UPS Foundation delivers safety for humanitarian fleets
Aid and humanitarian organisations are participating in an initiative to improve their fleet safety and environmental management, through a US $150,000 grant from UPS Foundation to the Road Safety Fund.
The UPS Foundation support is enabling Fleet Forum, an international NGO which specialises in fleet management programmes, to design and implement new Fleet Management Standards. The aim of the project is to improve current fleet management performance in order to reduce the number of road traffic crashes, reduce environmental impact and improve efficiency. This in turn should enable improvements in the effectiveness of programme delivery by aid and development organisations.
Humanitarian organisations participating in the project include Catholic Relief Services, INSEAD, INSEAD Business School, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, Oxfam GB, Riders for Health, World Food Programme (WFP), World Vision International, UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
The ultimate objective is to allocate more resources to aid and development delivery. Fleet Forum’s previous experience with improving fleet management in aid and development organisations showed that the benefits that can be achieved include reducing road traffic crashes by up to 40% and reducing fuel consumption (and CO2 and particulate emissions) by up to 15%. Improved efficiency and transparency in incident reporting can also significantly reduce the operating costs of fleets.
In the development phase of the project, the fleet management standards will be developed using good practice already operated in some commercial and public fleet operators, which will be made applicable to the operational environment of aid and development organisations. To support organisations to improve continuously a fleet management assessment will be delivered. Organisations can use the assessment to measure their current level of fleet management, identify gaps and create an action plan for improvements in safety performance, environmental impact and efficiency. A benchmark framework will provide metrics to enable allow organisations to score their fleet management systems and to compare their performance with their peers.
The Fleet Management Standards for Aid and Development Organisations project is the latest in a series of road safety initiatives supported by the UPS Foundation and UPS, a portfolio which has included working with Fleet Forum and North Star Alliance to develop the NSEWA Learning Network, a new driver training curriculum for itinerant HGV drivers in southern Africa; supporting the ‘Helmets for Kids’ programme of the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation in Cambodia and Vietnam; and working with Fleet Forum to support road safety training for school children in India. UPS is a Global Supporter of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.