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Brambles builds upon sustainability success during final year of 2020 commitments


Brambles, the global supply-chain solutions company operating in nearly 60 countries, has reported on its sustainability success for the 2019 Financial Year as part of its recently released Sustainability Review. 

Together, with its customers, Brambles’ solutions have helped to save:

  • 2 million tonnes of CO2
  • 1.7 million cubic metres wood
  • 2,595 megalitres of water
  • 1.3 million metric tonnes 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. The Sustainability Review also highlighted how customer collaboration programmes have helped the company to make significant reductions in packaging waste, carbon emissions, and empty kilometres

Brambles communicated its 2020 sustainability commitments back in 2015 and the issues the programme 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 Centres was from certified renewable energy sources, representing a 34% increase on 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 communitiescustomers and the planet

Shaping a sustainable future

As part of Brambles’ Better Collaboration goal, the company recently launched the Zero Waste World programme (ZWW), aimed at creating partnerships with manufacturers and retailers to solve big, shared challenges, while saving time, money and natural resources. The programme helps make the transition to a circular economy faster and simpler, with initiatives focussed 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 its digital arm BXB Digital, helped more than 246 customers achieve savings of 69.6 million kilometres and 84,600 tonnes of CO2.

Among the world’s most sustainable companies

These achievements were recognised by Barron’s Magazine, which named Brambles the second most sustainable international company in the world. In addition, Brambles has maintained its industry-leading position in the 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 recognised as a world-wide 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.” 

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