Deutsche Post World Net issues new Sustainability Report
- Core areas: environment, employees, social responsibility
- Accounts of activities in 2006 and 2007 as well as outlook
Deutsche Post has released its new Sustainability Report titled "Changing Ways." It focuses on current and planned projects in the core areas of the environment, employees and social responsibility. "We want to assume a leading position in all areas that are critical to the future of our sector. This also includes sustainability," CEO Frank Appel says in explaining Deutsche Post World Net's philosophy.
Operating in nearly all countries around the globe, the world's largest logistics company also assumes responsibility for global challenges like climate change, the increasing scarcity of natural resources such as oil and relief efforts after natural disasters.
Environmental protection, global help
"As the leading logistics group, Deutsche Post World Net actively addresses climate change," says Monika Wulf-Mathies, Managing Director for Public Policy and Sustainbility. "By launching the environmental protection program GoGreen in April, the group became the first major global logistics company to set its own specific, measurable climate protection goal." The CO2 efficiency of Deutsche Post World Net and its transport contractors is to be improved by 30 percent by 2020.
This means that emissions per mailed letter, per shipped ton and per square meter of used space must be reduced by nearly one-third compared with 2007. The report explains how the group will reach this goal.
Developing employees, protecting lives
Another pillar of the group's sustainability strategy is to become the employer of choice for its more than 500,000 employees. "Our employees' satisfaction, health and safety are top priorities," says Personnel Director Walter Scheurle. A "Corporate Health Policy" has governed group-wide work and health protection around the world since 2007.
To ensure that Deutsche Post World Net employees travel safely, the company has developed a binding "Road Safety Code." A new international initiative - "Discover Logistics" - promotes the search for management recruits in the logistics area.
As a global company, Deutsche Post World Net also uses its own network to provide help around the world. The strategic partnership with the United Nations forms the heart of this effort. These humanitarian activities focus on disaster relief and prevention as well as on programs to reduce child mortality. Together with UNICEF, Deutsche Post World Net has helped cut the number of malaria deaths in Kenya.
And "DHL Disaster Response Teams" have been formed to support relief efforts in crisis regions - in cooperation with the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) and the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The Sustainability Report is available in English an German. The 60-page report is printed on recycled paper, has the environmental seal "Blue Angel" ("Blauer Engel") and is distributed through climate-neutral mailings. It is also available online at www.dp-dhl.com/sustainabilityreport/2008. In the future, Deutsche Post World Net will issue the Sustainability Report annually.