The recipients include the International Trade Centre, a multilateral agency created by the World Trade Organization and the United Nations that contributes directly to ten of the UN's seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, including quality education, gender equality, and decent work and economic growth. The foundation's funding and partnership with ITC will be the centerpiece in the creation of the UPS Women's Exporter Program, which will teach thousands of women the ins and outs of cross-border trading. To that end, the initiative will leverage a network of UPS partners — including the Graça Machel Trust, the Kagider Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey, Accion, and Opportunity International — to provide women entrepreneurs around the world with a unique network, platform, financing, and expertise enabling them to connect to markets.
Other grantees include the National Urban League, in support of its Entrepreneur Center program; Girls, Inc., in support of its College and Readiness Initiative, which hopes to reach at least two thousand eighth-grade and high school girls across the country; the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, to enhance its Knowledge Center website, which serves more than a quarter of a million individuals; and Truckers Against Trafficking, in support of its anti-human-trafficking education and training for members of the trucking industry in the U.S. and Canada.
"We are honored to collaborate and fund organizations that drive measurable change around the world," said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. "Advancing the diversity and inclusion movement is a cornerstone of our company's values. Our support for initiatives that will make a real difference in people's lives in our communities is an extension of our dedication to help advance social and gender equality around the globe."