Brambles continues sustainability success in 2020 commitments

Customer collaboration programs produce significant reductions in packaging waste, carbon emissions, and empty kilometers according to the company’s annual Sustainability Review.

Sydney, Australia, September 30, 2019 – Brambles, the global supply-chain solutions company operating in nearly 60 countries, reports on their sustainability success for the 2019 Financial Year in their recently released Sustainability Review. Together with its customers, Brambles’ solutions have helped save:

  • 2 million metric tons of CO2
  • 1.7 million cubic meters of wood
  • 2,595 megaliters of water
  • 1.3 million metric tons of solid waste
  • 1.7 million trees

These savings were achieved simply by replacing single-use or one-way packaging with reusable alternatives that are continuously shared, repaired and reused throughout the supply chain.

Brambles communicated its 2020 sustainability commitments back in 2015 and the issues the program addressed, such as sustainable forestry and eliminating waste from supply chains, are now more important for its stakeholders than ever before. As the company enters the final year of its 2020 goals period, it edges closer to attaining 100% sustainable materials sourcing for wood, achieving 99.7% (up from 99.4 in FY18). In addition, 60% of the electricity powering Brambles’ Service Centers was from certified renewable energy sources, representing a 34 percentage point increase on the fiscal year 2018 and making its already low carbon solutions even more sustainable.

The company is in the process of setting a new sustainability horizon, with the ambition of leveraging its position as the invisible backbone of global supply chains to pursue a positive impact with communities, customers and the planet.

Shaping a sustainable future

As part of Brambles’ Better Collaboration goal, the company recently launched the Zero Waste World program (ZWW), aimed at creating partnerships with manufacturers and retailers to solve big, shared challenges, while saving time, money and natural resources. The program helps make the transition to a circular economy faster and simpler, with initiatives focused on three key areas; eliminating waste, eradicating empty transport miles and cutting out inefficiencies through innovative solutions.

Last year, the Collaborative Transport Solutions offered by Brambles’ company CHEP, in collaboration with their digital arm BXB Digital, helped more than 246 customers achieve savings of 69.6 million kilometers and 84.6 metric tons of CO2.

Among the world’s most sustainable companies

All these achievements were recognized by Barron’s Magazine, published by Dow Jones & Company, which named Brambles the second most sustainable international company in the world. Also, Brambles has maintained its industry-leading position in Morgan Stanley Capital International ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) ratings for the fifth consecutive year, and the second position in the Commercial Services and Supplies category in the 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

Brambles’ Head of Global Sustainability Juan José Freijo said: “We are extremely proud to be recognized as a worldwide sustainability leader. Our circular business model helps eliminate waste and reduce demand for natural resources throughout the supply chain. We will keep striving to make a positive impact for our customers and for the communities we serve.”