Source: DHL

DHL Global Forwarding, Freight the air, ocean and road freight specialist division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has been certified as a Top Employer 2022 by the Top Employer Institute. 

The certification recognises DHL’s extensive efforts to create a positive, safe and encouraging workplace for its employees. 

Globally, DHL Global Forwarding, Freight has been recognized as a Top Employer in 40 countries, and therefore also receives certification as Top Employer Global 2022, Top Employer Asia Pacific 2022, Top Employer North America 2022, Top Employer Africa 2022, Top Employer Europe 2022, and Top Employer Middle East 2022. 

“Our guiding principle ‘Connecting People. Improving Lives,’ is not limited to the work for our clients but applies equally to our employees,” says Harm Otten, Global Head of HR, DHL Global Forwarding, Freight. 

“The certification confirms our best-in-class efforts to attract and retain talent through lifelong learning offerings, a flexible work environment and our diverse and inclusive company culture.” 

“We achieved outstanding scores in the topics of Business Strategy, Ethics, Integrity and Values, and Leadership which reinforces the organisation’s message and goal of being the best team of motivated and respected Freight Forwarding Experts.” 

The Top Employer Institute rates companies based on its HR Best Practices Survey. The survey covers six areas that represent key HR topics: Steer, Shape, Attract, Develop, Engage and Unite. 

With its numerous employee initiatives, DHL Global Forwarding, Freight covers all these areas in its HR activities, to create an encouraging, positive working environment. For example, DHL offers its employees a wide range of training opportunities with internal training in the areas of logistics, management and process improvement. 

One recent employee engagement initiative is called “Well-being at DHL Global Forwarding, Freight”. The program examines how employees’ tasks, expectations, stress levels, and work environment affect their overall health and satisfaction. 

DHL Global Forwarding, Freight has linked all these possible engagements under the term “well-being” in three ways: Be social, be present, and be active. 

“We are a people business, and every success that we have comes from our employees, so we are very proud to be recognised as a Top Employer once again,” says Clement Blanc – Managing Director South Africa – DHL Global Forwarding. 

“The award acknowledges the many ways we create a positive work environment for our employees and provide them with the support they need.” 

“For example, the roll-out of our Smart Connect App to all employees, further promotion of our Leadership Attributes, new modules under Certified, and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives complemented our focus on well-being and gave our employees a safe place to work where everyone is welcomed.” 

Across the organisation, employees can also acquire internationally acknowledged qualifications, move to other areas of the business and even other countries. ]

The rich cultural diversity this produces is evident every year during DHL Global Diversity & Inclusion Week, when thousands of employees from all areas of the company take the time to celebrate their culture and share it with colleagues. 

To celebrate diversity and inclusion, DHL has also supported establishing an internal company network called RainbowNet, which provides a platform for LGBTQIA+ employees to share their experiences. 

The network has members worldwide and supports employees and managers on all issues related to coming out at work. The Group is also proud to support numerous programs designed to support and inspire female employees, from networking events to career program and talent pools. 

The Women at DHL Global Forwarding, Freight initiative won the Gold Award at the internationally renowned Stevie Awards for Women in Business.