- On the occasion of World Refugee Day 2016, Deutsche Post DHL Group – the world’s leading postal and logistics service provider – has taken stock of its refugee relief activities in Germany. These have focused on strengthening employee engagement, providing vocational support for refugees and assisting federal, state and municipal authorities by making company property available for use as refugee housing and making staff available to help with administrative tasks.
“The guiding principle of our corporate strategy is ‘Connecting People, Improving Lives’. That applies both to our business operations as a mail and logistics company and our social engagement activities. We are immensely proud of the fact that, in addition to their demanding jobs, more than 13,000 of our employees are working as volunteers to help Germany’s refugee relief effort, living out our guiding principle in such an impactful way,” said Christof Ehrhart, Head of Corporate Communications & Responsibility, Deutsche Post DHL Group.
Deutsche Post DHL Group has long had a well-established infrastructure in place to promote volunteer engagement among its employees. The Group’s annual Global Volunteer Day (GVD) event is a case in point. More than 78,000 employees from countries around the world participated in GVD 2015, investing well over 260,000 hours in some 2,000 social projects they had organized themselves. The Group also has a Living Responsibility Fund which provides financial assistance to support voluntary work performed by employees. An internal We Help Each Other fund is fed by individual employee donations to help colleagues who find themselves in need in the wake of natural disaster.
In its public-private partnerships, Deutsche Post DHL Group promotes education and employment opportunities, and assists both disaster prevention and disaster response. With the Combining Capabilities report recently published together with the United Nations, the Group reported on the effectiveness of public-private partnerships in the humanitarian sector. The report showcases best practice examples to illustrate how these partnerships work in practice, the barriers they need to overcome and the factors that secure their long-term success.