DHL, part of Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s leading postal and logistics group, today marked Global Volunteer Day 2011 in Thailand. This year’s Volunteer Day saw over 300 volunteers come together in a quest to contributeto the local communities where DHL employees live and work. In line with the 2011 theme of “GoHelp,” one of DHL’s three core corporate responsibility pillars, volunteers from all three business units – DHL Express, DHL Supply Chain and DHL Global Forwarding – as well as customers from NXP Manufacturing (Thailand), Big C Supercenter PCL, Tuff Company and Ittiya Yodvanich spent their weekend renovating and greening the surrounding area of a school in. Pranakorn Sri-Ayutthaya.
Six weeks before Volunteer Day, DHL employees in Thailand started a fund raising campaign within the company, selling t-shirts, teddy bears and wristbands to raise funds for the renovation of the Sittipayakorn School in Pranakorn Sri-Ayutthaya, an underfunded school in need of care. The 600,000-baht raised was used to purchase materials needed in the refurbishment of the school’s facilities. Volunteers also embarked on a donation drive to collect stationeries and other basic school necessities that the children needed. These volunteers gathered bright and early on a weekend conducting several community service activities at the school, including planting trees, renovating of the school’s facilities, donating basic school necessities and participating in fun activities with the children.
“As a responsible member of our society, DHL remains firmly committed to making positive contributions to Thailand’s future,” said Chananyarak Phetcharat, Managing Director, DHL Express Thailand and Indochina. “Since 2008, we have been participating in various activities which reflect our three corporate social responsibility pillars: GoTeach, GoGreen, GoHelp. I am incredibly touched that our staff went above and beyond, putting in their best effort into improving the quality of life of the school’s students. The smiles on the faces of these children are priceless and we know that every effort that we put in is well worth it.”
Craig Hope-Johnstone, Country Manager, DHL Supply Chain Thailand, said: “Corporate responsibility is an important part of our business. We are constantly seeking ways to improve the quality of the community in which we operate. To many of these children at Sittipayakorn School, education is a luxury but it is also crucial in order to help them excel in the future. Through our efforts, I hope that we can provide them with a better environment to study in so as to allow them to reach their full potential. I’m proud of the work and efforts put in by each and every volunteer and we are committed to continuing our efforts to make a tangible difference in the world.”
“Our Volunteer Day event today truly reflects what I call the ‘DHL Spirit.’ This is the first time that over 300 employees from three business units have come together as one, all focused on the same goal,” said Vincent Yong, Chief Operating Officer of DHL Global Forwarding Thailand. “At DHL we believe that we can make a difference if we work together as a team. I also would like to express my appreciation to the Global Volunteer’s Thailand Committee who worked tirelessly to make this event a success, and to all our employees for their dedication to improving the lives of these children.”
Introduced in Asia Pacific in 2008, Volunteer Day has expanded into Americas, Middle East, Africa and Europe over the years, and continues to build on its success by involving more employees than ever before. From 1 to 10 September 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).