2010 Sustainability Report
Leaner | greener | faster | smarter

Our commitment | Greenhouse gas

Benchmarking our performance

Given our size and service mandate, it’s been challenging to identify appropriate peers for benchmarking our sustainability performance.

Based on employee headcount, Wal-Mart is among the Postal Service’s closest corporate peers.

Customers usually view UPS and FedEx as our primary mailing industry peers. It isn’t appropriate to compare USPS to other federal agencies because we charge customers for our products and services and don’t receive tax dollars to fund our operations.

In 2008, USPS worked with the International Post Corporation and 16 other international Posts to develop the Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System, a transparent, scientifically carbon measurement and monitoring system. It’s based on international best practice standards such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Dow Jones Sustainability Index, FTSE4Good and ISO 14001 and 14064 standards.

The monitoring system enables postal operators to measure and benchmark their carbon management proficiency across 10 areas:

  • Principles and standards
  • Policies and procedures
  • Management
  • Strategies
  • Targets
  • Activities and programs
  • Employee engagement
  • Measurement and verification
  • Disclosure and reporting
  • Value chain management

Our goals are to outperform both the sector-wide average carbon management proficiency score from the preceding calendar year, and to improve our goal each calendar year.

In 2009, we significantly improved our 2008 proficiency score, jumping from 53 percent to 73 percent. And we outperformed the 2009 industry average proficiency score of 61 percent. Our 2010 scores will be reported in fall 2011 and made available at: usps.com/green.