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November 17, 2014: Deutsche Post DHL has been recognized as the winner of EMC's third annual Blue Sky Supplier Sustainability Award 2014. With the award, the market leader in data storage systems recognizes a supplier which demonstrates efforts in sustainability reporting, and improving social and environmental responsibility.

"We are very proud of this special recognition for our Corporate Responsibility program, not only because it comes from a technology market leader but we are also the first logistics provider to receive this award", says Christof Ehrhart, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility, Deutsche Post DHL. "It is great to see that more and more technology companies realize the tremendous impact that a suppliers' sustainability program can have on their own supply chain."

Sustainability aspects play an increasingly important role for the technology sector when it comes to supplier selection and management. In particular, companies are paying greater attention to the environmental impact of their suppliers' products or operations. Specifically energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies are crucial.
Integrated sustainability

"EMC is committed to not just measuring our suppliers' performance, but truly engaging with them to improve. We are pleased to recognize those who have integrated sustainability into their business. This builds a more resilient supply chain for EMC, and benefits the communities and environments where we and our suppliers operate", says Lisa Brady, Senior Director, Global Product Operations Sustainability at EMC Corporation.

Nominees for the EMC Blue Sky Supplier Sustainability Award are judged on various criteria: impact of the initiative, creativity in overcoming challenges, innovation of approach, long-term viability, and overall commitment to engagement, transparency, and continuous improvement. DHL, a leading supplier with a long-established sustainability program, was recognized as the winner on the basis of these criteria.

DHL has been working in partnership with EMC for more than 15 years and provides aftermarket logistics, warehousing operations, international and domestic transportation services as well as value added services such as customs brokerage. "We are doing business with EMC across almost all of our business units in more than 45 countries and 115 locations. In light of these dimensions, having a holistic and functioning sustainability program in place makes a crucial difference when customers choose a supplier", adds Florence Noblot, Technology Sector Head EMEA, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation.

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