DHL refurbishes primary school at Global Volunteer Day

DHL, entity of Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL), the world’s leading mail and logistics service group, today held Global Volunteer Day in Bangladesh to promote the spirit of volunteerism among employees. Employees from DHL Express and DHL Global Forwarding Bangladesh jointly carried out a refurbishment project at Amtoli Staff Welfare Government Primary School.

_MG_3241This year DHL is partnering with Teach for Bangladesh (TFB) a member of Teach for All which is a global network of independent social enterprises working to expand educational opportunity in different countries by engaging talented future leaders to the effort. This year’s Volunteer Day event is in line with company’s “GoTeach” and “GoHelp” initiatives, which is DPDHL’s commitment to improve the education facility of the society we live in.

Around 50 DHL volunteers helped to paint 6 class rooms. In order to facilitate the class room experience DHL set up 4 whiteboards as well. The senior management team of DHL participated a “Role model” session to share their experience and success stories to inspire student. Students were very excited to learn about DHL. Later a “Tree Plantation” program was held.

Desmond Quiah, Country Manager of DHL Express Bangladesh said, “We encourage our employees to contribute positively to society they live in. Global Volunteer Day a part of our motto “Living Responsibility” which is an integral part of a sustainable business and a clear priority for the DPDHL group”.

Nooruddin Chowdhury, Country Manager of DHL Global Forwarding mentioned, “I am privileged to be in the midst of advocates and practitioners of living responsibly. This time we choose to revamp and inspire poor children education by ensuring better classrooms and tree plantations. Our successful effort lies right at the edge of these children’s’ smile.”

The idea for Global Volunteer Day originated in 2008 in Asia Pacific, where Deutsche Post DHL employees supported projects over a specified period of time. This regional initiative went global in 2011 when the Group held its first-ever worldwide volunteer day. Global Volunteer Day is now a Group-wide employee volunteering program that is coordinated centrally and implemented at a regional and local level. The Global Volunteer Day projects deliver against the Group’s three core Corporate Responsibility programmes, which focus on environmental protection (“GoGreen”), improving educational opportunity and employability for young people (“GoTeach”), and providing humanitarian logistics support (“GoHelp”). Since 2010, Deutsche Post DHL has also been supporting the volunteer efforts of its employees through the “Living Responsibility Fund”, which twice a year invites employees to apply to receive funding for their volunteer projects carried out with local partner organizations. Last year alone, the Living Responsibility Fund provided financial support to 93 projects involving more than 6,000 employees in 39 countries around the world.

Teach For Bangladesh (TFB) is a non-profit social enterprise enlisting the most promising future leaders of the country – talented and passionate Bangladeshi university graduates and young professionals – to a national movement for education equity by working as full-time teachers for two years in under-resourced schools. TFB is member of the growing global network Teach For All, which consists of 34 countries and counting across the world which are working to end education inequity using the same basic framework.