We regard ourselves as an active part of the society and the communities in which we operate, and are committed to reinforcing regional and local networks in those areas where we provide services for people. Accordingly we support a wide range of social projects and charitable organisations, not just with financial resources but also with our expertise, the involvement of our employees and the provision of logistical support. However, for us social responsibility also means keeping a close eye at all times on the well-being of our staff, system partners and delivery personnel, promoting their career development and providing them with support in emergencies. We promote social involvement by our workforce and actively integrate our staff in the support of social projects and initiatives.
Since 1 June 2016 DPD has been a partner to the children's aid organisation Plan International Deutschland e.V., launching the cooperation with the sponsorship of 50 children in developing countries. The sponsorships will be managed by our trainees, who will be in regular contact with the children they support, corresponding with them and receiving several reports every year on what has been achieved with the sponsorship funds.
The important role played by our trainees makes our partnership with Plan International an investment in the future of our company. The social commitment of the trainees supplements their professional qualifications with a social component which is just as important for their future professional lives as for their personal development.
The support for these sponsorships by DPD trainees is implemented on a voluntary basis, while the company itself is responsible for the entire funding. Because the trainees can continue their sponsorship role even after the end of their apprenticeship, the number of active sponsorships will increase over the course of time.
There are many people working for DPD who do an outstanding job every single day. They develop creative solutions, contribute useful ideas to their team or 'go the extra mile'. We wish to thank them for their exceptional performance and for this purpose we started the 'Outstanding' campaign as long ago as November 2013. The special feature behind it: it is DPD personnel themselves who suggest the names of colleagues who have deserved special recognition.
The awards are decided on by an award team whose members come from different sections of the company. The award-winning DPD staff, system partners and delivery personnel are rewarded not just by the appreciation of their colleagues, but also by a 'thank you' voucher from DPD worth €20.
At our company headquarters in Aschaffenburg we have, since 2009, donated an annual amount of €30,000 to charitable organisations and projects in the region. How the financial support is allocated is decided by a jury consisting of representatives of DPD staff, Aschaffenburg's churches and the municipality.
Every year we also organise a number of DPD Volunteers' Days, during which members of our team actively get involved in projects themselves. It may be giving the cat enclosure at the local animal shelter new coat of paint, helping to renovate a kindergarten or providing support at a regional charitable event. Every year there are around ten of such Volunteers' Days.
At all our 76 locations in Germany we regard ourselves as strong partners to the local community, and accordingly our DPD depots provide active support for initiatives in their own region.
- In recent years DPD in Ludwigsburg has donated €15,000 to the 'Herzenssache' children's charity initiative, which supports projects in aid of children and young people.
- In Wuppertal the local depot donated Christmas trees to kindergartens and also implemented the delivery of these special 'Christmas parcels'.
- Since 2005 DPD's depot in in Villingen-Schwenningen has donated more than €20,000 to the Katharinenhöhe rehabilitation centre in Schönwald.
The DPD Academy offers our employees a wide range of educational and training courses. Staff can enhance their personal skills at seminars on more than 40 different subjects.
The programme covers not just professional skill areas such as load safety, customer service or quality assurance. We also offer our staff a diverse spectrum of opportunities for personal development, with seminars on subjects such as rhetorical skills, emotional intelligence and the way we perceive ourselves or are perceived by others.
Passing on knowledge, communicating values and providing help in the early stages of a new career: DPD takes its responsibility as an employer seriously and offers training in 12 different vocational fields.
The occupational specialisations range from office administration via warehouse logistics to IT qualifications. We offer ambitious young people an interesting working environment with excellent prospects, and most trainees find employment with us after they have completed their apprenticeship.
Anyone can suddenly be faced with financial difficulties through no fault of their own. In such cases we provide support to our employees, system partners, delivery drivers or hall operators and their dependants. For this purpose we have set up the DPD Aid Fund ("DPD Hilfsfonds), which provides financial help in an uncomplicated, fast and flexible way in cases where the affected person's social network is unable to offer support.