Press Release

TNT's CEO Peter Bakker: 'World hunger is an unacceptable tragedy!'

Publish Date : 30 May 2008 at 12:45 CET - Amsterdam, 'Every five seconds a child dies of hunger, this is an unacceptable tragedy. While there is enough food to feed these children. That's something we can't miss.' Two days before the global Walk the World event, Peter Bakker, CEO of TNT, stresses the urgency of the worldwide food crisis that is now raging over the world like a silent tsunami.

Yesterday, Thursday 29 May, a video news release we broadcast through the Reuters WNS system in which Peter Bakker, CEO of TNT, stresses the importance of society taking its responsibility concerning the ‘silent' problem of world hunger. He refers to the underlying ongoing slumbering, almost invisible problem propelled by a number of macro-economic factors costing as many lives as the tsunami that hit South-East Asia in 2004 every month, often referred to as ‘the silent tsunami'.

“It's a scandal for society that we tolerate this situation”, Peter Bakker points out, as he calls upon the world for taking responsibility to help solving the food problem. TNT, as a global business, strives to improve its social impact on communities around the world. TNT aspires to use its competencies, means and infrastructure to support the most vulnerable of our global populations.

To meet these aspirations TNT contracted a partnership with the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP), five years ago. TNT and the World Food Programme worked together on numerous projects concerning knowledge and competence transfer, offering on site logistic support and participating in many fundraising events. One of them is Walk the World: the worldwide, yearly walking event that takes place again this weekend, Sunday the 1st of June.

End Hunger: Walk the World will take place in 24 time zones within 24 hours. The event aims to increase public awareness and understanding of the problem of hunger, and to raise money for the World Food Programme's school feeding programme. End Hunger: Walk the World is a global advocacy and fundraising event organized by the World Food Programme together with its largest corporate partners TNT and Unilever.

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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 maximize 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 publicly listed on the stock exchange of Amsterdam. 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.

Page publication date: 30 May 2008 at 12:45 CET