United is not only the name of our airline, it’s also our core philosophy and our guiding principle. Together, united, we are always better, always stronger.
That ethos extends through the ways we work with each other to how we serve our customers, every single day.
It also drives our relationships with and our responsibilities to the communities we live in and serve. We are united in our efforts to make a real, positive difference in the world. Our actions align with the United Nations Global Compact, which outlines key principles of environmental and social responsibility for businesses around the world. We have been proud to be the only U.S. airline participating in the Compact since 2010.
We have a number of key corporate responsibility priorities. We connect people and the planet, we lift up communities in crisis, we promote inclusion and we inspire the next generation of aviation leaders.
I am especially proud of some of our recent achievements in those areas. Our continued efforts around energy-efficient operations led United to be ranked number one among global carriers in Newsweek’s 2017 Global 500 Green Rankings, one of the most recognized environmental performance assessments of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. Since 1994, we have improved our fuel efficiency by 35 percent, and we are one of the leading airlines in the use of renewable, sustainable aviation fuel.
Being there when we are needed most is also core to our mission. In the aftermath of devastating Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, we operated more than 58 flights supporting relief efforts. This included volunteering one of the largest aircraft in our fleet to transport more than 35,000 pounds of emergency relief supplies to Puerto Rico and evacuate more than 1,600 Puerto Ricans to cities around the country.
Promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce is vital. Our goal is creating a culture in which acceptance and appreciation of everyone is the norm and each employee is comfortable bringing their full self to work. So, I take true pride in United’s recognition as the "Best-of-the-Best” by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) for leading our industry across all diverse segments.
Finally, because we must secure the future of our industry, inspiring the next generation of aviation leaders is key to United. We ensure a future generation of aviation professionals through hands-on educational activities and rich internships that position youth to be leaders in the field.
Our continuing efforts focused on social and environmental progress are just as important as our key business and customer-service goals. We are absolutely committed to work that ensures our communities and the world in general benefit from our continued success. Our ultimate goal is to connect people and unite the world, when and where it truly matters.