Aramex expands collaboration with UNICEF
In line with its long-term commitment to social development and sustainability, Aramex, the global logistics and transportation solutions provider, today announced an expansion of its existing collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), further supporting the organization's logistical requirements in the Gulf.
As part of the new agreement, Aramex will expand the scope of its current express arrangement to include free-of-charge service for all outbound domestic and international consignments of UNICEF's Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Dubai offices. Aramex will also handle delivery of UNICEF's card orders within the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia as well as inbound delivery of cards from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to Dubai.
"Over the years, Aramex has built a strong and successful relationship with UNICEF, one that is founded on a shared commitment to social development and sustainability" said Hussein Hachem, Aramex Chief Executive Officer for the Middle East and Africa. "The extension of our collaboration with UNICEF is in recognition of these common goals, and in our belief that we can accomplish a lot more through sustained and closer engagement."
The new agreement also includes continued partnership on UNICEF's ongoing greeting card program, aimed at raising funds for social development. As part of this partnership, Aramex will fulfill all logistical requirements, including promotion, transportation and distribution of the UNICEF greeting cards program for 2010 across its Gulf network. Additionally, Aramex will provide UNICEF with free outreach to its corporate customer database in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Nearly 60 per cent of UNICEF's regional card sales in 2009 came from Aramex's customer database.
Dr. Ayman Abu Laban, UNICEF Representative in the Gulf said: "The support of a strong partner, such as Aramex, has been crucial to the success of our initiatives in support of the children of the region. The nature of UNICEF's operations means that our requirements are often time-sensitive and necessitate excellent reach to the citizens of the region who are likely to support UNICEF's action to promote children rights.
UNICEF is present in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. As the world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for students, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.