Deutsche Post have identified Disaster Management as one of the four areas of their global CSR engagement (alongside Health, Education and Environment), in order to respond to more frequent and severe weather events and to assist the international community in responding to major natural disasters exacerbated by climate change. Activities include Disaster Preparedness, and Relief and Reconstruction. Having supported relief efforts for many years, in 2005, Deutsche Post initiated and launched a global humanitarian partnership with the United Nations (specifically the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)).
By the end of 2007, Deutsche Post established a global network of DHL Disaster Response Teams (DRTs). The DRT network consists of three regional teams (DRT Asia-Pacific, DRT Middle East and Arica, DRT Americas). DRTs are made up of expert volunteers and respond to formal requests from UN-OCHA and national governments. All of them have now been trained and equipped and ensure that the DHL DRTs are ready for deployment anytime and anywhere.
In addition to its Disaster Response engagement, in collaboration with UNDP and the government of Indonesia, Deutsche Post have developed a training concept to reduce the effects of natural disasters over the long term, by preparing airport authorities to improve their response in times of disasters. Deutsche Post's work in Indonesia was a focussed effort designed to find a robust approach to disaster preparedness that could be transferred to and implemented in other at-risk countries.