Deutsche Post World Net signs European Road Safety Charter
Group initiative to increase traffic safety is launchedBonn/Brussels, 09/14/2006, 11:30 AM CEST
Deutsche Post World Net is the first large logistics provider to join the EU's initiative for road safety. Monika Wulf-Mathies, Managing Director Corporate Public Policy and Sustainability at Deutsche Post World Net, signed the European Road Safety Charter on Tuesday evening in the presence of EU Traffic Commissioner Jacques Barrot. The action program for road safety, created by the European Commission in 2004, aims to cut the number of traffic deaths in the European Union in half by 2010.
"By joining the European Road Safety Charter, we want to contribute to increased road safety as the global leader in transport logistics," Monika Wulf-Mathies said on the occasion of the signing. To that end, Deutsche Post World Net has now begun a group-wide initiative.
The DPWN Road Safety Code, mandatory for all road users in the group, is part of the initiative. This set of rules contains clear regulations that work toward achieving more safety in street traffic. This includes, for example, appropriate, defensive driving that takes into consideration the traffic conditions and other road users, especially children. Employees will be called on to act responsibly when taking part in road traffic and will receive offers to participate in trainings.
Walter Scheurle, Board Member for Personnel at Deutsche Post World Net: "Naturally, technology comprises our logistics network, but in particular it is composed of people. And these employees are often traveling by car. We already have mandatory safety standards, of course, but we would like to do even better. We want to employ new measures as a logistics company, applying to road users' performance as well, for assuring exceptional safety. Our initiative for road safety applies exactly to this." The group will, for example, target employees with information on road-safety topics. In addition, every year it will instruct at least 50,000 employees within the context of driver training and additional traffic-safety measures. The program is an important cornerstone for integrating a sustainable safety culture in the group.
To coordinate the already existing road-safety program in the group, Deutsche Post World Net is setting up a virtual "House of Road Safety". "With the development of the DPWN House of Road Safety, a global foundation for local and national group activities around safety in street traffic should be achieved," said Monika Wulf-Mathies.
Under this global roof, the group is making available an intranet-based platform to exchange experiences, information and material, among other things. Information media for regional road-safety activities will also be developed in the future. In doing so, the group will work closely together with other members of the European Road Safety Charter, such as the German Traffic Safety Council and the ADAC.