around 100,000 farming jobs in Africa
  • Doubled the reach of the public-private Water Futures partnership, extending to four new markets: Colombia, Honduras, India and the USA
  • Invested US$34 million in corporate social investment around the world, a significant portion of which is focused on supporting local entrepreneurs, particularly in Colombia and South Africa
  • Ensured that more than 50,000 employees are trained in alcohol responsibility and SABMiller policies

Bart King is a PR/marketing communications consultant and principal at Cleantech Communications. 


Bart King is the principal of New Growth Communications, a network of affiliated content producers and strategists serving clients in the emerging green economy. He is also an associate editor for Sustainable Brands. Follow him @bart_kingGoogle+

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