Prevention instead of cure
Deutsche Post DHL‘s integrated health management system—modeled after the paradigm shift recommended by the WHO—has been a success. This shift moves the system away from the earlier model of focusing on minimizing occupational and health safety to a program that will continue to be viable into the future. We are using the company as an intercultural, interdisciplinary educational setting for prevention (whose purpose it is to minimize work-related physical and psychosocial risks) and to combine this with a broad relationship- and behavior-based approach to promoting health. This will then help us to draft prevention measures with a focus on and a responsibility toward society as a whole.
Our memberships in numerous health networks (like cancer societies or the German Heart Foundation) mean that we are constantly exchanging information on best practices. And our employees, their families, our company, our network partners and our customers profit from our work – health is everyone‘s business.
Deutsche Post DHL, as a signatory to the UN Global Compact, has stated its commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goal of fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other infections. In 2007, we developed a guideline on HIV/AIDS in cooperation with GBCHealth. Especially in severely affected countries such as South Africa, Estonia and Mexico, we provide education and support via appropriate programs and measures. We also mark World AIDS Day by providing our employees around the Group with information via our health intranet portal.
Since September of 2006, Deutsche Post DHL and UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, have worked together to fight child mortality. Over the last five years, Deutsche Post DHL has supported numerous UNICEF projects. Activities in Kenya, Peru, and India have been the focal point of these cooperative efforts. As an example of this work, the partnership contributed to protecting many children from disease. Through donations and logistical support for example in Kenya, Deutsche Post DHL contributed to reducing the malaria mortality rate for children by 44 percent between 2006 and 2008. For example, DHL helped distribute approximately 3.5 million insecticide-treated bed nets to children under five in Kenya. In addition to financial and material support from Deutsche Post DHL, our employees have also been particularly active as volunteers and in hosting numerous fundraising events. DHL Global Forwarding Tanzania donated 1,500 mosquito nets to non-governmental institutions (NGOs) in Tanzania, in a bid to boost the fight against Malaria in the country. The Long-Lasting- Insecticide-Treated Nets (LLINs) contributed by DHL will benefit SOS Children’s Village Tanzania, which will receive 1,000 nets, while the remaining nets will be delivered to other NGOs in need of support.