Global supply-chain logistics specialist Brambles has published its Sustainability Review for the 2016 financial year, detailing updates on its 2020 Sustainability Goals, which are closely aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The company operates a circular business model, specialising in the sharing and reuse of unit load equipment, including more than 550 million pallets, crates and containers. In FY16, the application of this business model is reported to have saved 1.4 million trees, 2.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and 1.3 million tonnes of solid waste.
Brambles also collaborated with 177 customers to remove 35 million empty kilometres from their combined transport distances.
In a pioneering example of up-cycling, Brambles produced a reusable plastic half pallet made from 100% mixed consumer plastic waste. Brambles also eliminated plastic waste and raw material costs by recycling 27,018kg of damaged plastic products into new Brambles plastic pallets and crates.
The company helped tackle climate change by cutting its carbon emissions per unit by 6.5% and by ensuring that 15% of the company’s electricity consumed came from renewable sources.
All permanent Brambles, IFCO, CHEP Pallets and CHEP Containers employees have access to three days of paid volunteer leave every year. In FY16, employees volunteered more than 17,200 hours, which was a 37% increase on FY15. The volunteering was spread across more than 300 different community organisations including Food Banks and Enactus, a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to shape a more sustainable world.
According to Juan José Freijo, Global Head of Sustainability at Brambles: “Our business model is inherently based on the principles of the circular economy, which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times.”
“This has been a fantastic year for Brambles. We have had positive progress towards all our 2020 goals and have established a solid foundation for our sustainability actions over the next five years. Our sustainable business model, our partnership with key players throughout the supply chain and the passion and engagement of our employees have been hallmarks of the achievement of these results. We are dedicated to working with our partners and customers, to promote circular business practices and their benefits for the future.”