Brambles commits to 2020 Sustainability Goals

Brambles, the global supply chain logistics company operating primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands, is delighted to announce its Sustainability Goals for 2020, reflecting the Group’s commitment to its Better Business, Better Communities, Better Planet sustainability framework.

Brambles is built on principles that are inherently sustainable, providing efficient, safe and sustainable solutions for customers’ supply chains, while minimising environmental impact and contributing positively to the community at large. The Group offers pallets, crates and containers for shared use by multiple supply-chain participants in a “circular economy” model utilising the principles of recover, reuse, reduce and recycle.

The Company’s 2020 Sustainability Goals focus on the most material aspects of the Group’s operations and are closely aligned both with the aspirations of its customers and with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Brambles circular business model, known as pooling, benefits customers by enabling them to transport their goods through the supply chain while eliminating the financial and environmental costs and risks of purchasing and disposing of one-way transportation platforms such as pallets or cardboard boxes.

Brambles’ 2020 Sustainability Goal are as follows:

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The setting of Brambles’ 2020 Sustainability Goals follows the achievement of the following under the Group’s 2015 Sustainability Goals, which were set in 2010:

– A 20% reduction in carbon emissions

– 97% of wood purchased from certified sources

– 75% zero wood waste to landfill at sites comprising 92% of production volumes

– Collaboration with more than 100 food banks, contributing to in-kind donations of US$1.45 million in FY15

– 15% improvement in the Brambles Injury Frequency Rate

– 25% increase in participation in education, training and development days

– In FY15, customers use of Brambles’ pallets and reusable plastic crates eliminated 460,000 tonnes of waste from landfill and saved 1.38 million trees.

A full version of Brambles’ 2015 Sustainability Review and Sustainability Report Card are available on the Brambles website.

Brambles has consistently been recognized as one of the most sustainable companies in the world and is listed on both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. It has won numerous awards for its sustainability initiatives including the EcoVadis Gold recognition level in Europe and Canada. It has also been recognised as a sector leader for fighting deforestation by Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

Brambles Chief Executive Officer, Tom Gorman, said: “Brambles has made significant progress in delivering continual improvement through our sustainability objectives over the past five years. Our 2020 Sustainability Goals set a new challenge for us – one that we are excited and committed to undertaking. Our commitment to sustainability fits intrinsically with our model, our markets and our customers’ needs and I am delighted to see our goals also align so directly with the Sustainability Goals established by the UN.”