Big Brown finally finds its “green” man

After years of being greener, package delivery giant UPS has finally taken the step so many companies before it has: UPS has hired a sustainability officer.

“The creation of the new post recognizes the expanding scope of UPS’ sustainability actions, as well as its strategic importance,” said UPS COO David Abney. “The long-term success of our company absolutely requires a balance of the environmental, economic and social aspects of the business. Sustainability encompasses all of those areas.”

scott_wicker_fullsize.jpgScott Wicker, a 34-year veteran of the company who got his start as package loader before working his way up the corporate ladder on the engineering side of the company, has been hired as UPS’ first chief sustainability officer.

“The discipline and systematic analytics we use in engineering are extremely valuable when devising internal sustainability programs,” Wicker said. “Quantitative methodology ensures that our sustainability programs measure impact and keep us moving toward continuous improvement.”

According to UPS, Wicker has been deeply involved with sustainability at the company.

He’s a member of the Corporate Sustainability Steering Committee, and established a dedicated engineering group to manage sustainability data for reporting. He also leads internal environmental initiatives and his team oversees a cross-functional sustainability working committee that establishes performance indicators and goals for UPS.

Clearly, UPS’ sustainability efforts are in good hands.

“My role is to ensure that UPS continues to lead the industry in sustainable business practices; to introduce innovative, environmentally-responsible products to our customers, and to encourage employee engagement in the communities where they live and work,” said Wicker. “It’s an honor to be appointed to this new position.”

Despite not having a sustainability officer, UPS has taken a leading role in environmental initiatives. The company is involved with the Carbon Disclosure Project, the World Resources Institute, and the Global Reporting Initiative, among other organizations.

On the transportation front, UPS has been at the forefront of efforts and now employs approximately 2,000 alternative-fueled vehicles of various kinds in its fleet. It has set aggressive goals in reducing emissions, reducing miles, and investing in technology.

The company just recently announced it will purchase 48 heavy-duty lNG trucks.

To learn more about UPS’ efforts, you can view their annual sustainability reports at www.responsibility.ups.com.

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