SINGAPORE, September 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Employees in Sub-Saharan Africa participate in over 40 CSR programs
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 in 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. The efforts are part of the company's global drive to inculcate a passion for volunteerism among employees.
"As part of our Strategy 2015 initiative, DHL continuously strives to achieve good customer service excellence and Corporate Responsibility. We believe that projects such as Global Volunteer Day are an important platform to engage our employees and inculcate a sense of giving back to the community, and this year we are rolling out about 40 programs for them to participate in," said Amadou Diallo, CEO, Africa and South Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding.
Charles Brewer, Managing Director, Sub Saharan Africa, DHL Express said: "We believe that our people are the heartbeat of our business. We not only focus on developing their professional skills but strive to continuously provide them with opportunities to get involved in community projects. Through Global Volunteer Day, we want to champion the social responsibility cause and strengthen the culture of volunteerism in our local communities."
"As part of our company's global Strategy 2015's Living Responsibility initiative, we focus on three key programs: GoGreen for environmental protection, GoHelp for disaster management and GoTeach for our efforts in community development and education for children and youths. Global Volunteer Day activities are aligned with these areas where we hope to make a difference in the countries that we operate in. DHL employees have worked together to show tremendous involvement towards social responsibility and I am proud of our commitment to the community," said Rob Ballentine, CEO, Middle East & Africa, DHL Supply Chain.
Volunteer activities in the Asia Pacific cover a wide range of efforts including the following:
- In Kenya, volunteers are bringing 100 HIV affected children out for a day of ice skating. They are also assisting in collecting food for the Red Cross
- DHL South Africa will be assisting the Siviwe School of Skills to help fix up the premises for their opening on the 17th September 2011; comfort packs will be handed out to abused children at the Nonceba Center; a tea party will be given to women of a shelter for abused women, called The Haven; help will be lent to The Potters Haven, a place of safe keeping for abused and abandoned children; and there will be a fun soccer match between DHL and SOS Childrens Village;
- In DHL Nigeria, Tanzania and in Uganda the employees will assist the SOS Children Villages by cleaning, painting, collecting waste and garbage, feeding the children and providing basic knowledge on healthcare
- DHL Malawi employees will be cleaning a local hospital and delivering gifts to the patients
- Genocide orphans in Rwanda will be visited by DHL staff, who will also deliver food, and stationery and materials needed for school
- In Chad, DHL will be making a donation to the victims of floods caused by heavy rains in N'Djamena
- Employees of DHL Togo will be conducting an "UpKeep our Coconut Palms" project and making a donation to a psychiatric hospital at Aneho
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).
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