Toronto, CAN (May 1, 2019) – United Way Worldwide honored two global companies for their Corporate Social Responsibility work today, applauding their partnership and innovative efforts in building stronger communities.
United Way recognized UPS® with its new Gamechangers Award, and Wells Fargo with its new LIVE UNITED Award, at United Way’s Community Leadership and Impact Conference in Toronto, before 1,000+ people.
“I’m always inspired when businesses and their employees step up to the plate for their communities,” said Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide. “Wells Fargo and UPS are two of United Way’s best partners, fighting to make sure that individuals and families everywhere have greater opportunity to succeed. On behalf of everyone at United Way and the thousands of communities we support: thank you to everyone at Wells Fargo and UPS for your commitment and caring.”
UPS and Wells Fargo are among the 60,000 companies – including more than half of the Fortune 500 – that partner with United Way to solve the toughest issues in nearly 1,800 communities across the world. United Way features both companies in its new Public Service Announcement.
The Gamechangers Award is given to the United Way partner who is using an innovative, focused approach – combining the assets of the company, the empathy of their employees and more – to fight some of the toughest problems in today’s world. Teri Plummer McClure, Chief Human Resources Officer & SVP Labor & Employee Communications, accepted the award on behalf of UPS.
UPS was recognized for its work on fighting human trafficking. The company, which has worked with United Way for more than 35 years, trains its drivers to spot human trafficking and alert the authorities. The United Way Center on Human Trafficking & Slavery has been working with UPS to train hundreds of community leaders across the country to spot and respond to human trafficking signs. Last year, UPS and its employees contributed $62 million to United Way, $1.3 million of which were direct contributions from employees towards United Way's anti-trafficking work. This support will allow United to Way to launch a Human Trafficking Impact Fund that will dramatically expand its work in local communities.
The LIVE UNITED Award is given to the United Way partner that builds stronger communities across its corporate footprint, engages its employees in meaningful ways, and helps them make a real difference. Jon Campbell, EVP, Corporate Philanthropy & Community Relations, accepted the award on behalf of Wells Fargo.
Wells Fargo was recognized for its broader work in helping to improve education, financial stability and health. Wells Fargo has been United Way’s #1 workplace giving campaign for 10 consecutive years, fueling impact work that’s making a difference in people’s lives. For example, a Wells Fargo $5 million grant has helped more than 42,000 low- and moderate-income families meet with a financial coach. Of those, 32,500 met personal financial goals -- including increasing income, reducing debt, improving credit scores, increasing savings or improving debt-income ratio. And Wells Fargo team members in eight communities volunteer as financial coaches, and help promote the centers in low-income communities.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. UPS was awarded America’s Best Customer Service company for Shipping and Delivery services by Newsweek; Forbes’ Most Valuable Brand in Transportation; and top rankings on the JUST 100 list for social responsibility, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, among other prestigious rankings and awards. The company can be found on the web at ups.com or pressroom.ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. The company’s sustainability eNewsletter, UPS Horizons, can be found at ups.com/sustainabilitynewsletter. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.
About Wells Fargo
Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,800 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com). Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. With approximately 259,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In 2018, Wells Fargo donated $444 million to nearly 11,000 nonprofits in support of affordable housing, small business growth, financial education, and sustainability, among other community needs. For 10 consecutive years, Wells Fargo has held the honor of No. 1 in workplace giving by United Way Worldwide. Wells Fargo team members also make a difference by donating more than 2 million hours of volunteer time in the last year. News, insights and more information on the company’s corporate responsibility are available at Wells Fargo Stories
About United Way
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Supported by 2.9 million volunteers, 8.3 million donors worldwide and $4.6 billion raised every year, United Way is the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. We’re engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create sustainable solutions to the challenges facing our communities. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information about United Way, please visit UnitedWay.org. Follow us on Twitter: @UnitedWay and #LiveUnited.
Southerlyn Reisig, Director of Public Relations
United Way Worldwide
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