This year is the second year in which we are reporting according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards. We continue to be pioneers in the transition to these Standards, which we hope will enable us to continue enhancing our sustainability efforts in a more effective, stakeholder-focused and comprehensive manner. In sharing this, our 8th integrated report and 12th sustainability report, we aim to facilitate a continuous conversation with our stakeholders.
Since our founding in 1982 we have grown to become a world leader in comprehensive transport and delivery solutions for business and consumers. Headquartered in Dubai, at the heart of the world’s most dynamic commercial hub and on the site of historic trade routes linking east and west, commerce and transport are deeply embedded in Aramex’s DNA. We are dedicated to transforming the face of trade, expanding our operations rapidly to better connect businesses and consumers worldwide.
Our global footprint is extensive and expanding rapidly. We now have business operations in over 567 major cities and 69 countries worldwide and our core operations employ over 18,000 transportation professionals. We also have alliances with over 40 leading international express and logistics providers, expanding our global network to more than 12,000 offices and 66,000 employees serving over 240 countries.
We take an asset-light approach to our business, which gives us a distinct competitive edge and the flexibility to quickly respond to the needs of consumers and our business partners. We view ourselves as a technology-focused enterprise, dedicated to continually developing and deploying the latest, most relevant technology and services. By staying asset-light and unearthing innovative technologies we are effectively developing the logistics and transportation industry through positive disruption.