Promoting Inclusivity Through Trade

UPS recognizes the importance of engaging domestic stakeholders, small businesses, and all segments of society to support inclusive growth.
Sep 10, 2018 1:05 PM ET
To support the sustainability of global trade, UPS recognizes the importance of engaging domestic stakeholders, small businesses, and all segments of society to support inclusive growth.
Though trade continued to grow in 2017, despite lower projections, there are some areas of opportunity to further grow trade and strengthen the positive trajectory. Consider that among women-owned businesses, only one in five participates in international trade. More inclusive approaches will build new sources of trade and new trade supporters. It is a question of economics as much as equality: when the benefits of growth are shared more broadly, that growth is stronger and more resilient.
In this spirit, we are developing a UPS Women Exporters Program, a global effort to help women business owners learn about and consider exporting by 2020. UPS will partner with SheTrades, which aims to connect 1 million women to markets by 2020 through partnerships with the private sector. As one example, through SheTrades Argentina, UPS will work with Argentina’s Department of Economic Development to establish workshops to provide access to markets, knowledge, and technical proficiency to women entrepreneurs.
With expertise in trade, small businesses, e-commerce, and exporting, UPS is uniquely positioned to help close gender gaps in resources, information, and networks. We intend to take a partnership approach, working with governments and nongovernmental organizations, which will allow us to provide targeted information while expanding the resources, scope, and diversity of training. By collaborating with different entities in many regions, we will provide entrepreneurs with the basic skills and knowledge needed to enter international markets.
Engaging Latin American Businesses
UPS tailors its trade advocacy approach to the unique needs of different regions. In some parts of Latin America, for example, we have seen the creation of regulations that have the effect of slowing e-commerce growth rather than policies that would facilitate cross-border e-commerce. To help address customers’ questions, UPS Public Affairs hosted a webinar for current and potential customers in Mexico. The webinar featured a guest speaker from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and focused on TFA, e-commerce trends, imports, and exports. We conducted a second webinar in Colombia and will conduct additional webinars in 2018. In partnership with Latin American chambers of commerce, UPS also participates in export seminars and forums to educate small business owners on how to engage in international trade.
This story is from the 2017 UPS Sustainability Progress Report: On the Leading Edge. Visit to see the full Report, GRI Content Index, and other stories of innovation.
In the media section for this post is a new report in partnership with UPS and the Global Innovation Forum on trade from women in the Association of South East Asia Nations.