Employee community involvement

Deutsche Post DHL Group expressly supports community involvement on the part of employees, which is regarded as a fundamental principle of our corporate culture. Though their volunteer work, employees come into contact with worlds beyond their own, broaden their horizons and improve social competencies – all of which translates into greater engagement and motivation in the workplace.

Global Volunteer Day

Global Volunteer Day: Volunteer hours (thousands)

Global Volunteer Day: Volunteer hours (thousands)

Since its inception in 2011, Global Volunteer Day (GVD)Deutsche Post DHL calls on its employees to volunteer for local charitable projects as part of its yearly Global Volunteer Day. has become a major component and driver of employee volunteer work across the Group. GVD provides a platform for employees to realize community projects in close collaboration with independent local organizations and charities. Volunteer work in the context of GVD is not limited to a single day or single project, but is designed to promote lasting ties between our employees and the many local non-profits and charities in which they are involved. As part of our Group-wide “Certified” initiative, executives and managers are also made aware of the important part they play in supporting GVD activities.

In the reporting year once again more than 100,000 employees got involved in charitable projects in their communities as part of GVD, with some 76,000 of these employees actively participating in projects. In all, employee volunteers gave approximately 365,000 hours of their time to over 2,490 projects around the world, which means a steady increase in both employee participation and the diversity of projects supported. As in 2015, we once again used the LBG model for measuring GVD participation levels in 2016.