by Ray Hayes

On July 9th, the UPS Foundation announced that it will awarding more than $10 million in grants to support 44 diversity and inclusion programs. The funds will aid programs that are centered on economic empowerment, education/scholarships, work training, and social and gender equality.

Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS, spoke about the recent announcement, stating; “We are honored to collaborate and fund organizations that drive measurable change around the world. 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.”

The UPS Foundation also revealed a new partnership with the International Trade Center that has resulted in the creation of the UPS Women Exporter Program. One of the main goals of the program is to train women in cross-border trading.  As reported by, “This initiative will leverage a network of UPS partners including the Graça Machel Trust, Kagider Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey, Accion and Opportunity International to provide women entrepreneurs around the world with a unique network, platform, financing and UPS expertise to connect to markets.”