Each month, we publish news briefs about the many ways companies in our field engage in community service. Most of the programs are local, but a few are global in scope. One of those is Delivering Better Lives (DBL), the charitable foundation of UTi Worldwide Inc., a nonasset-based provider of global supply chain services and solutions. DBL focuses on providing facilities that support education, health services, housing, and other community needs in the 59 countries where UTi has its own operations. The foundation supports such projects as schools in Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and Cambodia; orphanages in China, Chile, and Colombia; and a cancer hospice in Peru, among many others.
The annual DBL Global Walkathon is the foundation's major fundraiser. During the last two weeks of May, UTi employees will hold walkathons and similar events to raise money. Past events have included speed skating in the Netherlands and a swim across the Bosporus Strait in Turkey. Funds raised during this year's event will go toward the construction of a shelter for young people in Argentina.
While UTi pays for all administrative activities and provides much of the funding, Delivering Better Lives does accept donations.