Economic success

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Deutsche Post DHL Group contributes in many ways to the economic well-being of individuals and societies. With some 510,000 employees, annual revenues of €57.3 billion and EBIT of approximately €3.5 billion, Deutsche Post DHL Group also serves

  • as a catalyst for global trade with its world-spanning logistics networks, which make it possible for companies and people to participate in international trade, and
  • as an indirect economic factor, with our sites, employees and suppliers contributing to economic growth and development in their respective regions.

The Group’s economic performance is presented in detail in our 2016 Annual Report. Our solid financial position is evidence of the trust our customers place in us as a socially responsible company. At the same time, this position allows us to expand our activity in the area of corporate responsibility.

Conservative tax strategy


By paying taxes and other duties to federal, state and local authorities in many different countries, the Group also helps finance the maintenance and expansion of infrastructure. This responsibility is the basis for our conservative tax strategy. As a global company, we also have subsidiaries in so-called “low-tax” countries; we do not regard these as tax optimization opportunities, but as companies that support our business activity.

With the help of our global team of tax experts, we ensure that taxation risks can be recognized and counteracted, that national and international tax-related complianceThe adherence to laws and regulations, standards, company policies and self-commitments. requirements are met and, as a result, that the commercial activities of the Group are properly taxed in the respective countries. Please refer to our 2016 Annual Report for details on our tax expenses.

Rewarding investor trust


We reward the trust placed in us by our investors with a stable share price. In the reporting year, we paid out €1,027 million in dividends for fiscal year 2015, pumping this money back into the economy. Information on dividends for fiscal year 2016 can be found in our 2016 Annual Report.

Staff costs at prior-year level




staff costs

With approximately 510,000 employees we are one of the world’s largest employers. In the reporting year staff costs amounted to €20 billion – more than one-third of Group revenues. These costs include wages, salaries and compensation as well as all other benefits paid to Group employees for their work during the fiscal year, including social contributions. We also offer defined benefit and/or defined contribution-based pension plans, which accounted for approximately €600 million of total staff costs in 2016. More detailed information on pension plans is available in the 2016 Annual Report.

Remuneration paid to the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board represents 0.08% of total staff costs. In 2016 the total remuneration paid to active Board of Management members amounted to €12.3 million; for the Supervisory Board, that total was €2.6 million. These figures include share-based remuneration. Please refer to the Group Management Report for additional details on Board of Management and Supervisory Board remuneration.

Investments in technological development


We continually invest in the renewal and modernization of our hubs, networks, and road and air fleets. One focus of our investment policy is technological advancement, which has helped to further our pioneering role in the area of electric-powered delivery vehicles, for example. Please see our chapter on “Environment & Solutions” for details. In the reporting year, our investment expenditures amounted to more than €2 billion. A detailed report on Group investments can be found in our 2016 Annual Report.