TNT Express' vast knowledge of distribution and supply chain management puts us in a unique position to help WFP feed the hungry. By sharing knowledge and skills, we help WFP to optimise its operations and save costs. Simply put, we help WFP do more. For us, this is something to be proud of, because every advance in efficiency saves peoples' lives.
But Moving the World does not end there. We also give support in emergency situations, responding within 48 hours to provide specialist people, aircraft, warehousing, and more. This way WFP can respond more quickly and effectively to humanitarian crises. Since the start of the partnership in 2002, TNT has responded to 45 emergencies, in 2010 alone to Haiti twice, and Pakistan.
And we are pushing to keep hunger on the global agenda, by raising awareness and funds among Express employees as well as the general public. This is witnessed most prominently during the annual Walk the World events, at which over 34,000 TNT employees took part on 29 May 2011. Finally, we are building partnerships that will support WFP's objectives in the long term, for instance with Fleet Forum in the area of road safety and with North Star Alliance for the well-being of truck drivers.
Since 2002, TNT has invested €51 million in its partnership with WFP. Of course TNT benefits in terms of goodwill and publicity, not to mention the experience gained through working with WFP. However, our greatest reward is the satisfaction we get from seeing that our combined efforts are making a difference to the lives of hungry people.