DHL Express Sri Lanka supports global ‘Pole 2 Pole challenge’ for climate protection

Supporting the global ‘Pole 2 Pole challenge’, DHL Express Sri Lanka has recently organized various activities to create awareness for a cleaner, greener and healthier planet. These include beach cleanup, marathon, ‘Cycling to Office Day’ and tree planting.The first initiative was to clean up the Wellawatte beach. Over 65 employees participated and helped remove plastic waste. Employees collected over 100 kilos of waste which were segregated into glass, plastic and recyclables, a press release said.

Forty-five employees also planted 120 saplings in Galle at the Niyagama Vijitha Central College. Children from the school were also given a lesson on herbal plants by an Ayurvedic doctor.

Dimithri Perera, Country Manager, DHL Express Sri Lanka said: “The Pole 2 Pole challenge contributes and strengthens our sustainability actions. We are also collaborating with our colleagues across the world to ensure we are delivering impact in creating a cleaner, greener and healthier planet. We wish thrill-seekers – Roland Thomas and Liv Marit Stern an invigorating journey as they reach the South Pole.”

Tharaka de Silva, Head of Human Resources, DHL Express Sri Lanka added: “As we participate in a range of initiatives to mark the Pole to Pole challenge, our colleagues understand and acknowledge our responsibility to the planet and the environment. The projects are also aligned with our “Fit for Work, Fit for Life” initiatives, which promote a healthy work-life balance.”

The DHL Pole 2 Pole Challenge aims to show its support for climate protection by getting employees across the world to pass the Pole2Pole flag, starting from the North Pole and ending at the South Pole. At the end of the challenge, the flags would have been relayed through 100 countries, including Sri Lanka. The challenge also serves as a platform to raise $100,000 for Conservation International to support environment conservation. In addition, DHL employees are planting 100,000 trees around the world.

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