Deutsche Post DHL Calls on Its Employees Worldwide to Act on Their Social
*Thousands of employees mobilize in their local communities for “Global
PLANTATION, Fla. -- September 17, 2013
Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s leading postal and logistics group, is calling
on its employees and customers and partnering with non-profit organizations
worldwide for its annual “Global Volunteer Day” which takes place during
September. Last year, some 62,000 employees from 120 countries around the
world contributed to more than 1,000 “Global Volunteer Day” projects.
Employees from the four DHL units operating in the United States are
participating in a number of activities this month including beach, river and
park clean-ups; a donation drive to provide personal care packages for U.S.
soldiers abroad; repacking and distributing food items at a food bank in
Washington State; and preparing meals that will be sent to malnourished
children in nearly 70 countries around the world..
In the Americas, DHL employees in 12 countries are working with Un Techo Para
Mi Pais, a Latin American non-profit organization that builds basic housing
for needy families. With the help of more than 1,500 employees, 200 homes have
been built since 2010. This year, the goal is to build another 100 homes,
including an effort in Panama where DHL executives will work alongside
employees during a weekend in October.
So far this year, employees at the DHL Americas hub in Cincinnati raised
$12,000 to provide wishes to two area children via the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
DHL employees have also organized donation drives for back-to-school supplies
supporting at-risk schoolchildren in Arizona and Florida; raised more than
$200,000 for the fight against cancer by mustering a team of 140 volunteers to
support Pelotonia, a biking event in central Ohio; participated in the
150-mile MS Pedal for a Cure 2013 Bike Ride to raise nearly $19,000 for
Multiple Sclerosis research; volunteered at a food bank serving hungry
families in 20 central Ohio counties; worked with veterans with major
disabilities who are returning to civilian life and trucked relief supplies
gathered by employees to help tornado victims in Moore, OK.
“Much like in years past, we’ll be supporting a myriad of different volunteer
projects around the world - in many cases, these are community projects that
involve our employees directly,” explains Christof Ehrhart, Director of
Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Post DHL.
“This year is special, however. Since many of our approximately 475,000
employees are busy volunteering in projects throughout the year, we’ve decided
to honor not only the activities carried out during the official “Global
Volunteer Day” weeks in September, but all other volunteer projects carried
out by our employees the whole year round. This allows our employees to really
put the Group’s “Living Responsibility” mission into practice.”
The tradition of volunteerism has always been strong among Deutsche Post DHL
employees. Their efforts were formalized into an official volunteer day
conducted around the world. Today, the activities are coordinated throughout
the company by the employees themselves – with all projects integrated into a
shared platform. Projects are implemented at the country and regional level,
making it possible to tailor them to meet local needs.
All of the volunteer projects reflect at least one of the Group’s three
Corporate Responsibility programs: “GoTeach”, for improved education, the
environmental program “GoGreen” and “GoHelp”, which provides disaster
logistics support worldwide. As a result, schools in Germany get a new coat of
paint, employees in Finland help clean up a river, and sports equipment is
collected for transport to Chinese elementary schools, to name a few.
Deutsche Post DHL also promotes employee volunteerism through its Living
Responsibility Fund. Twice a year employees can apply for financial support
for local projects that they can take part in which are run by local
non-profit organizations . In 2012, Deutsche Post DHL granted funding to a
total of 104 projects involving more than 9,000 employees in 48 countries
worldwide. Promoting the community involvement of employees, combined with the
Group’s three “Go” programs, is a key component of the Corporate
Responsibility strategy at Deutsche Post DHL.
You can find the press release for download as well as further information on
www.dpdhl.com/gvd2013. You can find pictures and recent activities also via
www.facebook.com/living.responsibility or via the hashtag #gvd 13 on Twitter.
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provides its customers with both easy to use standardized products as well as
innovative and tailored solutions ranging from dialog marketing to industrial
supply chains. About 475,000 employees in more than 220 countries and
territories form a global network focused on service, quality and
sustainability. With programs in the areas of environmental protection,
disaster management and education, the Group is committed to social
responsibility. In 2012, Deutsche Post DHL generated revenues of more than 55
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Deutsche Post DHL
Christina Müschen, +49 (0)228 182-99 44
Media Relations Americas
Bea Garcia, 786-853-4783
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