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Press Release

Bonn 06/21/2010

First DHL Supply Chain World Safety Day on 22 June 2010

  • Promoting safe and healthy workplaces for employees worldwide
  • Occupational health and safety initiative reflects DHL Supply Chain's commitment to operational excellence
DHL Supply Chain has designated 22 June 2010 as the company's first World Safety Day (WSD). WSD aims to highlight DHL's goal to promote safe and healthy workplaces for the benefit of employees and customers worldwide through active employee engagement and informational activities.

Site managers around the world will allocate at least 30 minutes at the beginning of the workday and at the start of each shift on 22 June to talk to their teams and to remind them of the critical role of health and safety measures in ensuring DHL's continuing success. Moreover, senior managers have been encouraged to spearhead the program and to be creative in organizing events and activities centered on WSD. These activities include workshops to raise safety awareness, local campaigns and quizzes and games that may also involve team members' families.

"We believe that an excellent company is by definition a safe company. Our efforts to minimize the risk at the workplace to our people therefore reflect our commitment to operations excellence. Occupational safety and health are vital prerequisites to delivering the performance our customers expect," says Bill Meahl, Chief Operating Officer, DHL Supply Chain.

DHL is fully aware that a good safety record goes hand in hand with high productivity and quality services and standards, benefiting the company and its customers alike. And while 2009 was once again marked by good progress in decreasing lost time injuries and the overall number of incidents, there is still some way to go to reach a sustainable zero accident culture. Therefore, DHL Supply Chain stresses the importance of safely producing and delivering its products and services and continues to intensify its efforts to prevent accidents at workplaces.

An important aspect of these efforts is the active involvement of all employees, around the world, inside and outside of the workplace. Says Phil Renaud, Vice President Global Health Safety & Environment, DHL Supply Chain, "Safety is a fundamental element of our success. It contributes to our bottom lines in many significant ways. This is why we continuously seek to implement safer work practices and foster healthier work environments. And we are happy that our first WSD on 22 June will allow us to promote these aims and to remind the entire DHL Supply Chain family that safety is everyone's responsibility."