Global Volunteer Day: contribute to society
Introduced in Asia Pacific in 2008, Volunteer Day is a community outreach program focused on instilling among employees the spirit of volunteerism and encouraging them to devote time and effort to create a positive impact in their communities. Employees are encouraged to work together to support activities which contribute to Deutsche Post DHL Group's three Corporate Responsibility programs: GoGreen (Protecting the Environment), GoHelp (Delivering Help) and GoTeach (Improving Educational Opportunity and Employability).
Social engagement has many faces
This year again, thousands of employees around the world will repeatedly volunteer their time, talent and expertise to make a meaningful impact on their local communities through Deutsche Post DHL Group’s Global Volunteer Day (GVD).
In 2015 a total of 110,000 Deutsche Post DHL Group employees volunteered 260,000 hours of their time to local community projects. They rolled up their shirtsleeves to take part in environmental projects, provide support to disadvantaged children and assist people in need, their engagement spanning all three of the Group's CR focus areas: GoHelp, GoGreen and GoTeach. Many of the GVD activities in 2015 focused on aiding refugees.
In 2014, over 108,000 employees around the world, worked to improve the communities in which we live and work. In total, the volunteers took part in 1,700 community projects, ranging from tree planting and refurbishing schools to organizing donation drives and offering educational and career guidance to underprivileged youths.
In 2013, about 100,000 employees around the world - the biggest number of participants to date - worked shoulder-to-shoulder to improve the communities in which we live and work. In total, we were involved in almost 1,600 community projects, ranging from tree planting andrefurbishing schools to organizing donation drives and offering educational and career guidanceto underprivileged youths.
In 2012, about 62,000 volunteers in nearly 120 countries and territories collaborated with local partners, customers and non-profit organizations or community organizations/agencies to participate in more than 1,000 programs which benefited local communities. Some of the activities in 2012 included planting trees, restoring coral reefs, building homes for the underprivileged, renovating and refurbishing schools or blood donation drives.
120 countries, 600 projects and over 60,000 volunteers - the sheer size of Global Volunteer Day in 2011 shows just how deeply entrenched volunteerism is throughout Deutsche Post DHL's global workforce. Building on the resounding success of Volunteer Day activities in recent years, Deutsche Post DHL has been given the initiative a global dimension. Global Volunteer Day 2011 gave employees around the world plenty of opportunity to get involved in community projects.
With over 30,000 employees, business partners and customers in more than 100 countries participating, DPDHL's Volunteer Day program has gained strong momentum. Some of the activities include renovating schools, the cleaning of parks, beaches and surrounding environment, blood donations, planting trees, and spending time with underprivileged children and patients in hospitals.
Argentina: Outreach to children with special needs
DHL Argentina employees came together to assist a local primary and secondary school catering to children with special needs. Some 150 employees volunteered their time to organize various activities such as painting and cleaning of the school, conducting workshops on reading, ceramics, IT/Informatics and cooking workshops, as well as the organisation of Spring Day celebrations. Employees also donated items such as non-perishable food, school supplies, reading and teaching materials, toys and clothes for the children.
Australia and New Zealand: Beach cleaning
More than 140 employees from DHL Australia and New Zealand supported a local organization in cleaning, painting and sprucing up ten public beach club house in their countries. The effort put in by DHL volunteers benefited hundreds of families who frequent the public beaches in summer.
Bangladesh: Tree planting, vaccination, school supplies distribution
DHL Bangladesh employees participated in a host of events that included a tree plantation drive, a vaccination program for under-privileged children and a resource distribution activity to provide supplies to school children. Volunteers from DHL planted tree saplings in a joint effort with students and volunteers of a local organisation, that provides quality education to under-privileged children. DHL volunteers also spent a day interacting with students from the ABC school.
China: School supplies distribution
DHL collaborated with a fund that manages a three-year educational charity program named Small Schoolbag for a Big Future: DHL Dream Bag Initiative. The initiative delivered at least 30,000 schoolbags full of school supplies to students in poverty-stricken areas to help them complete their basic education and in ensuring their sustained education. More than 6,000 employees participated in Volunteer Day activities in different ways, including donating new stationery and books, collating, packing and distributing the school bags to underprivileged children.
Egypt: Educational and medical outreach programs
One activity was organised for DHL employees to volunteer their time to help in the renovation of a needy schools in Egypt. Further, DHL led a blood donation drive in partnership with the local blood bank. In summary, some 100 employees from DHL volunteered their time to participate in four different activities - school painting, tree planting, blood donation and outreach to children in a cancer hospital.
Germany: Educational excursions and renovation assistance
DHL teams in Germany took 60 children from a kindergarten on an educational excursion to the Zoo in Nürnberg. A committed team of DHL volunteers from Ratingen carried out renovation works to the common area of a multi-generational house in partnership with the German Red Cross. In Dresden, DHL employees enjoyed an energetic day full of sporting activities with 52 Belarusian children.
Hong Kong: Blood donation, goods donation, eco tour
In addition to the DHL blood donation drive and goods donation drive, a marine conservation and ecology tour added colour to the Volunteer Day. Volunteers mentored children from a local organisation and enjoyed a wonderful time in an interactive workshop on board a glass-bottomed boat, where they had a chance to experience the biodiversity of the ocean. The DHL Chopsticks Day launched the previous year to encourage employees to adopt green living practices in their daily routine was also extended to Chopsticks Week.
India: Outreach to homes, donation drives, recycling activities
DHL employees extended their support to more than 3,500 beneficiaries through the group's partnership with various NGOs. Over 1,200 employees participated in a host of events ranging from blood donation camps, clean-up drives, sporting activities with children from municipal schools, visits to old age homes and orphanages, to career counseling for 10th and 12th grade students.
Kenya: Outreach to underprivileged communities
DHL Kenya engaged in a two-phased volunteer program in partnership with a local NGO. In the first phrase, the beneficiaries were 80 high school teenagers - all of whom were affected by or infected with HIV through parents who were HIV positive. The youths were invited to visit different DHL offices in Kenya for a day of career mentorship. Prior to the visit, the students had been asked to send in their career aspirations and the youths were matched with DHL employees who volunteered to mentor a student. In the second phase, DHL volunteers brought primary school children out to enjoy a whole day of Go-Kart racing. Meanwhile, a separate DHL office in the coastal town of Mombasa organized a football training session for under-privileged boys in the area. Afterwards, DHL volunteers sat down with the 20 boys to offer life skills coaching. Volunteers shared the importance of teamwork and how to nurture talent which includes sporting talents such as a passion for soccer.
Mongolia: Outreach to children with special needs
Members and teachers of the Down Syndrome Society and 18 employees of DHL hosted 30 children on a one-day trip to the National History Museum. The Museum tour was followed by a sightseeing tour of the countryside. Each child was accompanied by one adult, who was friend, guide, and mentor for the day.
Myanmar: Outreach and refurbish of local school
20 volunteers from DHL Myanmar reached out to a Primary Level School by refurbishing the school facility. Some125 students from grades 1 to 5 (primary level education) study at the school, most of whom walk 20 to 30 minutes across paddy fields to get to class everyday. Volunteers held an awards ceremony at which 15 students were recognized for their performance. Teachers were also honoured with gifts of appreciation, witnessed by representatives from the health education office. DHL volunteers then hosted a luncheon for students, teachers, and local helpers.
North America: Building homes for underpriviledge communities
Some DHL employees volunteered their time to help ten underprivileged communities across the U.S and Canada. In partnership with a local organization, volunteers helped building houses in ten different locations. In addition, eight storage sheds were also constructed by more than 100 senior executives in support of homes built in the Chicago area. Each home will be outfitted with green features that help conserve energy and water, making them more affordable for those living in them and less impactful on the environment.
Oman: Outreach to orphanage
DHL employees stepped forward and volunteered their time to organize an outreach event for orphans. Following an entire morning of fun-filled activities, DHL volunteers took some 60 children to the movies in a cinema theatre booked especially by DHL. Together, the children and volunteers also enjoyed boxes of dates brought as gifts by DHL.
Russia: Tree planting, park cleaning, community outreach etc.
More than 900 employees volunteered in various activities like cleaning up local parks and schools, planting trees, socializing with children at orphanages, donating blood, visiting animal shelters, delivering food packages to elderly people etc.
Serbia: Tree planting, youth mentorship
With the intention of contributing used natural resources back to nature, DHL employees enhanced the faculty's arboretum with new trees to help preserve the beauty of an open air laboratory. Another group of volunteers visited two SOS Children's Villages. Volunteers dedicated their time to making friends and playing with the children, and also presented them with school supplies, toys, sporting equipment and clothes donated by the children of DHL employees. DHL functional managers also lead discussions with members of a students organization during a youth dialog event on leadership, entrepreneurship in the crisis, climate change & sustainability and labor mobility & diversity.
Singapore: Tree planting, visit to the zoo, football clinic
Community projects included reforesting a reservoir with 200 native trees, conducting a race for over 70 beneficiaries at Singapore Zoo, and hosting a football clinic for 150 beneficiaries from five voluntary welfare organizations. At the football clinic, students aged from 6 - 18 years old were treated to the appearance of and inspirational talks by celebrity footballers.
South Africa: Refurbish schools, sporting activities
Employees from DHL went to two primary school supported by a NGO that reaches out to underprivileged children through after-school programs. The key objective was to keep children off the streets by making basic education accessible and providing emotional support. The task at hand for the volunteers was to revamp the school property which included giving the children's play area - a jungle gym - a fresh coat of paint, and giving the school's garden a face-lift. Volunteers cleaned up the garden, planted roses, a veggie patch and dug holes for 50 new trees which were donated to the school. In addition, DHL also donated 25 footballs to an NGO with the mission to change and shape the lives of needy children through sports.
Vietnam: Tree planting, food donation drive
Volunteers from DHL plant 12,000 trees and carried out food donations to underprivileged communities in the area. The 400 strong DHL team distributed 138 food packages that included dietary staples such as rice, noodles and soy sauce to needy villagers in the Can Gio areas.
Global Volunteer Day - past projects
Working together with the Red Cross, employees from across several branch offices in China donated warm winter clothing to people in need.
The employees at DHL Express Ecuador joined forces on a reforestation project with the organization Pro-Bosque in the name of environmental protection.
As part of "Career Week", the DHL office in Cape Town invited teens from SOS Children's Villages to take a peek into the company.
Employees at Headquarters in Bonn helped renovate a common room for women at a refugee shelter. The room is now regularly used for holding special workshops for women.
DHL Supply Chain
Employees of the DHL Supply Chain Germany & Alps office in Cologne supported "Die Gute Hand", an association which assist amongst others families in difficult situations. They built a awesome summer house and arranged a great summer party for the people living in the family house of "Haus Nazareth".
DHL Express Americas
DHL Express Americas delivered the 200 bags to needy kids today. It was a great event and everyone walked away happy!
DHL Global Mail Switzerland
DHL Global Mail Switzerland
For Global Volunteer Day 2012 in Switzerland, we helped pack clothes, toys and household items for the "Aktion Peter und Paul" foundation. Since Emma Brodmann (pictured here at front) started her foundation in 1984 she has sent some 38,000 packages to the world's poorest people using DHL Global Mail Switzerland. We were happy to help both pack and ship the items for such a great cause!
DHL volunteers Fiji
DHL volunteers in Fiji fixing classrooms in Vatuwaqa Primary School for GVD.
Global Volunteer Day
DHL employees around the world are hard at work as part of Global Volunteer Day 2012.
Tree Planting, Food Donation Drive
Outreach to Homes, Donation Drives, Recycling Activities
Outreach to Children with Special Needs through Education
Outreach to Underprivileged Communities
Tree Planting, Visit to the Zoo, Football Clinic
Outreach to Children with Special Needs
German volunteers cleaned up along the banks of the Sieg, a small river near Bonn.
Colleagues in Portugal spent their Global Volunteer Day with underprivileged children at the go-kart track.
Volunteers in Chile built a transitional house that will serve as a classroom at a local school damaged by the recent earthquake.
In Croatia, volunteers spent a whole day working outdoors together and clearing the Maksimir Wood in Zagreb.
Volunteers planted trees to help revitalize the Dairy Farm Nature Park in Singapore.
Employees in the Ukraine helped more than 100 orphans, cleaning the school grounds as well as collecting and delivering clothes, books, and toys for children.
Volunteers in Mexico cleaned out a warehouse, donated educational toys and painted a wall surrounding the daycare center's playground with bright, cheerful images. The center cares for more than 80 children between 2 months and 6 years old; it also has a program for gifted children.
Employees in Thailand gathered bright and early on a weekend to get to work at a local school; planting trees, renovating the school's facilities, donating basic supplies and participating in fun activities with the children.
South Korea: Volunteers helped farmers from the local community to harvest their crops.
Volunteers in Florida spent their time shingling roofs and painting two Fort Lauderdale homes as part of Habitat for Humanity of Broward County's commitment to meet the needs of low-income families in the community with affordable housing, while considering the environment.
Costa Rica: Employees planted 400 trees, indigenous to the humid tropics, in a nature reserve.
Volunteers in Uganda undertook a charity mission among the slum households of Kampala City called Katanga. Of particular interest was a poor 71 year old widow called Berna Nakijjoba who is volunteer caretaker of orphaned and abandoned children.