DHL & Blue Dart employees mark Global Volunteer Day 2011
. Over 7600 employees in India help with Living Responsibility efforts:
. GoTeach - Drawing Competitions - over 2500 children benefitted
. GoHelp - Blood Donation Drives - 2000 volunteers donated
. GoGreen - Sponsor-a-tree - over 9600 trees sponsored
Mumbai, September 20 2011:
DHL, the world's leading Logistics Company, and Blue Dart, South Asia's premier courier, and integrated express package Distribution Company, part of the DHL Group, celebrated Global Volunteer Day on September 16 and 17, 2011. More than 7600 employees across India took part in various activities including blood donation, volunteering in old age/children's/destitute homes, organizing painting competitions for underprivileged children and sponsoring saplings as part of its global drive to give back to local communities and to inculcate a passion for volunteerism among employees.
Christoph Remund, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Global Forwarding, India said "On behalf of the DHL Group in India I am pleased to say that DHL Global Volunteer Day provides employees with a great opportunity to involve themselves with various sustainability initiatives. DHL has always believed in giving back to the local communities through our three corporate responsibility programs, namely, GoTeach, championing education; GoGreen, protecting the environment; and GoHelp, delivering help after natural disasters. This year, we were particularly excited to have over 7600 employees from more than 40 locations participate in various activities in community welfare, environmental protection, blood donation drives and supporting underprivileged children."
Volunteer activities in India covered a wide range of efforts, which included the following:
GoTeach Painting competitions for over 2500 children in Mumbai, Delhi and Pune in association with Teach For India under the initiative titled "Redraw India".
GoHelp Blood Donation Drives in association with THINK Foundation organized in over 40 locations across India with donation from 2000 volunteers. The blood collected will be donated to various medical institutions like the Red Cross Society, blood banks and Government hospitals across India. This drive is also an effort to aid Thalassaemia patients and will help to create awareness amongst volunteers on the importance of regular blood donation. Apart from this employees also volunteered at local Old Age, Children's and Destitute Homes to spread joy and bring smiles to their faces.
GoGreenA campaign titled "Sponsor a tree" launched in association with Grow-Trees.com, official partner of the United Nations Environment Program's Billion Tree Campaign and WWF's Cities for Forests Campaign. About 4514 employees from DHL and Blue Dart donated funds worth Rs. 4.8 lakhs to sponsor over 9600 trees either in their name or to honour their family, friends and colleagues. The sponsored trees will be planted in government and community lands.
Introduced in Asia Pacific in 2008, Volunteer Day has expanded into Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Europe over the years, and continues to build on its success by involving more employees than ever before. This year, Deutsche Post DHL offices around the world are participating in many diverse community projects in support of various local causes. These programs deliver to the company's three Corporate Responsibility programs - GoTeach (championing education), GoGreen (protecting the environment) and GoHelp (delivering help after natural disasters).
Quotes from DHL and Blue Dart CEOs on Global Volunteer Day
Malcolm Monteiro - Senior Vice-President & Area Director - South Asia, DHL Express said, "Riding on the success of previous Volunteer Day activities started in Asia Pacific in 2008, DHL has taken this initiative from regional participation to a global volunteerism drive. Global Volunteer Day provides a unique platform for employees to come together and get involved in various community issues."
R.S. Subramanian - Country Manager - DHL Express India said, "Through Global Volunteer Day, we want to do our bit for the environment, for the society and for the underprivileged people. The values learnt will indirectly help an employee grow as an individual and as a professional."
Anil Khanna - Managing Director - Blue Dart Express Ltd. said, "The three pillars of our sustainability program - GoHelp, GoTeach, GoGreen aim at reaching out to the community. At Blue Dart, we are committed in letter and spirit towards making a difference and enabling the future. It is overwhelming to see our employees come together to work towards the betterment of society."
Vikas Anand - COO - DHL Supply Chain India said, "DHL's dedication to reach out to the community is reinforced annually through the efforts and activities of our employees. Global Volunteer Day not only provides an opportunity to inculcate the value of volunteerism amongst our employees but also creates a direct and positive impact in our community".
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Dated :September, 2011