Deutsche Post DHL Rolls Out Global Volunteer Day 2011

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SINGAPORE, Sept. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-AsiaNet/ —

Nearly 20,000 employees in the Asia Pacific region help with CSR efforts

DHL, part of Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s leading postal and logistics group, is rolling out Global Volunteer Day 2011. Between September 1 and September 10, 2011, approximately 27,000 DHL employees across Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with their business partners and customers, will help over 47,000 beneficiaries through some 160 community programs. In the Asia Pacific region, nearly 20,000 employees from 40 countries will give back to local communities. The efforts are part of the company’s global drive to inculcate a passion for volunteerism among employees.

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“Riding on the success of previous Volunteer Day activities started in Asia Pacific in 2008, DHL has taken this initiative from regional participation to a global volunteerism drive. As the world’s leading logistics company, we feel it is important to involve our colleagues from all over the world and give back to communities that we operate in,” said Jerry Hsu, CEO, Asia Pacific, DHL Express. “We are touched by the commitment and support of our colleagues, as Volunteer Day brings to life our company’s corporate culture of going the extra mile and making a positive contribution to our world.”

“Our employees are our greatest asset. Global Volunteer Day 2011 gives employees across the region the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get involved in community projects. Through the various programs and activities planned, we hope to spur our employees to be of one mind as they contribute in their own way to society,” said Amadou Diallo, CEO, Africa and South Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding.

Dr. Kelvin Leung, CEO, North Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding said: “Our commitment to give back to the community is supported by three pillars — GoGreen, GoHelp and GoTeach. Each pillar focuses on key issues that affect our community, be it environmental protection, humanitarian efforts or promoting education opportunities among children and youths. Our approach to corporate responsibility demonstrates DHL’s goal of advancing and promoting sustainable development and plays an integral part in our Strategy 2015 initiative.”

“DHL’s commitment to reach out to local communities is reinforced annually through our employees’ volunteering effort. Through Global Volunteer Day 2011, we aim to not only inspire a spirit of volunteerism but also to directly create a positive impact on local communities,” said Paul Graham, CEO, Asia Pacific, DHL Supply Chain.

Volunteer activities in the Asia Pacific cover a wide range of efforts including the following:

— In China, DHL volunteers will visit the DHL Chunlei School, a school that was affected by the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, and that DHL helped re-build through donations. Volunteers will play games with children, and deliver stationery to them.

— Volunteers in Hong Kong are organizing a goods donation drive to deliver reusable items to the underprivileged, while volunteers at the ‘Green Living Outing’ will help underprivileged children to learn more about and experience an organic green lifestyle, as well as interact with the elders through various activities at an organic farm.

— In India, DHL will help ‘Teach for India’ fellows mentor children, partner with the United Nations to plant trees, and organize a blood donation drive with THINK Foundation.

— DHL Japan’s volunteers will visit the earthquake-affected disaster area in Tohoku to assist in the cleaning efforts at Ishinomaki, and undertake other tasks coordinated by the public volunteer centre.

— Volunteers in Mongolia will drive a “Clean Air Project” for households in the Ger area, where DHL will donate fuel-efficient stoves that release 89 per cent less pollution than conventional stoves.

Introduced in Asia Pacific in 2008, Volunteer Day has expanded into Americas, Middle East, Africa and Europe over the years, and continues to build on its success by involving more employees than ever before. From 1 to 10 September this year, Deutsche Post DHL offices around the world are participating in many diverse community projects in support of various local causes. These programs deliver to the company’s three Corporate Responsibility programs — GoTeach (championing education), GoGreen (protecting the environment) and GoHelp (delivering help after natural disasters).

DHL – The Logistics company for the world

DHL, part of Deutsche Post DHL, is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 275,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 51 billion euros in 2010.

SOURCE: DHL