Press Release


TNT extends corporate sponsorship with World Press Photo

Publish Date : 30 January 2009 at 11:15 CET - Amsterdam, TNT has extended its corporate sponsor contract with World Press Photo for another three year period. This was announced in Davos yesterday where Tim Hetherington, the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2008, gave a key note speech during the annual dinner in honour of the World Food Programme in front of sixty world and business leaders of which among others former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and Prime Minister Odinga of Kenya. In his speech Mr Hetherington stressed the important role photojournalism has increating global awareness for situations in the world such as famine and global warming.

TNT and World Press Photo logo

TNT has been a global corporate sponsor of World Press Photo since January 2003. As an international company with over 161,000 staff worldwide, TNT demonstrates its interest in the globe's major challenges and its efforts to help fight against world hunger, poverty, and global warming.

Peter Bakker, CEO of TNT, says: “TNT is a people's business and it cares about what goes on in the world. Sponsorship of World Press Photo is part of the company's social responsibility. TNT wants to make a difference, and making a difference begins with awareness. That is one of the main virtues of photo journalism.”

Pieter Broertjes, chairman of World Press Photo, says: “We depend on support from the private sector as a non-profit organization. TNT chooses - by extending one of the main sponsor contracts of World Press Photo - not only to support the work of professional press photographers, but also to expand their commitment to social responsibility by highlighting the importance of the principle of freedom of the press. World Press Photo is proud to have TNT as a partner.”

About World Press Photo
World Press Photo encourages high professional standards in photojournalism and supports and promotes internationally the work of professional press photographers. Promotional activities include an annual contest, exhibitions and the stimulation of photojournalism through educational programs. World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT.

About TNT
TNT provides businesses and consumers worldwide with an extensive range of services for their mail and express delivery needs. 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 and employs more than 161,500 people. Over 2007, TNT reported € 11 billion in revenues and an operating income of € 1,192 million. TNT is officially quoted on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. 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. Our efforts are being recognised; in 2008 TNT again reached the highest score of all companies included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and in the Carbon Disclosure Project in the carbon intensive sector.

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