DP World employees around the world have been contributing to the communities in which we operate through volunteering in social and environmental projects – and the enthusiasm for volunteering is growing.
We want to make a positive impact in the communities where we work – and we want our people to be part of this. Volunteering is a way of making a positive difference, and demonstrating our values in action.
Our skilled and experienced staff have expertise and knowledge to offer to local communities. At the same time, our people can benefit from the team building and skills development that volunteering offers.
In December 2014, we launched our first Global Volunteer Week to coincide with the annual UN International Day of Volunteering (5th December). It’s now become an annual event.
Staff from all our business units are encouraged to volunteer, during work hours, in projects within their local communities. These projects focus particularly on social welfare, education, health and the environment. For example:
- In India employees worked with local organisations to support people affected by severe flooding.
- In Dubai volunteers planted 250 indigenous, drought-tolerant Ghaf trees to improve local biodiversity.
- In Australia volunteers worked with Foodbank Queensland to distribute thousands of meals to people in need.
During Global Volunteer Week 2015, 821 employees volunteered during work time in 43 projects. They contributed a total of 3,250 hours, worth almost $50,000. A further 132 employees volunteered outside work hours.
A total of 55 community organisations received support from volunteers, and 8,459 people benefited directly.
Employees benefited too, with:
- 92% reporting increased ability and confidence in working as part of a team
- 84% improved communication skills
- 81% increased job satisfaction
- 91% increased motivation
Most encouragingly of all, 100% said they would volunteer again.