This Corporate Do-Gooder Gets Dirty

TPG CEO Peter Bakker on why -- and how -- the Dutch logistics giant is working with the U.N. to tackle specific problems in poor nations

As CEO of Amsterdam-based TPG, Peter Bakker runs a $12 billion mail, express delivery, and logistics outfit with 150,000 employees in 62 countries. TPG has seen its sales and net income double since its formation in 1996, the result of a merger between the Netherlands' national postal service and a worldwide logistics business. Bakker admits that even though TPG has expanded its global reach to 200 countries, he hadn't thought much about its broader role in the global economy -- and the responsibilities that come with it -- until the events of September 11.

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