The LET is comprised of three of the largest global logistics and transportation companies: Agility, UPS and Maersk, which work together to support the Global Logistics Cluster led by United Nations World Food Program. The partnership was facilitated by the World Economic Forum in 2005.
The companies join forces to pro bono support the humanitarian sector during emergency response to large-scale natural disasters and deploy worldwide upon request from the Global Logistics Cluster. The LET unites the capacity and resources of the logistics industry with the expertise and experience of the humanitarian community to provide more effective and efficient disaster relief. A key reason for cooperating through the LET is to provide demand-driven, efficient response. The LET is the first partnership of its kind, formalising a multi-stakeholder cooperation between the private and public sector. It remains one of the best WEF-initiated and operationalized public-private partnerships.
The LET welcomes new members who are committed to the LET mission to work in collaboration with the Global Logistics Cluster to enhance global preparedness, response and recovery, through the deployment of personnel, resources and technical expertise.
Operationally, the LETs are small teams of representatives from participant companies composed of logistics experts. The teams are deployed in support of the Global Logistics Cluster during times of natural disaster where UN security phase is at level three or below:
LET Deployments and LCAs
Logistics Emergency Teams (LETs) have a solid track record of deployments, based on agreed mechanisms and strong relationships with the Global Logistics Cluster. LETs have also carried out Logistics Preparedness Assessments (LCAs) in several high-risk areas around the world on behalf of the cluster. Around 100 trained volunteers are currently on standby.