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TNT sponsors National Chamber of Exporters AGM

7 Dec

TNT, one of the world’s largest Air Express Delivery companies and the market leader in Europe sponsored the recent Annual General Meeting of the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka which was held recently at the Taj Samudra hotel. The National Chamber of Exporters consists of a large number of companies from numerous industries and services related to exports in the country.

TNT provides businesses and consumers worldwide with an extensive range of services for their express delivery needs, be it export or import. Headquartered in the Netherlands, TNT offers efficient network infrastructures in Europe and Asia and is expanding operations worldwide to maximise its network performance. TNT serves more than 200 countries, employs over 150,000 people and operates over 40 aircraft and 26,000 ground vehicles

TNT recognises its social responsibility and has formed partnerships with the United Nations World Food Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme to fight hunger and pollution in the world. TNT also provided vital logistical support worldwide during the disastrous tsunami of 2004.

In Sri Lanka, TNT is represented by Ace International Express, a member of the Aitken Spence group of companies, and has been so for the past 3 decades. TNT has 14 branches islandwide including one in Jaffna, the first Express Delivery company to do so.

Media Release – 07 December 2010


TNT appointed Official Courier for 3rd Asian Junior Squash Championships

10 Jul

TNT, one of the world’s Largest Air Express Companies and the market leader in Europe was appointed Official Courier for the 3rd Asian Junior Individual Squash Championships and the 1st Asian Masters Squash Championships, which commenced on the 6th of July 2010 in Sri Lanka. This is a landmark event for the Sri Lanka Squash Federation, as the tournament comprises of over 170 players from more than 11 countries from the Asian continent.

This is not the first time TNT is involved in a major sporting event. In 2006, they were the Official Courier to the National Squash team which participated in the South Asian Games which faced teams from India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

In addition, TNT was the Official Courier for the multi-nation Rugby Asiad held in Colombo in 2007. This was a great opportunity for TNT to showcase their expertise as they were contracted by the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union to carry biological samples to Malaysia for dope-testing.

TNT’s desire to be part of national and international sports events stems from the belief that sports instills characteristics in people which TNT feels mirrors their own values – teamwork, agility, determination and the ability to meet any challenge and triumph. TNT is represented in Sri Lanka by Ace International Express (Pvt) Ltd, a member of Aitken Spence group of companies.

Auxiliary facts about TNT

  • TNT commenced operations in Sri Lanka in 1980.
  • Globally, TNT began in 1946 when it was founded by Ken Thomas in Australia. TNT stands for “Thomas Nationwide Transport”
  • TNT has a global network of 2,409 hubs, depots and express centres spanning 200 countries across the world.
  • TNT has a global fleet of 48 aircrafts, 30,061 ground vehicles and 159,663 employees’ worldwide.
  • TNT currently tops the Dow Jones Sustainability Index with an overall score of 92%
  • TNT has a global partnership with the UN World Food Programme which aims to end world hunger and malnutrition. The name of this partnership is “Moving the World”.
  • In the aftermath of the Tsunami in 2004, TNT provided valuable assistance in the disaster relief efforts to the extent of bringing down a TNT 747 with aid for distribution.

Media Release-10 July 2010

TNT’s support in ‘Ending child hunger’

7 Jun

TNT, the renowned Air Express Delivery  company once again joined hands with the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) to provide local assistance to the UNWFP‘s global fund raising initiative ‘Walk the World’.

This year’s awareness building theme was the ‘hunger train’ which was unique in comparison to other awareness building strategies adopted across the globe by UNWFP. TNT’s assistance in organizing the train for UNWFP reaffirms TNT local commitment to WFP efforts to ending child hunger in Sri Lanka.

‘Walk the World’ is a global initiative to raise funds for UNWFP’s school feeding program which was initiated by TNT employees’ way back in 2004. By providing a midday meal to students, TNT and the UNWFP hopes to increase attendance in schools as well as improve learning through the old adage “a healthy body equals a healthy mind”. UNWFP and TNT believe that these efforts lay the foundation for a healthy workforce that would build a bright future.

In the year 2002, TNT CEO Peter Bakker and former United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) Executive Director James Morris entered a ground breaking partnership to support UNWFP to end global hunger. The partnership resulted in TNT becoming the biggest corporate partner of UNWFP. Being a specialist in logistics and transportation, TNT was in a position to provide it’s expertise to UNWFP to make a life saving difference by ‘getting aid to the right person at the right time’.

At present, UNWFP provides midday meals to students considered as under nourished in several areas of the island. UNWFP’s challenge is to find local donors for this worthwhile project that ensures sustainability through consistent involvement of local donor partners.
Speaking on the occasion, TNT Country Manager Mr. Jerome Brohier stated that TNT initiated ‘Walk the World in 2003 & this is the eighth consecutive year TNT employees are engaged in building awareness on the UNWFP’s main objective to end global hunger under the theme ”End Hunger, Walk the world”. The walks also helped to create awareness on the WFP’s School feeding initiative. TNT employees & their friends in Sri Lanka raised Rs. 913,000 for local school feeding through these walks in the past.

As a response to the Tsunami in 2004 which devastated parts of the island, TNT provided 35 trucks to distribute Aid across the country in addition to an Airbus A300 full of Aid relief flown in directly from Europe. It has been a wonderful experience to be partners with an organization whose sole aim is to eradicate global hunger.

Media Release – 07 June 2010

End Hunger: Walk the World

7 Jun

In a joint effort of the World Food Programme (WFP) and its corporate partners, led by TNT, Unilever and DSM, “End Hunger: Walk the World” campaign was successfully carried out in Colombo on the 6th of June 2010. TNT sponsored the “Hunger Train” which took participants from Colombo to the location in Negombo, where the ceremonies were planned, and back.

Ninety six staff members from TNT took part in this walk along with employees of other partner companies, WFP Goodwill Ambassadors, staff, and beneficiaries as well as government representatives and NGO partners to show their solidarity in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Hon. Basil Rajapakse, Senior Advisor to his Excellency the President and Member of the Parliament, and Hon. Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Education graced this occasion.

Walk the World campaign is an annual event to raise funds and awareness for WFP’s efforts to fight child hunger and malnutrition. In the previous year 360,000 people from 210 locations around the world participated at this event to raise funds for the provision of school meals to 20,000 children in the world’s poorest countries for one year.

Sustainability – 07 June 2010

Sure We Can

27 Apr

An interview with Jerome Brohier, Director, Aitken Spence

TNT is one of the top three express companies worldwide and has been represented by Aitken Spence in Sri Lanka, for over 26 years. Recently, TNT and Ace Xpress have conjunctively opened an office in Vavuniya, which will help serve their growing number of clientele in this region. However, when Jerome Brohier starts talking about TNT, one soon realises that there is so much more to TNT’s activities than just courier services.

Mr. Jerome Brohier, Country Manager of TNT/Director AIX (On right) accepting the first package from Mr.Mads Vejlstrup (On Left) of UNWFP at the newly opened Express Center in Vavuniya.

On a worldwide scale, TNT has been involved in social responsibility activities for many years, and although, every TNT country office is required to donate a small sum to the CSR fund, it was the 2004 tsunami that first brought Sri Lanka to the attention of TNT’s corporate “help” radar. During the first eight months following the tsunami, TNT volunteered to assist the UN World Food Programme, not only did the company volunteer logistical services, but funds were donated as well. Over 24 million rupees worth of assistance was given, with financial aid being completely donated by TNT offices worldwide.

TNT’s CSR project was proving to be truly sustainable, not only for the lives and livelihoods affected by circumstances but also for the company’s future business. For, it was not long before the WFP had established that the integrity and efficiency of TNT and Aitken Spence Cargo would make them an ideal commercial partner and made a request for the handling of transport and distribution. In an emergency situation, TNT assists WFP through a range of activities varying from vehicles to manpower.

During the fiercest fighting in the North, TNT vehicles carrying food and other necessities were allowed into the war zone bearing WFP flags on the side of the trucks and with personnel wearing both TNT and WFP arm bands.

Aitken Spence Cargo now provides supply chain solutions to three key NGO’s operating in the North and East and particularly in the Manik Farm IDP camp. Solutions range from providing warehouse personnel who help manage the WFP warehouse, to supplying transport and logistical vehicles.

Jerome says that the fact that they work not just with the UN WFP, but also with many other NGO’s is a testament to the work ethics of the company; in an industry where “incentives” are a norm, Aitken Spence Cargo combines hard work with creativity in order to ensure that all services are supplied in compliance with the international and local laws and ethics.

Ace Magazine – 2010