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Brambles showing sustainable success through CHEP and IFCO

Brambles, the global supply-chain logistics company operating in more than 60 countries, primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands, has published its Sustainability Review for the 2017 Financial Year. The review includes updates on CHEP and IFCO’s sustainability program and its progress toward its 2020 sustainability goals. These goals are based on the company’s Better Business, Better Planet, Better Communities, sustainability program and are closely aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Examples of Brambles’ achievements reported in the 2017 Sustainability Review include the following:

Better Business
Brambles operates a circular business model, specializing in the sharing and reuse of unit load equipment including more than 590 million pallets, crates and containers. In FY17 customers’ use of CHEP and IFCO platforms saved 1.6 million trees, 2.5 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions and 1.4 million metric tonnes of solid waste. Brambles also initiated transport collaboration projects with over 200 customers to remove more than 40 million empty truck miles from the world’s supply chains.

These achievements have been recognized through multiple industry awards, including a Gold Award from EcoVadis, which specializes in supplier sustainability analysis. Brambles has also been ranked top of its industry category on the World Dow Jones Sustainability Index and received AAA ratings from the Morgan Stanley Capital International and Sustainalytics indices.

To create a Better Workplace, Brambles is committed to achieving its goal of Zero Harm. The company made another large step toward that goal with both the CHEP and IFCO business units improving their safety performance in FY17. The financial year also saw a 78 percent increase in learning hours, with employees completing 1.73 days’ worth of training each on average.

Better Planet
In FY17 99.1 percent of the timber used by CHEP came from certified sources. Brambles also eliminated plastic waste and raw material costs by recycling 22,600 tonnes of end-of-life plastic materials into new CHEP plastic pallets and IFCO reusable plastic crates. Brambles operations also achieved a 7.8 percent reduction in carbon emissions per unit, and 14.3 percent of the electricity it consumed came from renewable sources.

Better Communities
Brambles supports food rescue organizations, educational opportunity and environmental restoration projects by providing volunteers, corporate sponsorship and in-kind donations. All permanent Brambles, IFCO and CHEP employees have access to three days of paid volunteer leave every year. In total, Brambles’ FY17 community investments were worth over $4.38 million, a 44 percent increase from FY16.

“This has been another fantastic year for sustainability at Brambles in which we have continued our excellent progress towards our 2020 goals," said Brambles’ Head of Global Sustainability Juan Jose Freijo. "These achievements are only possible thanks to the end-to-end collaboration between our employees and our customers worldwide.

“Our commitment to sustainability is at the very heart of everything we do," Freijo said. "Through the successful combination of our circular, ‘share and reuse’ business model, global scale and supply chain expertise, we are able to reduce operating costs and demand for natural resources, both in our own company and across the world’s supply chains.”