Robert Imbriaco works at Gateway Operations at DHL Global Forwarding. When he's not at work, he's a voluntary firefighter.
Social commitment is important to our employees. The high rate of participation shows just how important social commitment is to our employees. By helping solve problems in their local communities, they not only make a contribution to society, but create a sense of community and teamwork that carries over into the workplace.
The groupwide Global Volunteer Day is a community outreach program focused on instilling the spirit of volunteerism among DPDHL Group employees, encouraging them to devote time and effort to create a positive impact in their communities. Employees are encouraged to organize activities that are aligned with Deutsche Post DHL Group's three Corporate Responsibility programs: GoGreen (protecting the environment), GoHelp (delivering help) and GoTeach (improving educational opportunity and employability).
Introduced in 2008 in Asia Pacific, Volunteer Day has gained strong momentum over the years. In 2014, the initiative attracted some 108,000 participants in 117 countries, collaborating with local partners, customers and non-profit organizations or community organization/agencies to participate in more than 1,000 programs that benefited the local communities.
Volunteerism has truly resonated among employees, demonstrated by the numerous other volunteer projects that take place throughout the year. Since 2013, all volunteering activities will be recognized and counted as GVD activities.
With the Living Responsibility Fund, we support employees who are engaged locally in an exemplary way on social or environmental matters on a sustained basis. Employees can submit their project to receive funding for their partner organisation. In 2015, 79 projects from employees from 31 countries were selected for funding. 4,600 employees contributed approximately 39,000 hours to these projects. The Living Responsibility Fund donated approximately EUR200,000 in project funding, which is transferred as a charitable donation directly to the participating non-profit organisations.
Projects are selected for funding by a jury made up of representatives from all board departments. Financial support is limited to EUR 4,000 per project and is determined based upon the number of hours of volunteer work performed by Deutsche Post DHL Group employees over the course of the application year.
When selecting projects, the Living Responsibility Fund looks for initiatives demonstrating continuity and sustainability. One example is a project in Germany which has already been granted funding twice. Around thirty employees work more than a total of 800 hours for refugees arriving at the state registration authority in Bramsche, Germany. The project is about actively demonstrating a welcome culture. Employees assist with various campaigns such as fundraising activities, workshops and a large summer festival.
The "We Help Each Other" (WHEO) Fund was founded in 2010 after the earthquake in Haiti and is an officially registered charitable organization within Germany. Our employees can use the fund’s accounts to donate money to their colleagues who have fallen victim to natural disaster, enabling them to provide support quickly and easily.