Blue Dart and DHL Express reinforce their Leadership position with a host of awards

. Win accolades at Responsible Business Awards, Corporate Excellence Awards and Thought Leaders Awards

Mumbai, July 09 2012:

Blue Dart, South Asia's premier number one express air and integrated transportation, distribution and logistics company and DHL, the world's leading logistics company, were recognized for their positive contribution to business, society, environment and the country and were recipients of awards across categories at the Responsible Business Awards, Corporate Excellence Awards and Thought Leaders Awards held at Taj Lands End on 30th June in Mumbai.

At the Responsible Business Awards (an annual initiative aimed at raising awareness on CSR), Blue Dart won the 'Environmental Leadership Award' while DHL Express won the 'Responsible Supply Chain Award' for GOGREEN Carbon Neutral Service (India's first end-to-end service that allows customers to neutralize their carbon footprint). For their role as responsible corporate entities and contributing positively to the society, Blue Dart received the 'Best in CSR Award' while DHL Express received the 'Corporate Social Responsibility Practice Award'. Over and above this, Blue Dart won the 'Sustainable Education Strategy Award' for Blue Edge: Empowering Lives (an initiative aimed at enhancing the lives of young adults from deprived environments), while the 'Responsible Business Leader Award' was presented to Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Ltd. (for leading the company as a cohesive force in its various Sustainability initiatives).

At the Corporate Excellence Awards 2012, which honours companies and individuals who have helped to raise India's corporate disclosure standards and corporate governance through their corporate practices, Blue Dart shone with Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Ltd. winning the 'Best CEO Award' and Yogesh Dhingra, COO & Finance Director, Blue Dart Express Ltd. winning the 'Best CFO Award'. These awards were presented by the Stars of the Industry Group and Asian Confederation of Businesses.

The Thought Leaders Awards hosted by the Thought Leaders International, Asian Confederation of Business, Stars of the Industry Group and World HRD Congress aims to recognize the futurist who is revered and looked upon for innovative ideas for the industry. Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Ltd. was conferred the 'CEO Thought Leader Award' for being the industry leader and setting new benchmarks for the industry.

Commenting on the awards, Malcolm Monteiro, SVP and Area Director, South Asia, DHL Express said, "As a responsible corporate citizen, DHL ensures the business processes are aligned to our Living Responsibility philosophy that focuses on providing sustainable solutions to our customers. We are proud that our peers recognize these efforts and the award will spur us to continue working hard to maintain our position as provider of choice for customers."

Expressing his pleasure at receiving these awards, Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Limited said, "As an organization, it is really a proud moment for me to be a recipient of such esteemed and respected awards. Our core values, best business practices and dedicated workforce are priceless assets that have helped us win these awards. At an individual level, I am overwhelmed at these recognitions and remain committed to driving best practices and setting benchmarks in corporate citizenship for the industry."

An elated Yogesh Dhingra, COO and Finance Director, Blue Dart Express Limited commented, "It is a moment of great pride for me to represent Blue Dart amongst distinguished CFOs, CEOs and CIOs of India and to be honoured as the 'Best CFO'. This award is a testimony of Blue Dart's financial excellence and aggressive growth strategy. The various cost rationalization initiatives undertaken by Blue Dart has led to it being not only a profitable but a debt free organisation which is a commendable achievement given the current economic scenario."

The awards ceremony was attended by distinguished academicians, CFOs, industry experts, CSR champions and other dignitaries like Hon. Dr. David Namwandi, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Lyonpo Thakur Singh Powdel, Ministry of Education, Bhutan, Hon. Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Minister of Education, Bangladesh, Ashok Venkatramani, CEO, ABP News, Dr. Prafulla Agnihotri, Director, IIM Trichy, Dr. Shen - Li Fu, Honorary President & Chair Professor, I-Shou University, Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-i-Azam University, M. Narendra, Chairman & Managing Director, Indian Overseas Bank, K. S. Jamestin, Director-Human Resource, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited, Arun Arora, Chairman, Edvance Learning Pvt. Ltd. and Sanjay Muthal, Managing Director, NuGrid Consulting Pvt. Ltd to name a few..

These awards are truly a reinforcement of the group's Leadership position in India.

About Blue Dart Express Ltd.:

Blue Dart Express Ltd., South Asia's premier courier, and integrated express package Distribution Company, offers secure and reliable delivery of consignments to over 33,752 locations in India. As part of the DHL Group (DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding & DHL Supply Chain), Blue Dart accesses the largest and most comprehensive express and logistics network worldwide, covering over 220 countries & territories worldwide and offers an entire spectrum of distribution services including air express, freight forwarding supply chain solutions and customs clearance.

The Blue Dart team drives market leadership through its motivated people force, dedicated air and ground capacity, cutting-edge technology, wide range of innovative, vertical specific products and value-added services to deliver unmatched standards of service quality to its customers. Blue Dart's market leadership is further validated by numerous awards and recognitions from customers for exhibiting reliability, superior brand experience and sustainability. Some of these include SUPERBRAND and 'Reader's Digest Most Trusted Brand Gold Award' 7 years in a row, one of 'India's Best Companies to Work For' by The Great Place to Work® Institute thrice successively, Organization with Innovative HR Practices 2009-10 and Best Employer Award on Employee Retention at the Global HR Excellence Awards, BSE Best CSR Practice Award and 22nd CFBP Jamnalal Bajaj Fair Business Practices Award - 2010 in the category of Service Enterprises (Medium) to name a few.

Blue Dart accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection (Go Green), disaster management (Go Help) and education (Go Teach).

About DHL Express Ltd.:

DHL - The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and "The Logistics company for the world". DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 275,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of 53 billion euros in 2011.

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Dated : July, 2012

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