Dedicated to helping local enterprise thrive, through our expertise

Innovative entrepreneurship

Dedicated to helping local enterprise thrive, through our expertise

Innovative entrepreneurship

Bright ideas and brave thinking drive us all forward. At DPDgroup we believe in fostering that spirit of innovation to help us grow as a business, to help our employees grow in skills and ambition, and to help communities grow to solve social challenges and innovate for positive change. We do this by stimulating employee innovation by empowering social entrepreneurs and by supporting innovative projects in the communities where we operate.

How?

14 innovative employee initiatives promoted in 9 European business units.

16 Ashoka network social entrepreneurs empowered since 2011 across Europe

61 local community innovations supported by DPDgroup in 2019

How DPD supports local businesses

For almost two years now DPD Germany has been supporting SIRPLUS founder and CEO Raphael Fellmer, and is now also shipping goods from the SIRPLUS online shop.

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Why SIRPLUS?

In Germany 18 million tons of perfectly good food is simply dumped every year. SIRPLUS, the country’s first supermarket selling groceries that would otherwise be disposed of as garbage, is campaigning against this waste of food.

How SIRPLUS fights food waste?

SIRPLUS currently already operates three so-called “rescue supermarkets” in Berlin, where the groceries are returned to the food cycle for sale in the shop or for home delivery. By 2022 a total of 35 SIRPLUS stores are to be opened throughout Europe.

The vision of the “food saviours” is to rescue five million tons of food from the garbage bin over the next ten years.

The social impact start-up markets all kinds of food that can no longer be sold in the conventional way – for example because vegetables are misshapen or the sell-by date of products has been reached, or simply because too much of something has been produced.

How DPD supports SIRPLUS?

In addition to providing logistical support in the form of shipping online orders, DPD also promotes the sustainable SIRPLUS approach among its own employees.

DPD and SIRPLUS offer interested employees not only “rescue boxes” and online subscriptions, but also a trip to Berlin. There DPD employees can gain an impression of how modern grocery rescue works at first hand.

DPD accordingly endorses the declared aim of SIRPLUS to create greater awareness and appreciation of food, together with more sustainable supplies.

> 69%

of the eco-selective e-shoppers in Germany say that they are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly products and services.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goal

Implement innovative entrepreneurship programmes to foster innovation and intrapreneurship.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal

Implement innovative entrepreneurship programmes to foster innovation and intrapreneurship.