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A more sustainable future in the world of logistics

By The Blogging Crew, November 4, 2019
Sustainable development is more important today than ever, and we really need to ensure that we live within our environmental limits to help stop climate change. But a sustainable world is also a world where the society is strong and fair and enables everyone to live a full life with equal opportunities.

For us, this is what the Greencarrier Spirit is all about – and this year we released the second edition of our sustainability report: Our Spirit.

Being a fair and honest business partner, employer and member of the society and planet

Greencarrier has grown and developed successfully as a company since our start in 2000. Every day we strive to deliver innovative solutions and personal service that makes our customers happy – so that we can continue to be successful.  But success for us is not just about economic needs, it’s about considering the wider impact of our operations and being a fair and honest business partner, employer and member of the society.

We have a long term ambition that includes taking responsibility for the environment, the society and the people in it. At Greencarrier we call this approach to sustainable development “The Greencarrier Spirit”  and we base our work on the UN’s Global Compact.


The 2030 Agenda – Global Goals for Sustainable Development

In 2015, 193 world leaders in the United Nations agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these goals are reached, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Nations, companies and individuals all need to get involved in these goals to enable the change.

Greencarrier’s actions towards the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

As part of our ambitions within sustainability, we have reviewed all 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development and their 169 Targets. We have evaluated where we can make most impact and defined five prioritized goals based on our four focus areas in the Greencarrier Spirit Model: environment, employees, society and business.

Here’s what these goals mean to us and what we do to contribute to them.

Goal 7 Affordable and clean energy

We develop our transportation products towards an increased use of clean energy, for instance by developing our rail solution or by our all electric trucks for distribution in Shanghai, as well as to increase the use of clean energy in our offices and premises. The latter is part of our Green Office  initiative.

Together with our partner Solvatten we provide clean, heated water powered by clean energy directly in the homes of families where clean water is not always available, empowering especially women.

Goal 8 Decent work and economic growth

Our ambition is to grow as a company, but not at the cost of the environment, society or people. We have a long term perspective to how we run our company, this to enable sustainable economic growth. We have the ambition to be the most attractive employer in the industry and therefore we work actively with our culture and values – as well as with employee development programs.

Together with our partner Universeum we work in a school project called Future Transports, sharing our knowledge about logistics and contributing to the education of young people.

Goal 10 Reduced inequalities

We promote an inclusive work place where people are treated equally.  We believe in equality, fairness and the empowerment of everyo­ne irrespective of origin, religion, gender, age, etc. This is part of our culture and values.

Together with our partner My Dream Now  some of our employees are mentors to students in schools where resources and role models are needed, this way contributing to a more equal society and the education of young people.

Goal 12 Responsible consumption and production

We strive to develop our products to become environ­mentally smarter. This is done by planning and advice to our customers, choosing the best available transport mode from an environmental perspective. We develop intermodal solutions, shortsea and train solutions as alternatives to less climate smart options.

We evaluate our suppliers and we report what we do to develop our work with sustainability.

Goal 13 Climate action

We strive to lower our relative emissions on delivered trans­ports by choosing the best available suppliers and plan our transports smarter. We work to promote green initiatives in our offices and premises, as mentioned, with the Green Office initiative. We also promote actions towards cleaner land and oceans by engaging in external networks such as Closer.

In Norway we have started a project, using equipment (a port bin) that cleans the oceans from plastic and other waste in the five Norwegian ports where we have operations. This initiative is sponsored by our customers via our Green Contribution initiative.

Learn more!

If you want to learn more about our view on sustainability, and what we actually do, please read our Sustainability Report or check out our web site and blog. You can also check out how we give back to the society and environment via our Greencarrier Spirit fund, where we set aside 1% of our profit each year for projects within sustainability that our employees can initiate.

And of course, you are more than welcome to contact me or one of my colleagues!

/Åsa Leander