DPDHL Group: Among Top Companies Hiring Refugees

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Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL Group) is the second-best global company for refugee hiring and is among the top ten companies for refugee integration, ranked eighth. This makes it a leader in the logistics industry.

A February 2023 report by Refugee Integration Insights (RII), which is a provider of private sector refugee data, reveals that DPDHL Group has employed or trained 19,650 refugees since autumn 2015. This report highlights the DPDHL Group's commitment to refugee integration.

"We are proud to have been able to provide prospects for so many refugees and facilitate their entry into the labour market,” says 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 labour migration, Ogilvie adds: "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 labour market for immigrants."

Post & Parcel Germany has employed 435 Ukrainians since the outbreak of the war, and 300 refugees have begun traineeships at the logistics company, with most working as couriers, express and postal services specialists, professional drivers, and mechatronics engineers. DPDHL Group's goal is to integrate refugees into the German job market, minimise placement obstacles, and provide compulsory insurance employment for self-determination.

DPDHL Group uses various initiatives to help refugees integrate into the German labour market, including application training, mentoring programmes, internships, and language courses.

The programme has helped 19,650 refugees enter employment or traineeships at DPDHL Group since 2015. The company deploys refugees from countries such as Syria, Eritrea, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, and Ukraine. The focus is on language acquisition, and a specially developed in-house language learning app is used to help refugees learn German.

In 2022, the Group received the e-Learning AWARD 2022 for its integrative social approach. Volunteer employees play a significant role in the initiative, working as mentors, trainers, coaches, and language mentors throughout Germany.

Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world's top logistics company, is dedicated to contributing to sustainable development. The company is a trusted partner of the United Nations, supporting its Sustainable Development Goals. As part of its Sustainability Roadmap, DHL Group aims to provide its employees with the best working conditions and adhere to responsible corporate governance practices.

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