Deutsche Post DHL and Gemalto Launch World’s First Bio-Sourced Payment Cards in Germany
Card body made from renewable material helps reduce environmental impact
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 8, 2010–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced that Deutsche Post DHL is rolling out its innovative bio-sourced payment cards. Starting June 1, 2010, Deutsche Post DHL is offering its enterprise customers POSTCARD GOGREEN, which can be used to pay for the mailing of letters and packages and for express deliveries. POSTCARD GOGREEN has the same physical format and characteristics as common payment cards. Each card is associated with the customer through a unique numeric code, with 100,000 POSTCARDS GOGREEN being deployed in this initial roll-out.
Gemalto’s bio-sourced payment card is made from a renewable material derived from corn, sugarcane and potato starch. This material is easily recyclable and compostable through small scale industrial units and reduces the global ecological footprint of the production process.
“Deutsche Post DHL constantly wants to provide its customers with the most complete offering possible and Gemalto enabled us to bring in an additional product, POSTCARD GOGREEN,” commented Peter Grau, Head of Product Management Business Communication at Deutsche Post DHL. “The Gemalto innovation came about just as we were considering offering our customers an eco-friendly POSTCARD.”
GOGREEN is the climate protection program of Deutsche Post DHL. GOGREEN’s goal is to reduce the CO2 emissions Deutsche Post DHL generates for every letter and parcel sent, and across all of its operations including subcontracted transportation services. The POSTCARD GOGREEN complements the expanded portfolio of climate-friendly products and services that Deutsche Post DHL launched in 2008.
“Deutsche Post DHL is strongly committed to sustainable development and Gemalto is proud to support this strategy which is perfectly in line with our dedication to reduce the environmental impact,” added Philippe Cambriel, Executive Vice President, Gemalto. “This new contract is a further milestone in the long-standing business relationship Gemalto has established with Deutsche Post DHL. Our company has been Deutsche Post DHL’s sole supplier of cards and personalization services for the last ten years, and we highly value this new mark of trust.”
Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2009 annual revenues of €1.65 billion, and over 10 thousand employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centers in 41 countries.
Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work–anytime, anywhere–has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.
Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. To complete the solution we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.
As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.
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