DHL Group Marks 15th Anniversary of Global Volunteer Day, Encouraging Employee Engagement

DHL Group Marks 15th Anniversary of Global Volunteer Day, Encouraging Employee Engagement

(IN BRIEF) DHL Group is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its Global Volunteer Day (GVD) initiative, which encourages employees worldwide to participate in non-profit projects in their local communities. Since its inception in 2008, GVD has seen 1.3 million DHL volunteers dedicate over 3.1 million hours to various volunteer activities. The program focuses on areas such as environmental protection, disaster management, education, refugee aid, health and well-being, and social services. This year’s GVD theme, “Follow the Sun,” spans 15 weeks and involves volunteers from 15 countries working on projects aligned with DHL Group’s sustainability strategy.

(PRESS RELEASE) BONN, 14-Sep-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — First introduced in Singapore back in 2008, GVD is now a global initiative – with DHL Group encouraging employees to volunteer in non-profit projects in the countries where they live. Over the years, some 1.3 million volunteers have answered the call, dedicating more than 3.1 million hours in voluntary engagement in their home communities. Across the DHL Group divisions, employees have focused their activities on environmental protection, disaster management, education and vocational training, refugee aid, health and well-being, and social services. This has made GVD an effective team building and employee engagement lever.

As Board Member for HR Thomas Ogilvie explains: “Connecting people and improving lives also means having a positive effect in the communities we operate in and serve. Therefore DHL Group encourages and supports Global Volunteer Day activities. We are proud of the positive impact our employees make with their GVD projects. Our workforce has dedicated more than 3.1 million hours in voluntary work since 2008, and some 100,000 employees step up each year to volunteer for GVD. For us, it’s not just about being part of a team, but about having a sense of belonging. It’s about being part of a community and working to make things better for the people and places around us.”

In this 15th anniversary year, “Follow the Sun” is the GVD 2023 slogan inspiring DHL Group volunteers. Over a period of 15 weeks, they are working on GVD projects in 15 countries running from east to west. Spanning the globe, these GVD anniversary activities are under way in New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Madagascar, Serbia, Uganda, Germany, the United Kingdom, Paraguay, Panama, Colombia and the United States. Employees are free to choose the kinds of projects and activities they work on. The only requirement is that they be aligned with the focus areas that make up the sustainability strategy of DHL Group. With its longstanding GoTeach, GoHelp, GoTrade and GoGreen initiatives, the company supports projects focusing on climate protection, improving employability for young people, disaster management, and facilitating trade for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries. A wide range of projects also receive financial support from the Group’s own Improving Lives Fund.

Media Contact:

Jessica Balleer
Spokesperson for Personnel and Sustainability (ESG)
DHL Group

SOURCE: Deutsche Post AG


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