Daily Dhaka Times: DHL Express and DHL Global Forwarding in Bangladesh, part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s leading postal and logistics group, displayed their commitment to strengthening their local communities with 50 employees taking part in donation and engagement activities with SOS Children’s Villages beneficiaries as part of Global Volunteer Day 2015.
DHL employees organized an art competition among the beneficiaries on the theme of Eid Ul Azha. The winning sketch is used in the corporate greeting cards of Eid Ul Azha for both DHL Express and DHL Global Forwarding. New school uniforms were also given by DHL to the school-going children. In addition, eight children, who will be attending school for the first time in January 2016, also received a full school kit including a school bag and school uniform. DHL also sponsored two water purifiers to ensure safe drinking water at SOS Children’s Villages.
Desmond Quiah, Country Manager of DHL Express Bangladesh said, “We encourage our employees to contribute positively to the society we live in. Global Volunteer Day shows our commitment to our motto “Living Responsibility” which is an integral part of a sustainable business and a clear priority for DPDHL Group.”
Nooruddin Chowdhury, Country Manager of DHL Global Forwarding Bangladesh mentioned, “I am privileged to be in the midst of advocates and practitioners of living responsibly. This time, we hope to make a positive contribution to the lives of these children by ensuring they have access to safe drinking water and are equipped with proper school uniforms. The success of our efforts is evident in the smiles that we see in the children.”
Senior management members from DHL took part in a sharing session where they shared the dreams and inspirations they had in their childhood to motivate and inspire the young minds. During the session, the beneficiaries of SOS Children’s Villages performed a cultural show to contribute to the sharing. The program ended with a prize presentation by Desmond Quiah and Nooruddin Chowdhury to the winners of the art competition followed by lunch which was sponsored by DHL for all the beneficiaries and staff of SOS Children’s Villages.
MD. Saiful Islam, Project Director of SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh said “it is a great initiative from DHL to help contribute and enrich the daily lives of our children who face many challenges in attaining better life and education, compared to other children of their age.”
Introduced in Asia Pacific in 2008, Volunteer Day soon expanded into the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Europe and continues to build on its success by involving more employees than ever before. Now a global, Group-wide program, in 2013 the initiative was rolled out as a year-long program and was a tremendous success. In 2014, more than 108,000 employees took part in some 1,700 projects in 117 countries around the world.
As part of Global Volunteer Day 2015, Deutsche Post DHL Group offices around the world are participating in a variety of community projects in support of various local causes. All Global Volunteer Day activities contribute to the Group’s three CR focus areas: GoGreen (protecting the environment), GoHelp (providing skill-based help to people in need) and GoTeach (improving educational opportunity and employability).