What is the name of your business and what inspired the name?
DHL is the global market leader for Logistics. The Deutsch Post and DHL brands stand for a wide range of easily accessible services and sustainable solutions for the transport of letters, goods and information. DHL delivers tile – critical shipments as well as goods and merchandise by road, rail, air, and sea. Our gateway covers over 220 countries and territories. The main purpose of DHL is; connecting people, improving lives. DHL started its operations in Lesotho in 1984.
What triggered your company to embark on environmental sustainability?
In the spirit of connecting people and improving lives, and in the quest to become the Benchmark for Sustainable Businesses, DHL has several CSR programs and projects which include Go Help (getting airports ready for disaster), Go Teach (Employability of vulnerable youth), and Go Green (focused on environmental protection) among others.
What are your vision, mission, and objectives?
DHL globally has a mission of reaching 0 Carbon emissions by 2050. Two main ways that DHL is working towards this under the Go Green Program, apart from cleaning campaigns, are, Planting trees and providing training about Going Green in the DHL office and in personal lives.
What have you achieved so far?
In Lesotho, we started the Go Green Initiative in 2019. Since then, we have planted trees in 3 orphanages, in and outside the district of Maseru. We have also educated these centers on the ongoing green; inspiring them to practically go green in their organizations and also giving them some gifts such as blankets, toiletries, and food. We have also done a clean-up activity with children who live in the streets, played football with them, gave them food, and educated them about going green. We also did a clean-up with Keep Lesotho Clean near DHL offices.
What were the challenges that you have faced since the establishment of your business?
The main challenge in Lesotho is understanding Go Green and having clear programs that support this initiative.
What partnerships have you made?
DHL has partnered with other organizations such as SOS Children’s Villages (which we work with for GoTeach Program), Kick4Life, Keep Lesotho Clean, and the orphanages mentioned above.
How would you encourage people to take part in sustaining the environment?
We would encourage people to acquire more knowledge on Go-Green so that they can contribute positively to the environment. For example, using less plastic and foam packs.
We also encourage companies to adopt Go-Green initiatives in order to maximize the impact.