Package delivery giant UPS is elevating the role of environmental sustainability within its operations by creating the post of chief sustainability officer.
The $50 billion transportation company chose Scott Wicker, formerly vice president of corporate plant engineering, as its first "CSO," the company said Wednesday.
Wicker is already deeply involved in sustainability at UPS, the company said, leading a dedicated engineering group that manages global sustainability initiatives.
The engineering group oversees a cross-functional sustainability working committee that establishes key performance indicators and goals for UPS.
"The discipline and systematic analytics we use in engineering are extremely valuable when devising internal sustainability programs," Wicker noted.
Wicker joined UPS 34 years ago, starting out as a package loader.
Sustainability had been the responsibility of Robert Stoffel, who retired as senior vice president for supply chain, strategy, engineering and sustainability Jan. 1.
When a company the size of UPS advances a sustainability initiative, its impact tends to ripple across customer supply chains and affect multiple industries.
UPS has internal goals to reduce carbon emissions in its air and ground fleet, promote fuel and energy conservation and invest in alternative fuels and vehicles, according to its corporate sustainability report.
"The new post recognizes the expanding scope of UPS's sustainability actions, as well as its strategic importance," said Chief Operating Officer David Abney.
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