Whenever we talk about sustainability and identify fields of action, we become acutely aware of our responsibility toward the environment – because after all, logistics consumes energy and produces emissions. For all our efforts, that is not going to change in the short term. All the more reason for us to play our part in limiting global warming in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. Our MISSION CLIMATE charts the course – we aim to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in absolute terms and where we cannot avoid emissions entirely, we offset them by investing in certified climate protection projects. This will enable us to become climate neutral by 2030.
This report focuses on the topics of climate protection and energy management. In addition, we take a holistic view of the effects of our business activities on the environment and continuously review and improve our processes with regard to their impact on air, water and soil. A number of our locations are certified according to ISO 14001 for their environmental management. With a view to a circular economy, resource conservation and waste management are steadily growing in importance. We take responsibility for the environmentally compatible use of resources and aim to reduce our waste volume by avoiding, reducing, recycling and reusing waste. In the future, we not only want to record these aspects more centrally, but also integrate our strategies and progress transparently into our reporting. We are also increasingly taking the issue of biodiversity into account, particularly in the planning and development of new sites.
Because environmental sustainability not only concerns our own actions, making sure our standards are applied along the entire supply chain is particularly important to us. We formulate our expectations of our suppliers in our General Terms of Contract and Purchase and in the future also in our own Supplier Code of Conduct.