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Published September 14, 2012 07:04 AM

UPS Earns Top Score Among U.S. Firms On Carbon Disclosure

For the second consecutive year, UPS (NYSE: UPS) has received the highest score in the 2012 Carbon Disclosure Project's "Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index" of S&P companies, receiving a 99 out of 100.

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UPS is one of only two U.S. companies to achieve the high score, reflecting the company’s commitment to transparency and leadership with regards to carbon reporting and performance in mitigating environmental impact. UPS is the only company from the Standard & Poor's 500 (S&P) Industrials sector to receive the highest score. Only four companies in the world received scores of 99 or higher.

According to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), companies are scored on their climate change disclosure and high scores indicate good internal data management and understanding of climate change related issues affecting the company.

Results from the 2012 Carbon Disclosure Project indicate that S&P 500 companies are making significant strides with regards to transparency and progress on carbon goals, narrowing the gap with Global 500 companies. The average performance score of the S&P 500 increased by 44% with assurance of emissions data nearly doubling, signaling a greater commitment to transparency and accuracy.

"Companies that make the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index have demonstrated good internal data management practices for understanding greenhouse gas emissions," said Paul Simpson, chief executive officer of the Carbon Disclosure Project. "They have shown a strong awareness of the business issues related to climate change including climate-related risks and opportunities. Those organizations that give clear consideration to measuring and reporting on climate change issues will be best placed to capitalize on the opportunities from managing them."

"UPS's commitment to sustainability and transparency in reporting is a guiding principle to our strategy," said Scott Wicker, UPS's chief sustainability officer.  "Being recognized by one of the world's most respected organizations evaluating environmental performance is an affirmation that our programs are on the right path to creating a better environment for our employees, our customers and our communities."

Photo of Hybrid UPS truck courtesy PhillyShipping.com.

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