DHL PARTNERS WITH MILLION TREES MIAMI TO HELP REACH 1 MILLION TREE PLANTING GOAL
Press Release: Miami, Fla. 05/21/2018
More than 100 South Florida-based employees of DHL, the world´s leading logistics provider, and their family members planted 40 trees at the Norman and Jean Reach Park in the City of Hialeah in Miami-Dade County this past weekend, as part of the company’s mandate to plant 1 million trees annually around the world as part of the company’s ambitious goal to achieve net zero transport-related emissions by the year 2050. Employees from DHL Global Forwarding, DHL Express and DHL eCommerce, all divisions of Deutsche Post DHL Group, and their families participated in the tree planting and litter clean-up activities to give back to the community and make their own contribution to improve the environment. Three types of native trees to South Florida were planted: Gumbo Limbo, Paradise and Lysiloma at the event, which continued to raise awareness about the importance of forest conservation.
“In 2008, we became the first global player in the logistics industry to establish a climate protection target and now we have set the ambitious goal of reducing all net transport-related emissions to zero by 2050,” said David Goldberg, CEO for DHL Global Forwarding, U.S. “By planting trees in the communities in which we work, we are contributing not only to our global goal but also making an impact by providing cleaner air and a beautiful environment for our people to live and work.”
DHL partnered with Million Trees Miami, a community-wide campaign developed by the Miami-Dade Community Image Advisory Board. The goal of the Million Trees Miami campaign is to plant 1 million trees by 2020 to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. This is the second time that DHL works with Million Trees Miami, the two organizations having worked together to plant 100 trees last December.
“As the world’s leading international express services provider, DHL has made a long-term commitment to protect the globe that we carry our customers’ shipments around every day,” said Greg Hewitt, CEO for DHL Express, U.S. “Planting trees in an environmentally responsible way helps the communities we serve around the world, including those in South Florida.”
The Norman and Jean Reach Park was chosen because of its extensive recreational activities and the number of young people and families it attracts. The trees planted now provide shade for walkways and benches for local residents. The initiative is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s own environmental protection program GoGreen, which includes sustainable solutions, such as climate neutral products, carbon reports and green optimization to help customers reduce emissions and waste. The previous climate target – to improve carbon efficiency by 30 percent over a 2007 baseline – was achieved in 2016, four years ahead of schedule, thanks to a diverse range of measures to optimize the Group’s vehicle fleet, buildings and logistics networks. The new target – to provide zero emissions logistics by 2050 - applies to the company’s own activities and to those of its transport subcontractors. In 2018, Deutsche Post DHL Group celebrates the GoGreen program’s 10-year anniversary.
The tree planting event is also part of DHL’s Global Volunteer Day activities, which were launched in 2008. As an integral component of its Corporate Citizenship activities, Global Volunteer Day is a major driver of employee volunteer work across the Group and supports its sustainability strategy to serve the company's economic interests and those of its stakeholders' while balancing these with social and environmental needs.
“These company-wide initiatives encourage employee volunteerism and collaboration, which contribute to our effort of greater sustainability around the world and a more sustainable future,” said Lee Spratt, CEO for DHL eCommerce, Americas. “As a Group, we pride ourselves in not limiting Global Volunteer Day to a single day or single project, but rather encourage our employees to see every day as an opportunity to get involved in their local communities creating a meaningful impact.”