DHL provides Transaid with a global scale
DHL Supply Chain has become a full member of transport and logistics charity Transaid this week, joining a select group of industry champions which have committed to supporting the charity’s work.
The group provide core funding which allows Transaid to complete life –saving work in the developing world. Member companies, which includes Norbert Dentressangle, MAN Truck & Bus, Iveco, Volvo Trucks and Jaguar Land Rover, can be called upon to contribute directly towards Transaid’s work by providing volunteers to take part in technical secondments overseas.
Gary Forster, Chief Executive of Transaid, says: “Securing the backing of the world’s largest logistics provider is a fabulous endorsement of everything we have been working hard to achieve. DHL’s commitment brings global scale and an employee culture dedicated to volunteering.”
“In making today’s announcement we’re putting our shoulder to the wheel and declaring our commitment to making a real difference to Transaid’s projects,” added Graham Inglis, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Supply Chain Europe. “Transaid is a huge success story for the UK road transport and logistics industry and by exploiting our global scale I’m confident we can contribute to helping save even more lives in Africa.”
Prior to becoming a member, representatives of DHL took part in Transaid’s overseas challenges including Cycle Tanzania in 2010 and Cycle Madagascar in 2011, plus participating in the Transaid Professional Driver Training Consortium, donating money and raffle prizes to Transaid.
As part of its new membership, DHL will leverage its own resources to provide additional backing to Transaid, with specialists within the organisation providing valuable strategic and HR advice as the charity continues to grow.
DHL also plans to field teams in the upcoming Transaid fundraising events which include a cycle ride from London to Amsterdam and The Big Walk to a Small Pub.
Since the beginning of 2012 Transaid has significantly increased the scope of its work, from 11 active projects to 17, with teams now working in nine countries including Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.