Valid Express celebrates 15 years of proving the power of employees with a disability

9 October 2014 – Valid Express courier service is celebrating its 15th anniversary this week. To mark the moment, managing director Sanne Beekhuis-Van Huijstee sounded the gong to open the Amsterdam stock exchange today. The growth Valid Express has shown over the years proves that employees with a disability are extremely valuable to a company. Tomorrow, Valid Express will be donating 15% of its total daily revenues to the Liliane Fonds, a foundation that helps children and youth with a disability in developing countries, offering opportunities for education and employment.

Long before sustainable employability became a hot topic on the political agenda, Valid Express was founded in 1999 as a courier service that exclusively employed couriers with a physical disability. The company rapidly grew from 1 employee to 20, became part of the PostNL family, and now employs 80 permanent staff members at 17 locations. Many of them initially worked in other PostNL divisions, but needed or wanted to exchange their physically demanding jobs for somewhat less intense employment. “Our colleagues may have a physical disability, but their minds are as sharp as ever and they are proud and responsible in their job,” says Sanne Beekhuis-Van Huijstee, managing director of Valid Express. “The Valid Express ambition is to employ at least 120 drivers with uncooperative bodies or a chronic illness by 2020.” 

The Valid Express couriers help clients who have an important consignment that has to be delivered quickly and with a 100% guarantee. The shipment is not part of the overall flow of parcels; instead, it is tracked individually. Valid Express also handles urgent courier jobs, like ‘Room Shopping’ services for hotels near the 9 Straatjes district in Amsterdam, and regular courier runs with confidential documents.

2014-10-09 Valid Express