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Press Release

Bonn 02/11/2015

Deutsche Post DHL develops logistics models for Circular Economy

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Deutsche Post DHL will focus on improving the understanding and fostering the development of logistics models.
Group affiliated with “Circular Economy 100” of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Deutsche Post DHL, the world's leading mail and logistics service provider, has been honored as a member of “Circular Economy 100” of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Members of the CE100 are representatives of companies, innovators, and regions that join forces to contribute to a renewable, circular economy with individual projects or with their entire business orientation. Deutsche Post DHL impressed the Foundation with its corporate strategy and its measures in the GoGreen Group program. The institution underlined the Groups efforts in optimizing supply chains, its long history of return logistics, the reduction of CO2 emissions, use of renewable energies, and the involvement of its employees in environmental topics.

“Being accepted into this group is a confirmation of our focus on sustainability. The membership also provides a good platform for tackling the major challenges of the future together,” said Christof Ehrhart, EVP Corporate Communications and Responsibility at Deutsche Post DHL. “We all know that resources are limited, that our climate is being affected by carbon emissions, and that our consumer behavior may lead to greater problems in the future. Joining ideas and forces to tackle these challenges is an important step for coming generations.”

New insights and collaborative opportunities

"Deutsche Post DHL is an international leader in the logistics industry and we are delighted to welcome them to the Circular Economy 100. Reverse logistics is an important enabler in the transition to a circular economy and Deutsche Post DHL will play a key role in providing new insights and collaborative opportunities within the program.” Andrew Morlet, CEO, Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Deutsche Post DHL will focus on improving the understanding and fostering the development of logistics models that enable a more circular flow of goods to allow more effective reuse, remanufacturing and recycling of products and avoid waste.
The British-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation was set up in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to a renewable, circular economy. The organizations represented in “Circular Economy 100” are supposed to help design this transition through case studies, the exchange of information, and “thinking outside the box”. Renewable energies, recycling raw and other materials and avoiding emissions and waste products are key words of this type of circular economy. In its annual “Reports on the Circular Economy”, the Foundation calculates which measures are necessary and what opportunities already exist. The current study of global value creation chains in 2014 for example revealed that a change to circular supply chains from 2025 could lead to an additional annual worldwide value creation of EUR 780 billion and the creation of 100,000 jobs.