DHL BACKS TRANSAID
8 March 2013
Leading logistics provider DHL Supply Chain has signed up as a full member of transport and logistics industry charity, Transaid. The move sees the company join a select group of industry champions committed to supporting the charity’s life-saving work in the developing world.
Together, members provide much of the core funding that enables Transaid to operate, and 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.
DHL Supply Chain joins a prestigious group of Transaid member companies which includes Bandvulc Tyres, Bibby Distribution, Cardinal Maritime, DAF Trucks, Go-Ahead, Hankook Tyre, Hoyer, Iveco, Jaguar Land Rover, MAN Truck & Bus, Michelin, National Express, Norbert Dentressangle, Stagecoach Bus, Volvo Trucks and Wincanton.
Note to Editor:
Transaid (www.transaid.org) is an international development agency that aims to improve people’s quality of life in the developing world by making transport more available and affordable. It was founded by Save The Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and works by sharing skills and knowledge with local people to enable them to put in place and manage efficient transport systems.
Transaid’s core work includes creating transport management systems for the public sector and assisting with the provision of professional driving qualification development and the training of driver trainers. It also assists with teaching preventive vehicle maintenance management and introducing local, low cost transport solutions including its innovative bicycle ambulance. Transaid also helps promote HIV, AIDS and road safety awareness and shares its specialist knowledge with the humanitarian aid sector.
Transaid enjoys strong backing from the transport and logistics industry and the active involvement of its patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
For further press information:
Aggie Krasnolucka-Hickman at Transaid +44 (0)20 7387 8136
James Keeler at Garnett Keeler +44 (0)20 8647 4467