PLANTATION, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s leading mail and logistics services provider, calls upon its 500,000 employees to participate in Global Volunteer Day (GVD) for the sixth year in a row. This year’s official GVD period runs from September 22 to October 2, when employees from all business units will again team up with independent organizations and charities to help in numerous non-profit projects to benefit the communities in which they live.
As Christof Ehrhart, Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications and Responsibility at Deutsche Post DHL Group, explains, the Global Volunteer Day 2016 motto – “Working Together for a Better World” – stresses the importance the company places on collaboration: “Employee volunteerism lies at the core of our efforts to connect people and improve their lives. Our GVD activities highlight the fact that when our employees join forces, not only do they donate their energy and skills to help their local communities, but they also grow together as a team. They achieve common goals, they enjoy and are proud of what they do, and they incorporate the GVD spirit into their daily work.”
In addition to a wide range of specially planned activities for the core GVD period, many employees remain active year-round, cementing lasting ties with the charitable organizations with which they work. In March, a team of 60 DHL cyclists participated in the MS Bike Ride from Miami to Key Largo. DHL Pedal On For a Cure participants included employees from various business units, some of whom traveled to the event from as far away as Puerto Rico, Arizona and Costa Rica. Collectively, the team, which included Americas CEO Mike Parra, raised $40,000.
The vast majority of GVD projects focus on one of the company’s long-standing GoTeach, GoHelp and GoGreen initiatives. Many activities take place in kindergartens and schools, while others take the form of job application workshops. Employees also volunteer to help people in need, some travel as part of the DHL Disaster Relief Team to areas where a natural disaster has occurred and help organize relief efforts so that incoming aid can be distributed quickly to victims; others help organize donation drives. And as environmental protection remains a major concern for many employees, some choose to plant trees, clean waste from beaches and parks, and support the upcycling trend by turning old, discarded materials into something useful and new.
For many years now, Deutsche Post DHL Group and SOS Children’s Villages have cooperated closely to help improve educational opportunity and employability for children and youths. In Latin America, many employees have worked with TECHO, a non-profit organization that builds provisional housing for families living in impoverished areas, and has helped rebuild houses destroyed by natural disasters.
In the United States this year, DHL employees are participating in a broad range of activities. In Columbus, OH, 210 DHL Supply Chain associates put their logistics skills to use providing 525 volunteer hours sorting and packing food at Mid-Ohio Foodbank. In addition, 136 associates logged nearly 700 volunteer hours riding and volunteering for Pelotonia, an annual grassroots bike tour that raises funds for research at The Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. Pelotonia fundraising continues through November with more than $200,000 raised to date. In Miami, FL, DHL volunteers from various business units participated in a coastal cleanup at historic Virginia Key Beach Park.
DHL Supply Chain associates at 26 locations across Canada coordinated fundraising events for the Canadian Red Cross to benefit the Ft. McMurray, Canada, forest fire relief efforts. Associates also volunteered to assemble 10,000 emergency food relief kits for evacuees, including 60DHL Supply Chain associates affected by the fires. In all, associates raised more than $26,000 for the Canadian Red Cross and provided 1,352 volunteer hours.
In Peru, DHL volunteers from the various business units painted the dining area of a school in an impoverished area. And in Colombia, DHL Global Forwarding volunteers have planted trees in Bogota and Medellin, and in partnership with Colgate Palmolive and TECHO, built two houses for low-income families in June. Members of the DHL Express Americas Management Board will go to Bogota in November to help build three more houses in partnership with TECHO.
Deutsche Post DHL Group launched Global Volunteer Day in 2008. By 2014, over 110,000 employees were involved in providing support to non-profit projects in their local communities as part of the GVD program, contributing more than 260,000 volunteer hours in more than 2,000 individual projects in 114 countries around the world. As an integral component of our Corporate Citizenship activities, Global Volunteer Day supports our sustainability strategy to serve the company’s economic interests and those of our stakeholders’ while balancing these with social and environmental needs.
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Deutsche Post DHL Group operates under two brands: Deutsche Post is Europe’s leading postal service provider. DHL is uniquely positioned in the world’s growth markets, with a comprehensive range of international express, freight transportation, e-commerce and supply chain management services.
Deutsche Post DHL Group employs approximately 500,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide. The Group generated revenues of more than 59 billion Euros in 2015.