DHL publishes report into its refugee initiative

Marking World Refugee Day on the 20th of June, Deutsche Post DHL has published its review of its refugee initiative that was launched in 2015. 

The refugee initiative is about getting refugees employment both at DHL and in the wider employment market. It offers work experience, career guidance, language courses and training in how to apply for jobs and mentoring.

Almost 12,500 refugees from Syria, Eritrea and a number of other countries have been through the service. Currently some 4,500 refugees are working for Deutsche Post DHL, of which 144 are trainees.

“We are proud of the fact that since 2015, we have been able to offer career prospects to so many people who were forced to flee their country of origin. This not only gives them economic independence, but also supports their social and linguistic integration,” says Thomas Ogilvie, Labor Director and Board Member for Human Resources at Deutsche Post DHL Group. “More than a third of them are still employed with us today. They are a valuable part of our workforce and make a great contribution to our company.”

“Deutsche Post DHL Group has a workforce of approximately 550,000 made up of employees from diverse cultural backgrounds, all with different experience, skillsets and perspectives – and all working together as one team. Our Group connects people and markets, and facilitates international trade. As a globally operating logistics company with branches and sites in more than 220 countries and territories, open-mindedness, equality and diversity play an extremely important role in our everyday lives. Diversity has always been our unique strength and driving force, and we truly value the diversity of our workforce,” Thomas Ogilvie adds.