TNT Logistics North America announced it raised $92,000 in the US, Canada and Mexico during the first quarter of 2005 for the United Nation’s World Food Program (WFP). These dollars were collected on behalf of WFP as part of a series of initiatives undertaken by TNT employees over the past three months. This is nearly a 100% increase over the $47,000 raised by TNT in the first quarter of 2004.
Funds raised in 2005 included $17,000 for tsunami relief in the aftermath of the disaster that struck the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004.
TNT Logistics, as part of TNT N.V., has made a long-term commitment to WFP. TNT and WFP launched a groundbreaking partnership in 2002 that is aimed at fighting world hunger. By teaming up with WFP, TNT is committed to sharing its resources and know-how in order to make a lifesaving difference. Every day millions of people go to bed hungry, yet the planet produces more than enough food to provide for its entire population. The problem is getting the food to the people who need it in emergency situations. Logistics is an essential weapon in the fight against hunger.
“In addition to financial support, logistics is a key area where TNT can contribute,” said Fred Griffiths, vice president of purchasing and disbursements, and team leader for WFP participation by TNT’s North American business unit. “As a global company, we’re able to help with emergency response and supply chain improvements in getting food collected and distributed to vital parts of the world.”
The dollars raised by TNT employees are earmarked for WFP’s Global School Feeding Campaign, which has been able to demonstrate the value of tying nutrition with education and health, producing long-term benefits for pupils, their families and the communities where they live. Through fundraising efforts and volunteer programs, TNT strives to raise cash and awareness for this campaign between its global workforce and business partners.
“For 2005, much of our fundraising efforts in North America will be targeted at assisting the WFP relief initiatives specifically in Nicaragua,” Griffiths added. “Each TNT business unit has elected to focus its attention on certain areas of the world where help is needed most and Nicaragua is one of those areas. We look forward to helping make a real difference in the lives of school children in the outlying areas of Nicaragua, such as Matagalpa where we currently have TNT volunteers working.”
Set up in 1963, the World Food Program is the United Nation’s frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. In 2003, WFP fed 104 million people in 81 countries, including most of the world’s refugees and internally displaced people. WFP is the largest provider of nutritious meals to poor school children and through its School Feeding program aims to ensure the world’s 300 million undernourished children are educated.
Providing a nutritious meal at school is a simple but concrete way to give poor children a chance to learn and thrive. It costs 19 cents a day to feed a child at school and yet the benefits are invaluable. For more information on WFP, please visit www.wfp.org.
TNT Logistics North America is a business unit of TNT Logistics, a leading global logistics provider. TNT designs, implements and operates complex supply chain solutions on a national, regional or global scale for medium to large enterprises. Through its freight forwarding unit, TNT provides air and sea freight services within an international network. TNT exploits technology to achieve optimization, integration and visibility throughout the supply chain. The company focuses on a diverse range of market sectors including automotive, tires, general industry, fast moving consumer goods/retail, rail and utilities.
TNT Logistics employs 40,000 people, who are operating in 39 countries, managing over 91 million square feet of warehouse space. In 2004, TNT Logistics reported sales of $5.38 billion.