DHL supports refugee integration

Deutsche Post DHL Group has helped around 19,650 refugees integrate into its business since 2015.

The company is reported to rank second among the 50 best-performing global companies for hiring refugees.

Ranked number eight, the logistics group is also among the top 10 when it comes to refugee integration.

This is according to a report published in February 2023 by Refugee Integration Insights (RII), a dedicated provider of private sector refugee data.

“We are proud to have been able to provide prospects for so many refugees and facilitate their entry into the labor market,” said Thomas Ogilvie, Board Member for Human Resources and Labor Director at Deutsche Post DHL Group.

“Integration is a responsibility we live out as a global company, and a means of realising our goal of connecting people and improving their lives.”

On the subject of labor migration, Ogilvie added: “People looking for a new home in our country enrich the workforce. They are important for our country’s future and the functioning of our economy, not to mention demographics. That’s why, at the ‘Alliance of Opportunities’, for example, we are working with other companies to remove any remaining obstacles blocking fast access to the German labor market for immigrants.”

At Post & Parcel Germany, 435 Ukrainians have been hired since the outbreak of the war. Around 300 refugees have started a traineeship with the Bonn-based logistics company, the majority of whom as courier, express and postal services specialists (234), professional drivers (38) and mechatronics engineers (17).

The aim of DPDHL Group’s commitment to helping refugees is to integrate them into the German labor market, to reduce existing barriers to placement and enable them to lead self-determined lives through employment subject to compulsory insurance.

Thanks to a variety of measures, including application training, mentoring programs, internships, and language courses, DPDHL Group not only prepares refugees for the world of work but also offers them employment prospects – within or outside the company.

The deployment of refugees from countries such as Syria, Eritrea, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, and Ukraine takes place within the framework of employment, traineeships and internships. The focus is on projects and programs that promote language acquisition.

Using a specially developed in-house language learning app, for example, DPDHL Group also helps them learn German.

In 2022, the Group received the e-Learning AWARD 2022 for its integrative social approach. The initiative is supported by volunteer employees who get involved as mentors, trainers, coaches or reading and language mentors in large numbers throughout Germany.

Last month, DHL Supply Chain Thailand announced it was is deploying electric heavy vehicles following a new agreement with leading grocery retailer, Big C Supercenter.

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