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The Ocean Clean Up

  • By Linda Sanders · Netherlands, Europe


The Ocean Clean Up

Main aim of the charity

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization, developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. By utilizing the ocean currents to our advantage, the passive drifting systems are estimated to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years’ time. Plastic pollution in the world's oceans is one of the biggest environmental issues of our time, impacting more than 600 marine species. It does not only impact sea life, it also carries toxic pollutants into the food chain – a food chain including us humans.

How the employee got involved and why

After all the negative news globally, we desperately searched the internet for “positive news” and found this Ocean Clean Up Foundation. The founder is a great inspiration, since he was only 16 years old, when he decided he wanted to tackle a global issue that no one takes responsibility for, but impacts humans, nature and sea life globally.

What work does the employee do for charity?

Setting up a process to make automatic salary donations and free donations easy for employees globally. The pilot was successfully completed in our own building by launching the project and raising awareness of the global plastic pollution threat.

What impact would winning have on the charity?

More awareness for plastic pollution and hopefully more willing employees to support and donate. We hope that if we find global input we will speed up the collection of the 5 million euro we need to finance 1 cleanup system.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

It would be a great motivation to continue our project and a confirmation that DHL is not looking away like so many other companies, but is willing to take responsibility. That would really make us proud. We want to show all our colleagues that if we all contribute a little, we can achieve a lot and really make a difference.

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