Partnership with SOS Children’s Villages
Deutsche Post DHL Group’s global collaboration with SOS Children’s Villages dates back to 2010 and today includes partnerships in 26 countries. The main focus of the Group’s involvement is to provide support to young people between the ages of 15 and 25 as they make the transition to working life. Along with financial support for educational programs and youth facilities, our activities focus on career guidance, teaching basic professional skills, providing young people with their first exposure to the work environment, and supporting them in their own start-up ventures. The goal is to enhance their employability and increase their chances of becoming independent, self-supporting young adults. In 2016, more than 1,000 employees devoted over 22,000 hours of their time to our partnership with SOS Children’s Villages. Some 2,000 young people received assistance, over 44 completed internships within the Group, and at least 28 were offered employment contracts.
In the reporting year, we worked together with SOS Children’s Villages on a system that allows us to share experiences gained from the partnership with all country-level SOS Children’s Villages organizations around the world. The goal here is to enable SOS Children’s Villages to work with other companies around the world, i.e. independently from Deutsche Post DHL Group, on additional programs that support young people in their transition from school to working life.