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Sierra Leone News: Methodist Girls School “Go-Green” with DHL

DHL MD- Basil Akinbinu & MGHS Principal, Mrs McEwen planting the first flowerOn the occasion of the United Nations’ World Environment Day, DHL, called its 480,000 employees world wide, for action to participate in activities for the environment and the climate.
However, this form of engagement is not a one-time activity: the Group’s Go-Green program was launched in 2009 and encompasses the overall carbon efficiency improvement as well as a carbon neutral transport service.
To commemorate the past World Environment Day, employees of DHL Sierra Leone which is part of Deutch Post DHL, embarked on a flower planting exercise at the Methodist Girls High School in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  The aim of this exercise was to help contribute to preserving ‘Mother Earths’ biodiversity whilst in the process also beautifying the school campus. This exercise was graced by the schools administration and pupils of the Methodist Girls High school.
The Managing Director of DHL, Basil Akinbinu and the Principal, Methodist Girls High School, Monica McEwen planted the first flowers.
The DHL Managing Director, Basil Akinbinu, explained that every year, World Environment Day is a good opportunity to sharpen our awareness of the environment and the climate. He said, It is particularly pleasant, that many of those activities in the margin of World Environment Day are conducted jointly by employees and customers, and that these activities turn into long-term projects, which will be sustainable throughout the year.
Akinbinu, maintained that the GoGreen-program is a very good example of how DHL continuously strive to relieve the environment. Since the start of the program,his organization has continuously improved carbon efficiency and have gone more than half the way towards the company’s goal to improve its carbon efficiency by 30 percent by 2020.
“Environmental protection is an integral part of our company strategy and is reflected in several guidelines for example for paper or procurement as well as investments,” he said.
On behalf of the school administration, the Principal of the Methodist Girls High School, Monica McEwen was delighted that her school was identified for this years DHL Go-Green program which is to compliment and join the World to reduce climate change, and protect Bio-Diversity. She said the gesture will indeed encourage the students to be more involved in environmental issues which is very important.
Madam McEwen, maintained that she will ensure that the flowers planted will be looked after, so that as it blossoms, so the students of the school will continue to excel in their studies.
For five years now, DHL have participated to commemorate World Environment Day, and DHL corporate brands represent a one-of-a-kind portfolio of logistics (DHL) and communications (Deutsche Post).  With programs in the areas of environmental protection, disaster management and education, the Group is committed to social responsibility.
By Ade Campbell
Thursday June 19, 2014

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