Logistics are central to international trade’s success.  What were once “shipping” services are now logistics companies, and are crucial for international business to keep on humming.  Fedex has gained much attention for its attention to sustainability; and UPS has long been a leader, issuing corporate sustainability reports for several years.  But DHL can hold its own on the CSR front as well.

DHL has offered carbon-neutral shipping options for a few years now.  Customers in the 17 countries who benefit from the plan help direct carbon offsetting projects in Brazil, India, and China.  The company’s 6-step approach helps improve operational efficiency throughout DHL’s operations, reducing fuel consumption while mitigating the effects of its daily services on the environment.

But DHL’s CSR efforts reach beyond the environment and energy consumption.  The firm is a steady partner for natural disasters that occur around the world, and is quick to dispatch its Disaster Response Teams at a moment’s notice.  DHL’s employees are also involved with UNICEF and educational programs as well.

Finally, the company listens to its employees:  in 2009 alone, workers at all levels submitted 227,000 ideas on how DHL could improve its operational efficiency.  Management also aggressively invests in vocational education and study programs for its young talent.

In sum, Deutsche Post DHL has a well-rounded, transparent approach towards CSR.  The company’s commitment to sustainability and people just make you want to kiss, as this commercial from Korea, which ran two years ago, shows:

About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.