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DHL embarks on largest volunteerism effort in over 100 countries on DHL Volunteer Day 2010

About 30,000 participants join DHL’s global effort to create positive impact for communities in Asia Pacific, Africa, Americas, Europe and Middle East

Singapore, 20 September 2010: DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, has embarked on its largest ever volunteerism effort across five regions. This year, DHL Volunteer Day stretched over 11 days from 16 to 26 September 2010 and about 30,000 employees, customers and business partners in over 100 countries took a day to participate in community projects to support various local causes. These programs deliver to the company’s three corporate social responsibility pillars – Education (GoTeach), Environment (GoGreen) and Disaster Management (GoHelp).

“As the global logistics leader, we are committed to giving back to the communities in which we operate in. DHL Volunteer Day has been an annual platform for our employees and business partners worldwide to participate in activities under our corporate responsibility programs. Their strong support has contributed to making each DHL Volunteer Day more successful than the last, and we thank them for their continued efforts,” said Amadou Diallo, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Global Forwarding, Africa and South Asia Pacific.

Around the world, DHL has initiated local partnerships with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and welfare organizations to embark on community projects which focused largely on two areas:

Education of children and young adults: Initiatives include educating underprivileged children and youths outside the classroom with excursions such as a Marine Ecology Children’s Tour where participants learnt more about marine ecology from ocean experts, followed by marine life interactive workshops. DHL also tapped on its extensive logistics network to deliver stationery, books and art packages to schools and delivered material for the renovation of orphanages and schools. The participants also refurbished schools in numerous countries to ensure the students have a conducive learning environment.

Environmental protection: DHL employees embarked on reforestation projects, planting thousands of trees, as well as cleaning neighborhoods, beaches and parks.

“I’m heartened to see 350 DHL employees participating in three community programs on DHL Volunteer Day 2010 in Singapore. Our employees accompanied about 70 beneficiaries from The Salvation Army’s Gracehaven Home to the Singapore Zoological Gardens on an “Amazing Race” within the zoo to appreciate the wildlife and the importance of environmental sustainability,” said Mr Richard Owens, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Global Customer Solutions, DHL Asia Pacific.

In addition, DHL organized round-robin football matches and a special Football Clinic on 18 September, hosted by locally renowned football players Malek Awab and V Sundramoorthy, for 135 underprivileged students and youths from five beneficiary organizations.

“At DHL, we believe that education is empowering. Our GoTeach initiatives provide participants with opportunities for hands-on learning in various areas ranging from sports to marine ecology. Through these initiatives, we hope to contribute towards the education and development of the next generation, so that they too can have a chance to give back in future,” said Kelvin Leung, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Global Forwarding, North Asia Pacific.

As part of its GoGreen commitment to reduce carbon footprint by 30% by 2020, DHL partnered with Singapore’s National Parks Board to plant 150 native trees at the MacRitchie Reservoir. These tree species include Chengal, Fijian Longan, Light Red Meranti and Malayan Eaglewood Tree.

“We recognize our responsibility in environmental sustainability and have been taking concrete steps to minimize our impact on the environment through our GoGreen program. We hope our actions on DHL Volunteer Day and beyond will inspire more companies to take similar steps towards developing a caring culture,” said Paul Graham, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Supply Chain Asia Pacific.

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