CHEP Australia Releases 2017 Sustainability Report Card showing environmental benefits for the supply chain

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Sydney – 19 December 2017 – CHEP Australia has published its Sustainability Report Card for the 2017 financial year (FY17), which highlights its investment in the community and reveals the sustainable outcomes it has achieved by partnering with its customers to reduce costs and deliver environmental benefits as they participate in CHEP’s circular share and reuse model for the handling and transporting of products within the supply chain.

This report card includes updates on CHEP Australia’s performance against its parent company, Brambles’ 2020 Sustainability Goals which are based on the Company’s Better Business, Better Communities, Better Planet sustainability framework, aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The reported results reveal that CHEP has been able to work with its customers and the community to eliminate waste, increase efficiencies and lower costs in the supply chain through sharing and reusing platforms; including pallets and reusable plastic containers (RPCs).

For the third consecutive year, 100% of CHEP Australia’s timber came from certified sustainable sources and carried full chain of custody certification. These efforts contributed to Brambles’ being one of six global companies to achieve an ‘A’ ranking in the 2017 CDP Forests survey. CHEP also achieved zero product waste (wood and plastic) across all of its Australian Service Centres while helping remove over 850,000 tonnes of single use packaging waste in their customers’ supply chains, which would otherwise go to landfill.

“As you can see from the report card released, it has been a fantastic year for CHEP Australia,” said Lachlan Feggans, Senior Manager, Sustainability at CHEP Australia and for the Brambles Group. “We have made significant contributions to the global sustainability efforts of the Brambles Group and also those of our customers. In 2017, Brambles was recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index as the leading company in its global Commercial Services and Supplies category.

“Our sustainable business model, our partnerships with the community and customers throughout the supply chain, and the passion and engagement of our people have been instrumental in the achievement of these results.”

As part of CHEP Australia’s efforts, they support FoodBank Australia with in-kind equipment donations, helping them to cost effectively redistribute over 30,800 tonnes of rescued food, which provided over 56 million meals for those in need in Australia. In-kind donations were valued at over $1.5 million in 2017 and CHEP employees also volunteered their time, predominantly through supporting Not For Profit organisations such Foodbank, Oz Harvest, SecondBite, The Smith Family and Enactus.

“We look forward to deepening our existing partnerships and forging new ones as we facilitate supply chain connections between customers, consumers and the community,” Feggans added.

As part of the Brambles Group, CHEP’s expansion into major global supply chains over the last 70 years has had global impacts. The sustainable business model has helped customers and the community to eliminate waste, increase efficiencies and lower costs in the supply chains in which they operate.

In 2017, the global impact of Brambles’ circular share and reuse business model helped save:

  • 1.6 million trees;
  • 4,600+ mega litres of water;
  • 2.5 million tonnes of CO2; and
  • Eliminate 1.4 million tonnes of single use packaging waste.

In addition, Brambles’ sustainability program has collectively contributed to:

  • Reducing 54,000 tonnes of CO2 and 64.7 million kilometers through transport collaboration with customers;
  • Saved over 4,329 tonnes of food waste through using RPCs;
  • Helped food rescue organizations redistribute 163,200 tonnes of food through in-kind donations; and
  • Eliminate 1.6 million cubic meters of wood consumption through repairing and reusing pallets.

The release of the sustainability report card aligns with the next release of CHEP’s  Corporate Social Responsibility solutions in Environmental Impact AnalysisFood Waste Reduction andCollaborative Safety.

These offerings form part of a broader suite of customer solutions geared towards identifying all areas of environmental improvements to customers’ business, including a new life cycle assessment calculator that focuses on the entire life cycle of a platform, from raw material acquisition to end of life recycling.

The new tool uses life cycle systems analysis to identify and prioritize continuous improvement initiatives across the value chain – quantifying resources use, energy consumption and environmental impacts using a standardized life cycle methodology.

To learn more about Brambles’ sustainability vision, 2020 goals and 2017 Sustainability Review, which incorporate the results achieved by CHEP Australia, visit: http://www.brambles.com/sustainability-review