For the people of today and tomorrow
People of different ethnic origin, culture or religion work at and for GLS. Appreciation, respect and understanding in dealing with employees and partners are among the important principles.
Thus, personnel development and intensive exchange with transport partners are among the most important building blocks in the company's sustained success. Furthermore, GLS is involved in various projects for people who are in need of help.
GLS becomes industry winner in Best Recruiters study
In the Best-Recruiters study of the "career Institut & Verlag", GLS Germany was awarded as winner in the sector transport, traffic and logistics. Among the companies tested, GLS again took first place and received the Best-Recruiters seal in gold. In the overall ranking of more than 400 of the largest employers in Germany, GLS achieved fourth place.
GLS delivers organic breakfasts to 220 schools
Healthy and delicious: some 17,500 school starters at 220 primary schools in Hamburg received an organic breakfast box filled with wholesome, organic food.
GLS has been providing logistics support to the initiative for six years.
GLS celebrates International Parcel Day 2019
Together with Caritas, GLS used the International Parcel Day to show its support for inclusion. GLS and the charity took part jointly in Europe’s largest family celebration for people with and without disabilities.
Signal vests for primary school children
In order to increase the visibility and safety of the primary school children in Neuenstein during the winter months, GLS had fluorescent signal vests in children's sizes produced and handed them over to the community of Neuenstein: all 85 primary school pupils received a vest, another 65 were distributed to the day-care centres in the community.
Through its corporate volunteering programme, GLS Germany gives its employees the opportunity to support social projects. These might include clean-up initiatives or assistance with extension or renovation projects at playgrounds, nursery schools and sports facilities.
Initiatives are also run in conjunction with charitable organisations.
All projects are suggested by employees. If necessary and feasible, GLS gives the employees the day off and provides them with logistical support.
Decorating Christmas trees at a care home for the elderly
On one volunteering day, GLS trainees paid a visit to the residents of Korian old people’s homes in six German cities. Together, they decorated Christmas trees. The trees (including stands) were provided by TimTanne®, whereas decorations and fairy lights were donated by GLS. Trainees and residents had a lovely day together, which made a pleasant change from the day-to-day routines of both groups.
Hutch building for a primary school
Plenty of room for furry classmates: for their volunteer day this year, GLS staff in Neuenstein have built a year-round enclosure for rabbits at Schenklengsfeld primary school. By looking after the dwarf rabbits, the school children learn to take responsibility for the animals in their care. Two bunnies will be moving into the hutch to start with, but there’s room for plenty more...
Heroes at a children’s home
“Everyday heroes” was the motto behind the volunteering day in February 2017 in Frankfurt. Nine employees helped out at the Protestant youth care centre Kinderheimat Reinhardshof. They moved the centre’s library onto another floor and provided the outdoor playground with new bark mulch.
Support for social projects
GLS Germany supports numerous regional and local campaigns. These include free parcel transport or support for organisations and institutions.
On a local level, support is often given to kindergartens, schools, hospitals and hospices.
Helping young people on International Parcel Day
On International Parcel Day in May 2018, GLS employees assisted young people’s organisations in three cities by contributing donations, labour and materials. At JUZ Wiebelskirchen (Wiebelskirchen youth club), they and the staff built a disco area, complete with hand-made furniture and a lighting system. The school research centre in Wangen was delighted to receive materials for robot construction and automation, not to mention hands-on help with installation. Fences and enclosures at Jugendfarm Ludwigsburg (Ludwigsburg youth farm) were given a fresh coat of paint. The GLS helpers also provided green fodder for the animals. For the first time, other countries also celebrated International Parcel Day. In the USA, the GLS national subsidiary put together care packages for homeless children.
Benefit concert for children with cancer
German pop music and generosity: a benefit concert takes place in Erding each year – to raise money for children with cancer.
The employees at the local GLS depot fully support the event.
The proceeds went to the Förderverein für Tumor- und Leukämiekranke Kinder Mainz (Mainz support association for children with tumours and leukaemia) and the Chistophorus Hospizverein Erding hospice association. Last year, a total of €9,300 was raised.
Advent calendars for children
Christmas is a time for giving. In particular, children always look forward to a nice surprise every year.
Therefore, GLS donated 750 Advent calendars to facilities and organisations in Frankfurt, Göttingen, Bad-Hersfeld, Kassel and Homberg that do good work for sick or needy children.
The calendars are presented at the end of November by our contact at the organisation concerned (e.g. the nursing manager or senior doctor).
A new swap body for THW in Straubing
THW provides urgent relief to the civilian population, both in Germany and around the world, in the event of disasters and emergencies.
As an expression of its gratitude for the agency’s important work, GLS is supporting the acquisition of a new swap body. The swap body will be used to hold materials such as sandbags, the organisation’s special scaffolding system (which is used to build auxiliary structures) and tools.
As such, THW can respond to emergencies much more quickly. The cheque for €500 was presented by Reinhard Probst, Managing Director of Straubing Distribution Centre, to the Chief Executive of Helfer und Förderer des THW Straubing e.V., Martin Lauer, at the GLS site.
Support for charity runners
2,700 kilometres across five countries: the route of the North Cape charity run, which is the fifth and so far longest charitable running event held by TSV Eintracht Wolfshagen. Ten dedicated athletes set off on the first leg of this relay event, which starts in Timmendorfer Strand (on the German Baltic Sea coast) and goes through Denmark, Sweden and Finland before finishing at North Cape in Norway. Partners, donors and sponsors – including GLS – provided financial support, with the parcel company contributing €2,000.
All the surplus proceeds were donated to Elternhilfe für das krebskranke Kind e.V. at University Medical Center Göttingen. This organisation provides accommodation and support to the parents and relatives of young children who are inpatients at the hospital.
“Aktion Spenderherz”: running a marathon for a good cause
In order to support a family with two severely ill children, GLS funded 50 starters at both the Cologne Marathon and the Frankfurt Marathon. The entire proceeds were donated to the family of David – who is waiting for a heart donation – and his sister Zoë, who has leukaemia.
“Aktion Spenderherz” was initiated by triathlete Elmar Sprink in conjunction with laufen.de. Sprink was the first person with a transplanted heart to complete the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. The sports website laufen.de bought the starter positions funded by GLS at a reduced price from the event organiser; they can be purchased via www.finisher.club.
Help for little patients
Donating comfort and helping in a child-friendly way - the association Kleine Patienten in Not e. V. is committed to young accident victims.
The most important ally here is Benny the Comforter Bear. The teddy bear is given to injured and traumatised children by rescue services, in hospitals and similar institutions.
The gift helps to alleviate horror and pain in emergency situations. The bears are financed by donations. The employees of Depot 70 in Vaihingen an der Enz support the project and donated 30 Comforter Bears for children in need.
GLS drives for Santa Claus
For St. Nicholas Day, the Bundesverband Kinderhospiz e.V. (Federal Association of Children's Hospices) organises a little joy for seriously ill children every year.
It collects donations of high-quality toys and care products and distributes them to hospice facilities throughout Germany. They pass them on to the little patients. This is intended to bring a bit of normality into the daily lives of life-threatening children and their families.
GLS has taken over the transport of the St. Nicholas parcels since 2012 - free of charge.
GLS supports breast cancer help
GLS is committed to the association Brustkrebs Deutschland e.V. The organisation informs women of all ages and provides valuable education about the disease. For this purpose, the association offers a wide range of information material, which is sent to various institutions throughout Germany.
GLS Germany supports Brustkrebs Deutschland e.V. by transporting the flyers and brochures at cost price.
The Depot Geretsried is responsible for picking up the information material.
GLS supports the development of young employees with a sound and practically relevant training programme.
In Germany, for example, GLS trains CEP professionals, IT professionals, office communication professionals and IT system integration experts.
A dual study course in logistics management and business informatics is offered in conjunction with universities of applied science.
The professional development portfolio is rounded off with an in-house business management programme.
GLS is fully aware of its special responsibility to the environment and to society.
GLS is committed to the environment. This includes using resources responsibly and reducing emissions.
We promote sports and culture. Fair play, team spirit and equal opportunities have a high priority.