WFP Sudan recognized for Fleet Innovation and Excellence in 2nd Annual Fleet Forum Best Transport Award
Continuing the practice established at the Fleet Forum Annual Conference in 2012, the Fleet Forum Best Transport Award has been presented to an organisation that exemplifies excellence and innovation in Humanitarian Fleet Operation and Management. The annual award is sponsored by UPS.
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Riders for Health
You can also see additional remarks from WFP on their blog here.
Amid a very strong field of finalists, the 2013 Fleet Forum Best Transport Award has been awarded to the World Food Programme Sudan for their successful implementation of a comprehensive fleet reorganisation during 2012. Working in some of the most difficult circumstances facing humanitarian fleet operations anywhere on the planet, the WFP Sudan Logistics and Fleet Section team optimised the operation of some 60 trucks throughout Sudan, serving more beneficiaries than they had previously and at the same time saving more than one million dollars.
Recognised as strong competitors for the award, and honoured as runners-up in the award ceremony, were two additional exemplary programs. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was recognized for an innovative and capacity-building vocational training program for Lebanese Technical College Students in South Lebanon, providing students with hands-on experience, training, and safety training. Riders for Health (the 2012 Award Winner) was honored for the expansion of their professional motorcycle courier program serving over 400 regional health centres and some 40 health laboratories, linking more than four million people to essential health infrastructure.
Speaking at the award ceremony at the closing session of the 2013 Fleet Forum Conference, Bob Gerlach, Human Resources Manager for UPS, enthusiastically commended each of the three finalists, and emphasized the outstanding caliber of the finalists. “The jury looked at some specific criteria in making this award: effectiveness, innovative ideas, the ability to replicate the concept in other circumstances and organisations, collaboration with internal stakeholders, and success in overcoming technical challenges,” Gerlach said. “And I can tell you that it was a very close call. It was not easy this year. All three projects are exemplary for any other organisation.” Nenad Grkovic, Head of Fleet of WFP Sudan and responsible for the winning project, could then receive the Award.
The award was presented at the culmination of the 11th Annual Fleet Forum Conference, co-hosted by the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, UAE. The theme of the conference—“Gather • Share • Change”—was modeled in the award finalists and the projects that were given recognition. “Bringing excellent projects like these to the attention of the humanitarian fleet community is one of the things that Fleet Forum does best,” said Paul Jansen, Fleet Forum Executive Director. “In the Annual Conference we gather together, meet, and network. We share ideas and information, challenges and solutions. And we change—all of us, in different ways, as we recognise what we need to do in order to meet the different situations of our changing world.”
The annual Fleet Forum Conference brings together the expertise of personnel from international non-government organisations (NGOs) that work in the humanitarian aid and development sector, international companies that supply products and services for transport and logistics, donor organisations, academic institutions with global recognition in transport and logistics, and intergovernmental organisations such as the agencies of the United Nations, including the World Food Programme (WFP), and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Founded in 2003, Fleet Forum is focused on transport effectiveness. Fleet Forum is a non-profit entity that provides a collaborative platform for sharing ideas and the recognition of excellence and leadership in effective fleet management. By focusing on the development of effective practices in the areas of road safety, environmental impact, and cost efficiency, Fleet Forum is committed to helping organisations meet their organisational and corporate goals.
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