Blue Dart's World CSR Day Connects Minds to Sustain the Future

Mumbai, February 18, 2015:

Blue Dart Express Limited, South Asia's premier courier and integrated express package distribution Company presented the 4th Blue Dart World CSR Day and Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Awards at a glittering function at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai on February 18, 2015. The awards applauding global corporate social responsibility and sustainability champions across various industries were given away by Yogesh Dhingra, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Blue Dart Express.

This year's edition of Blue Dart's World CSR Day was centred on the theme 'Connecting Minds: Creating the Future'. The event was inaugurated by His Excellency Khaled Al Kamda, Director General, Community Development Authority, Yogesh Dhingra, CFO & COO, Blue Dart Express, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, Dr. Massouda Jalal, Former Minister of Women, Founding Chairperson, Jalal Foundation, Afghanistan and Dr. Sally Uren, Chief Executive Officer, Forum for the Future.

The panel discussions were stimulating and inspiring with latest developments and emerging issues, along with trends and innovative practices in the field of CSR and sustainability discussed. The sessions saw participation from leading organizations committed to driving better sustainability practices which included the United Nations; Deutsche Post DHL; Jalal Foundation, Afghanistan; Jindal Steel and Power Ltd.; Teach For India and Magic Bus among several others.

Speaking at the event, Yogesh Dhingra, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Blue Dart Express said, "In its 4th year, the Blue Dart World CSR Day has become an interesting platform for people from across the world to connect, ideate and share innovative approaches and best practices in CSR and sustainability. It has always been our firm belief that such initiatives cannot depend on reluctant stakeholders and it's up to each of one of us as a socially conscious company to play a role in building a sustainable future for the generations to come. To this end, we have implemented the Deutsche Post DHL group's sustainability strategy of 'Living Responsibility' which includes the 3 pillars of GoGreen, GoHelp and GoTeach."

The day ended with the 4th Blue Dart Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Awards which recognized contribution across categories such as best corporate social responsibility practices; best environment friendly project; support and improvement in quality of education; concern for health; promoting emplacement for physically challenged; women empowerment; community development; outstanding contribution to water efficiency; global green future leadership; overall corporate governance, compliance and ethics program and many more.

The advisory council included Ketan Kulkarni, VP & Head- Marketing, Corp. Comm. & Sustainability, Blue Dart Express Limited; Sujatha Sudheendra, Head - HR, Aditya Birla Finance Limited; Beroz Gazdar, Senior VP Sustainability, Mahindra and Mahindra; Anupam Nidhi, Head - Group CSR, Reliance Group; Anil Salvi, MD & Group Head - HR, JM Financial Institutional Securities Limited; Prof. Dr. Chandra Mauli Dwivedi, Director, N L Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research amongst other leading names in the corporate and sustainability world.

About Blue Dart:

Blue Dart Express Ltd., South Asia's premier express air and integrated transportation & distribution company, offers secure and reliable delivery of consignments to over 34,256 locations in India. As part of the DP DHL Group (DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding & DHL Supply Chain), Blue Dart accesses the largest and most comprehensive express and logistics network worldwide, covering over 220 countries and territories and offers an entire spectrum of distribution services including air express, freight forwarding, supply chain solutions and customs clearance.

The Blue Dart team drives market leadership through its motivated people force, dedicated air and ground capacity, cutting-edge technology, wide range of innovative, vertical specific products and value-added services to deliver unmatched standards of service quality to its customers. Blue Dart's market leadership is further validated by numerous awards and recognitions from customers for exhibiting reliability, superior brand experience and sustainability. Some of these include Superbrand and 'Reader's Digest Most Trusted Brand Award', one of 'India's Best Companies to Work For' by The Great Place to Work® Institute five times in a row, 'Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of Education' - Global HR Excellence Awards 2011-2012, BSE Best CSR Practice Award and 22nd CFBP Jamnalal Bajaj Fair Business Practices Award - 2010 in the category of Service Enterprises (Medium) to name a few.

Blue Dart accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection (GoGreen), disaster management (GoHelp) and education (GoTeach).

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Dated : Februray, 2015

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