The DPD Foundation was founded in 2016 and, in accordance with to its constitution, supports the needs and rights of children, young adults and families. Its main focus is on fighting poverty and promoting educational projects. The 'Hilfe mit Plan' trust administers the funds on a charitable basis in accordance with the aims of the DPD Foundation. The trust supports the projects of Plan International Deutschland, and in addition functions as an umbrella organisation for a number of other foundations.
A central element of the activities of the Foundation is its partnership with the children's aid organisation Plan International Deutschland. From the very start the DPD Foundation is adopting more than 100 sponsorships for children in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In this way Plan International supports projects aimed at improving the lives of the children as well as their families and communities, with particular focus on improving their educational opportunities. At DPD these sponsorships are the responsibility of the company's trainees at locations throughout Germany. The number of sponsorships will increase continuously, and over time there will be support for further Plan International projects.
The DPD Foundation also provides support for DPD employees who are experiencing personal difficulties. It can happen to anyone that they suddenly find themselves – through no fault of their own – in a financial emergency. In such cases the DPD Foundation comes to the aid of the company's employees, transport operators and delivery personnel, as well as sorting hall operators and their staff. For this purpose a DPD aid fund has been set up which provides financial support in a fast, uncomplicated and flexible way when the individual's social network can no longer offer help.