Deutsche Post DHL Group – committed to the global goals
Deutsche Post DHL Group is the world's leading mail and logistics company. The Group is focused on being first choice for customers, employees and investors in its core business activities worldwide. As a longstanding partner of the UN, Deutsche Post DHL Group strongly supports all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and we have set the course for sustainable development across our family of divisions with "Living Responsibility", as part of our Corporate Strategy.
How does Deutsche Post DHL Group contribute to the SDGs?
"All, politics, the economy and society, need to take up responsibility for the future."
Christof Ehrhart, EVP Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility, Deutsche Post DHL Group
We connect people and improve lives - in line with our purpose, we are committed to the needs of our stakeholders and our planet, embrace sustainable solutions and aim to become the benchmark for responsible business. For this journey, we have selected focus SDGs, reflecting our company's responsibility and best possible impact on solving sustainable development challenges: Quality Education, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Partnerships for the Goals.
Many aspects of the SDGs are already incorporated into our corporate activities and programs, which seek to enable trade and economic growth, create jobs, improve access to education, and mitigate climate change. An important way in which our Group contributes to prosperity and wellbeing is by facilitating global trade in a responsible manner, empowering regions to invest in their economies and people to enjoy better lives.
Global Festival of Ideas
As active supporter of the SDGs Deutsche Post DHL Group participated in the Global Festival of Ideas in March 2017. The 3-day conference marked the beginning of the UN SDG Action Campaign. In an interview with Karol Alejandra Arámbula Carillo of UN Youth Mexico Katharina Tomoff, Vice President Shared Value | GoGreen, explains the private sector's role in the Agenda 2030 and Deutsche Post DHL Group’s commitment for the SDGs.
Learning opportunities within our company and beyond with GoTeach
As one of the biggest employers worldwide, with a presence in over 220 countries and territories, we seek to make quality education and lifelong learning opportunities accessible for all. We reach out to our approximately 510,000 employees and improve educational opportunities and employability of young people outside our Group, in partnership with the organizations Teach For All and SOS Children's Villages.
GoGreen - climate protection
Environmental protection is also high on our agenda. To drive the logistics industry toward a sustainable future, we are aiming for zero emissions by 2050. As we continue to expand the use of e-mobility and green delivery solutions in our operations, we are also driving the innovation of environmentally friendly technologies and fuels, such as biofuels for aviation. And as the pioneer in green logistics, we offer standardized products and customized logistics solutions that make our customers’ supply chains greener.
GoHelp - disaster management
We are also active in the area of disaster management through our GoHelp programs, Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) and Disaster Response Teams (DRT), in close collaboration with the UN.
Growing significance of public-private partnerships
As our partnerships reflect, we believe that tackling the increasing social, economic and environmental challenges of today is a shared responsibility of governments, civil society and the private sector alike. We are therefore looking forward to taking joint action together with our partners in setting the course for sustainable development.
As one of the world's largest employers we rely on people. It is our employees that connect people and improve their lives. This is why a future-oriented and sustainable human resources development is key to ensuring our long-term business success. We provide lifelong development opportunities to our employees and training programs to potential future employees. And we provide vocational trainings to use with disabilities, as part of our inclusive and equitable quality education.
With our GoTeach program we are committed to improving educational opportunities and employability of young people. Our partnership with Teach For All aims to unleash young people's potential. The educational network, committed to addressing the worldwide problem of educational inequity, is driven by the idea that every child, regardless of their parents’ socio-economic status, should have access to quality education.
Logistics is the backbone of economic development and prosperity. As a global logistics provider, we facilitate global trade to support economic growth. In doing so, we create jobs for our approximately 510,000 employees, and our partners and our suppliers. And in everything that we do, we follow our principles for a responsible business practice.
We are one of the world’s largest employers and our employees are our company’s biggest asset. We act as a responsible employer based on our Code of Conduct. This includes protecting human rights, offering reasonable working conditions within the local context, and engaging our diverse employees.
As a service provider we rely on people. We improve employability and career opportunities for young people within our company and externally through our GoTeach program. Through our strategic partnership with SOS Children's Villages we foster the empowerment and employability of young people from challenged socio-economic backgrounds.
We are connecting people and improving lives. To provide a growing urban population with sustainable logistics, we are implementing clean first and last mile solutions, including the use of bicycles and e-mobility. We want to improve local quality of life by delivering 70% of our own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions by 2025.
Through our commitment as a corporate citizen, we contribute to sustainable communities. With GoHelp we focus on our disaster preparedness program Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) and disaster response through our Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) and in cooperation with the United Nations. With our refugee aid initiative we commit to support refugees in Germany and around the globe.
As the world’s largest logistics service provider we want to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050. Thus, we contribute to achieving the Paris Climate Protection Agreement of reducing global warming to below 2°C, and we support the United Nation’s Agenda 2030. Our plan to turn this vision into reality includes four interim targets for 2025, reflecting our commitment to climate action:
- We want to increase our carbon efficiency by 50% over 2007 levels.
- We want to improve local quality of life by delivering 70% of our own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions.
- We want more than 50% of our sales to incorporate Green Solutions, making our customers’ supply chains greener.
- We want to have trained 80% of our employees to become certified GoGreen specialists and actively involve them in our environmental and climate protection activities. This includes joining partners to plant one million trees each year.
Entering new and fostering existing strategic partnerships is one of DPDHL Group’s core strategic pillars when it comes to tackling global challenges. As a longstanding partner of the UN, Deutsche Post DHL Group strongly supports the SDGs. We have been a signatory to the UN Global Compact since 2006. In addition, our CEO Frank Appel contributed as a member and advisor to the Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport. With our CR programs we build on trusted and global partners, such as UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for our GoHelp activities.
Beyond that Deutsche Post DHL Group relies on an open dialog with our internal and external stakeholders to ensure a responsible and sustainable business. The exchange that ensues from these alliances has a significant impact on the success of our efforts in the area of corporate responsibility. And we build on the social commitment through global volunteering of 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.