ThinkSocial – social responsibility
For people of today and tomorrow
People of different ethnic origin, culture, religion or belief work at and for GLS. Appreciation, respect and understanding in interacting with employees and partners are important principles of the Group.
An intensive exchange with all transport partners, who serve the last mile for GLS in the collection and delivery of parcels, is an integral part of the cooperation.
Staff development is a fundamental aspect of the GLS strategy as the Group seeks to ensure long-term success for the company and its employees.
Furthermore, it is very important for the management and staff to support people in need of help. GLS companies throughout Europe promote selected initiatives within their social environment – by direct sponsorships as well as by providing free transportation services.
Training and professional development
GLS is committed to the training and development of the next generation. Young people receive a substantial and practice-oriented vocational training. For employees, the GLS Group offers professional development opportunities and leadership openings.
In Germany for example, GLS offers vocational training in the courier, express and parcel segment. GLS also trains office administrators, IT technicians, office communication staff and system integration technicians. Dual degree programmes for logistics management and business informatics are run in cooperation with technical universities. An internal business administration program complements the training offer.
GLS uses its country-specific structures to promote selected initiatives in each specific social environment. The GLS subsidiaries support various charity projects with national and regional activities.
For example, free parcel transport is carried out for children's charities. There are sponsorships of foundations for people with mental or physical disabilities. At local level, many GLS depots financially support kindergartens, schools, hospitals, hospices and other non-profit organisations.
Culture and sports sponsoring
Since 2012, the GLS Group is the official logistics partner of the European Film Academy and carries out transports in connection with the European Film Awards. GLS Austria supports LET'S CEE Film Festival in Vienna. GLS Germany is the logistics partner of the German Film Academy – active for the German Film Award and for the newcomers’ film award FIRST STEPS.
GLS Belgium is sponsoring the Belgian national football team, combining this with social commitment. Staff, partners and people with handicaps are invited to each home game of the team. In many countries GLS depots promote local sports clubs.