United Airlines Launches Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative
United puts more focus on environmentally sustainable purchasing
CHICAGO, April 18, 2013
CHICAGO, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines is launching a
Sustainable Supply Chain (SSC) initiative in an effort to better understand
the environmental performance of its suppliers and deepen relationships with
its key supply chain partners. The initiative underscores United's effort to
lead commercial aviation as an environmentally responsible company and builds
on the airline's actions and commitment to environmental sustainability.
"We work with hundreds of suppliers so it's important for us to understand the
environmental impact on our supply chain, and this new initiative allows us to
be proactive," said Katrina Manning, United's vice president of technical
procurement. "Focusing on our supply chain presents us with an opportunity to
make responsible decisions to further strengthen our commitment to the
The SSC program involves measuring and evaluating the sustainability of
United's current suppliers' products and operations through a comprehensive
survey, starting with those suppliers in traditionally high-risk industries as
well as members of the airline's strategic supplier community. United will
also integrate the environmentally focused questions into its request for
proposal (RFP) process. Through implementation of the SSC program, United will
evaluate whether the use of its suppliers' product or services would reduce
the airline's impact on the environment.
"We are pleased to launch this program that demonstrates our commitment to
working with key supply chain partners on environmental issues," said Jimmy
Samartzis, United's managing director of global environmental affairs and
sustainability. "We will not only incorporate environmental considerations
into our purchasing decisions, but will also seek to identify opportunities to
collaborate with our suppliers to improve the environmental profile of the
products and services we use."
In 2014, United will seek to establish targets for improvement and begin to
communicate those expectations to its suppliers.
The SSC initiative is aligned with the airline's participation in the United
Nations Global Compact, which encourages its signatories to promote
environmental practices throughout their supply chain. United was the first
U.S. airline to join the Global Compact. For more information on United's
commitment to environmental sustainability, visit www.united.com/ecoskies.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,446 flights a day
to more than 370 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United
Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and
operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is
investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats
in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any
airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based
international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas
routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on nearly 200 aircraft, offering
customers more live television access than any other airline in the world.
United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale
investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet
by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company
expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new
international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded
United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global
Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent
flyer program for nine consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star
Alliance, which provides service to 194 countries via 27 member airlines. More
than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries
around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on
Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental
Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
SOURCE United Airlines
Contact: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, 312.997.8640,
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