SYDNEY: November 25, 2016. Brambles, the global supply-chain logistics company, has published its 2016 Sustainability report based on three corporate goals: Better business, better communities, and better planet.
To improve the supply chains in which it operates, the company has adopted a circular business model, specializing in the sharing and reuse of unit load equipment including more than 550 million pallets, crates and containers.
During its last fiscal year Brambles said this model has saved 1.4 million trees, 2.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions and 1.3 million tonnes of solid waste.
Juan José Freijo, Brambles global head of Sustainability explained: "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 also included working with 177 customers during the year to remove 35 million "empty kilometers" from their combined transport operations.
To reduce its environmental impact, Brambles bought 97.3 percent of its timber from certified sources and produced a reusable plastic half-pallet made from 100 percent mixed consumer plastic waste. It also eliminated waste and raw material costs by recycling over 27,000 kgs of damaged plastic products into new pallets and crates.
Additionally, the company helped tackle climate change by cutting its carbon emissions per unit by 6.5 percent and by ensuring that 15 percent of its electricity consumption came from renewable sources.
Brambles employees, who have three days of paid volunteering a year, contributed 17,200 hours to their communities, a 37 percent increase over the previous fiscal period. Their efforts were spread across more than 300 different community organizations 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.